When you rule out everything else, what remains must be the truth

Daryl Hatton Cardiac, Health, Personal 2 Comments

Today I’ve been asking myself (gently – this isn’t a beating myself up session) how I got here i.e. what caused my heart attack? I thought I’d look through all the common risk factors to see how they apply. I just finished reading the Vancouver Coastal Health Cardiac Surgery Patient Guide and the Heart & Stroke Foundation Cardiac Care Guide suggestions for having a “healthy heart” diet. I’m not sure if I’m happy or sad that I’ve been doing most of these things for quite a while – no easy fix hidden in here. I would be considered a good …

Heart ache

Daryl Hatton Cardiac, Health, Personal 5 Comments

Some good news and some bad news…Good news: They successfully did the angio, mapped out the areas that are constricted and think they may even be able to repair some of the damage from the heart attack with something they want to try. Bad news: The something they want to try is open heart bypass surgery. I go in sometime within a week. Why: I have a genetic (hereditary) heart defect where the artery group that feeds the front of my heart is, well, pretty clogged. The artery that feeds the back of my heart is in perfect shape indicating …

Special Report: The Human Side of Cardiac Care

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On July 11th, 2014 at 6:25 PM Daryl Hatton, your experienced Action News Reporter, walked into the Emergency Department at Vancouver General Hospital to begin an in-depth first-hand look at emergency cardiac care in this city. The next eight articles will describe the personal side of this journey. They were originally designed as stand alone articles but have been combined into this special report with minimal editing. Here are the relevant posts: Heart Ache When you rule out… Live here at ICU First results are in By the numbers Learned overnight More learned overnight Learned over three weeks Please comment and …

Eulogy for Art Grunder

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This speech was given at my step-dad Art Grunder’s Memorial Service Monday May 12, 2014. Speaking notes are below the video. For those who don’t know me, my name is Daryl Hatton. I’m Darlene’s eldest son. From her, I’ve inherited a predilection to cry over sappy commercials on TV so we’ll see how this talk goes. Right now I wish I had more of Art’s emotional calm… My mom had a tough time being single again after her divorce. For a while that period seemed much like a harsh Prairie winter which chills to the bone and makes you wonder …

My daughter McKenna’s poetry

Daryl Hatton Personal, Poetry 2 Comments

Prepared in 30 minutes for a Grade 11 science course assignment. There was a list of required words for the poem. She nailed it. Volatile Here sat an ancient volcanic neck, It stood tall and proud; a stacked card deck. From its peak, a once known crater,  Not what it used to be, now much later. Below lay a dormant vent, A downward shaft, slightly bent. And even more so was the dike, Which sprouted like a warping spike. Abase the tunnel lay the sill, Flat but flowing like’ melted chocolate spill. And even deeper, it rested tranquil, The batholith, …