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My brother was readmitted to the hospital this past weekend after only being released not too long before that. He had another pancreatitis attack. So, I have been worrying about him like crazy.

Last night, I got a call around 4 a.m. (10 p.m. Ohio time) from my mother’s neighbor. When the phone rang my heart stopped. I was afraid to pick up the line. Terrified to hear bad news. It was bad.

My brother was sent to another hospital by helicopter. They found that he has a tear in his aorta. My cousins drove my mother from Dayton to Columbus so that she can be with my brother. I am so thankful that she isn’t alone. Yet, I need to be there.

I want to be there and not here waiting.

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  • Anna May 26, 2010, 10:31 am

    All the best for your brother!!
    I do not know you – but am thinking of you. Being a sister myself, I know that it would be really tough for me, if I could not be together with my little brother in such a situation. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • christina May 26, 2010, 12:22 pm

    I’m so sorry, Pumpkin. I know how difficult it is to be away from your loved ones at times like this.

  • Pumpkin May 26, 2010, 1:42 pm

    Thank you both. I just got a call from my father. He told me that it turns out my brother doesn’t have a tear in his aorta. The other hospital was 100 percent sure he did but after tests done at this hospital (a heart hospital) it turns out that he if fine!!! Yippee.

    He does still have the issue due to his pancreatitis attack and trying to get it all settled down. His doctor said that it isn’t currently life threatening even if it is very serious. He is at one of the best hospitals in the US so perhaps it isn’t a bad thing that the other hospital saw something that wasn’t there.

    Our family just let out a big sign of relief. I most likely will be visiting the US anywhere within the next two months depending on my brothers condition. It will feel good to be with my family after all of this.

  • anne May 26, 2010, 5:11 pm

    So pleased to read your last comment :-) I think you need to be over there with them. As you say he is in one of the best hospitals in the US… sometimes hospitals make mistakes that turn out for the good .. Take care xx

  • might i add...? May 26, 2010, 9:19 pm

    I’m so relieved to hear your last update, Tracy. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • expatraveler May 27, 2010, 3:38 am

    Glad things are turning around for the better.. Just as I got word that I got a new job, my father is in the hospital too. Hopefully it’s just something that needs monitoring and he will be back and at it tomorrow!

  • sev May 28, 2010, 5:44 pm

    im so glad it turned out ok . my dad is battling liver cancer , beat it but he now has lung cancer . its looking good though they are sure they will fix it , so i know so well that waiting thing . dad had the best hospital too and it makes a big difference . could be a blessing in disguise ! and a good excuse to visit and watch a storm .
    im scared of spiders !
    love to you xxxxxx

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