April 1, 2011

My father is in the hospital with congestive heart failure, which, considering the fact that it contains the words “heart” and “failure,” is actually not as bad as you might think. I mean, it’s bad, but it’s not a heart attack, and that is encouraging, since I don’t want my dad to die just yet. He initially texted me to say he had “water-on-the-lung,” which sounds marvellously 18th century, like consumption, but when I spoke to him, they had determined it was CHF (I don’t know if anyone abbreviates it that way, really, but I’m going to).

I would like to rush to his bedside, or to his house to look after him, since they plan to discharge him in a few days, but my wife is at a conference in Montreal and I am home with two small boys, and I don’t even think we have the money to buy a flight to Portland on short notice. (My bank card was declined at Dunkin’ Donuts this morning for a $2.30 purchase, but I’m hoping that was just a card-reading error.) Luckily, Max has stepped up in the family support and reassurance department, producing a lovely get well card, which I already e-mailed to my dad (technology! it is bringing families closer together and stuff!). Here it is:

Also, I note with great pride that Max uses, without any particular urging from me, the Oxford comma. I feel that right-thinking people, left to their own devices, will always choose the Oxford comma because there is a natural pause before the “and.” It is reassuring to gain this evidence, scant and isolated though it may be, that my son is, in fact, sensible.


One Response to “Illness”

  1. your mother's ex said

    It is much more important that the Oxford comma is–though with only anecdotal evidence–the natural choice of English speakers, than that I have CHF, which is the choice of medical professionals, BTW.

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