Friday, December 21, 2012

Dad, Dwarves, and Disappointments

Lost somewhere in Moria?

Update: Hooray!  Dad's coming home today!  (22nd)

Sadly Gandalf the Grey and the brave band of dwarves never made it to Rohan Thursday.  Unfortunately on Wednesday (on his birthday no less), my Dad had to be rushed to the hospital after doing his best Hillary Clinton impersonation, and passing out while helping my Mom put on her socks (Is there a connection?).  After receiving a nasty bump to his forehead, being out for a few minutes, and having a low blood pressure, he still sprung up bound and determined to go to the Senior Center for his weekly cribbage game.

After getting checked out for a stroke, the doctors found that Atrial fibrillation was to blame (not Mom's socks or feet after all), and have manged so far to control his heartbeat with medication.  They've continued to monitor and everything seems OK now, but no word on if and when he can go home.  As he did suffer a cardiac arrest a number of years ago and had to be revived, I'm all for making sure Dad's OK.  I do fear (along with him) that he might get stuck in the hospital over the weekend and maybe Christmas if no doctors are around to clear him.

Sorry Dad, turning 73 sucks apparently...

Dad gave us all a good scare, but looks to be almost out of the woods.  You always hear stories about people losing loved ones around the holidays or birthdays, and I have no desire to join that club.  So I missed my Lord of the Rings game, but I still have my Dad.  Good trade in my book.

Really missing the game was mostly disappointing only due to the fact that we don't get to play Lord of the Rings very often at all.  After initiating the idea, we conveniently planned the battle close to Eric's birthday (on the 22nd) who is also a big LOTR/Tolkien fan.  Hopefully we can still play the planned scenario sometime in January after the holidays calm down.  We'll see.

Happy birthday buddy!

Not to totally disappoint and help end this post brighter note, Eric did pass on some pics of the battle to share.  They ended up playing the "Lords of Battle" scenario from the army books with 1200 points aside.  The table featured some old mountain terrain Eric made years ago for a long forgotten Warhammer campaign (We last used them in our Viking battles I think).  Without their shorter friends with axes, the forces of Rohan, etc. didn't fair too well against the Uruk-hai pikes and trolls.  Still everyone had a blast.



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22 comments:

  1. So glad to hear your Dad is out of serious trouble. Fingers crossed for you all that he gets released by Christmas, and if not then he is in great care.

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    1. Thanks Paul, I'm hoping they clear him today (Sat).

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  2. Good to hear your dad has pulled through after a close encounter with a a pair of socks... was it a Morgul pair of socks? Did they dissappear afterwards in a whisp of smoke on the breeze? Devilsihly fiendish these devices of Sauron! ;-)

    Thank for saring the pics of the game, looks good fun and nice terrain!



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    1. Thanks Scott! Mom claims she doesn't read my blog... this is the true test I guess. :-)

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  3. Hope your Dad's feeling better, that's a nasty bump on his head, let's hope he's out of hospital for Christmas.

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    1. Thanks Ray. I was surprised too since his head didn't hit anything but the carpet.

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  4. What a scare, but great to hear the old man is on the road to recovery - a fair trade indeed. Have a great Christmas Jason.

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    1. Thanks Michael, I'll take that swap anytime. Have a great Christmas yourself!

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  5. Its good to see that your da is okay, though that is a nasty bump on his head and yes that is the best trade. Have a Great Xmas there mate

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  6. Sorry to hear that your Dad's stuck in Hospital but at least he's on the mend.

    Have a Merry Christmas

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    1. Yep, thanks and have a merry Christmas yourself!

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  7. Hope your dad gets well soon and is back isle for Christmas!

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  8. Nowadays, hospitals move people out the door ASAP so fingers crossed that your dad gets released before Christmas.

    Merry Christmas Jason!

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    1. Thanks Monty, just found out he's coming home today! Merry Christmas to you too.

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  9. Glad your Dads out for good behaviour ;-) and getting home. All the best for the festive season to your Pa and you.

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    1. Thank you for the well wishes and Merry Christmas!

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  10. I'm glad to hear that your Dad is well after all.

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and your kin!

    Cheers
    Monty

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  11. Sorry you had to miss the game Jason. The dwarves would have kicked some serious ass too! Lucky those damn Uruks...

    Like everyone here, I'm glad your father will be home for Christmas. Nothing worse than having injuries and hospital visits during the Holidays.

    Merry Christmas friend.

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  12. Boy, you sure are not having an easy time right now... although I think as long as your dad made it OK, it is good luck! I am keeping my fingers crossed for your family and hope they have checked him out already!

    Have a very merry and healthy Christmas!

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