CAT Scan

The first day of work at Ziglar in 2010 had a few twists in it.
Picked up Dad at 7:00 a.m. so that we could get an early start; attending our 8:00 a.m.  company devotions, which was awesome, as usual.

Learned at 8:30 that our phone system was down.  Learned a little later our hard drive crashed on the computer so while the phones are working, all of the needed features like voice mail are not!  Suddenly 2010 feels like 1975!

Mom picks up Dad at 10:00 a.m. to go home.  As Cindy and I head out to lunch at 11:30, Mom calls and says Dad is very dizzy.  We head over to Mom and Dad’s place instead.

Mom calls Dad’s doctor who put the brain shunt in last year to relieve his hydrocephalous.  They order a CAT scan ASAP.  We borrow a wheelchair for Dad and head down to the hospital.  (Dad is absolutely loving the attention, as he feels totally normal except when he tries to stand up.)

Arrive at the CAT scan place at 1:15 p.m.  Get checked in, and they promise to work us in.  It’s packed and I am thinking they are running some sort of “start the new year with an X-Ray special”!  Everybody in the room is so nice and courteous.
Dad needs to go to the men’s room and I get elected to help. (Still can’t believe Mom and Cindy voted for me!)

I help Dad, since his balance is way off.  I ask him if he would like some privacy and he says yes, so I turn off the bathroom light. It’s pitch black, as we both laugh in the darkness!  (Side note: Dad has always been able to laugh in the dark.)

Amazingly, when we come out they are ready for us.  They ask Dad a list of 50 questions about his medical history, and Mom gets 48 of them right!  Cindy and I correct the other two.  Dad somehow manages to make a funny comment or joke about almost every question.

We are moved to another waiting area.  Two different “higher ups” check in on us.  The service really is amazing at Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center at Presbyterian Hospital on Walnut Hill in Dallas.  Had a very nice conversation with Debbie Merten, the Technical Director.  Turns out she trained one of our staff development programs in the 1990’s when she was at Saint Paul Hospital in Dallas.  No wonder the customer service is so good!

(Side note:  Saint Paul Hospital is where my sister Suzie lost her battle against pulmonary fibrosis in 1995, and Debbie was teaching our program at that time.  I can’t tell you how it made our family feel when we went through that time with Suzie and having the hospital staff treat us like family.)

At 2:00 p.m. they take Dad back for the CAT scan.  Mom rides shotgun.

At 2:15 they come back, all done!

In Ziglar tradition we do the only logical thing, we head to IHOP for some FOOD!  The thought of Harvest Grain pancakes drives the dizziness from Dad’s body and he returns to normal (or I guess whatever is normal for Zig Ziglar).

Arrive at IHOP about 3:00.  Dad doesn’t need the wheelchair anymore.  We laugh as we eat gi-normous omelets with pancakes.

At 3:45 the phone rings with the results.  All good, nothing wrong with the shunt, and most likely a little inner ear problem or a lingering effect of the fall from a few years ago.

On the way home from IHOP Dad informs us that his next book is going to be on encouragement, since so many people are down right now.  Life is back to normal.

Drop Mom and Dad off and Cindy takes me back to the office to get my car.

Still have a 1975 phone system at the office, but I don’t care.

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7 Comments on “CAT Scan”

  1. David Roller Says:

    Thank god dad is ok- I am looking forward to hearing him here in Phoenix on the 4th & as an alum- saw him in san francisco, am getting a lot of people to attend with us

  2. Harry Tucker Says:

    Wow – this is an incredibly powerful post, Tom, that captures so much in one brief message.

    The committment of the family and the organization, expressed in the form of morning devotions.

    The love and dedication of family that pulls together to take care of your father.

    The rush, insanity and worry that often accompanies a visit to the hospital.

    The sadness reliving the loss of your sister (I was very sorry to read this).

    The release of getting out of the hospital and celebrating fun food.

    The relief of good news.

    What a post – the reader feels like they were right there with the Ziglar family.

    “What is normal for Zig Ziglar” forms yet again another source of inspiration for us all.

    Thank you for sharing this.

    God bless.


  3. Ken Says:

    This is the first time I’ve looked at your web-site in years and then to see and read your blog Wow is right. I meet your father back in 1977 and went to several of his seminars. I’ve read See You At The Top a 100 time my most pride possession is a signed copy of the book.

    I hope all is well with Zig now and to many more good years.

  4. V Says:

    Oh dear…
    I hope he is better then good now…

    My mom had some problem like that, almost exactly one year ago. The equilibrium organ just stopped working and had some trouble to “reboot”.

    He really (yeah, one should never try to translate proverbs)”grew to my heart” in the last few months. In fact, he saves me from giving up. Am fighting to get my Master’s degree right now. (while fighting a bad depression and knowing my heart being in Japan, were my love is)
    Not an easy time and I want to thank him, his family and all the staff for providing help, that is needed so badly right now.
    When all is done and finished, I will write a letter. (is there a mailing address for fan post? 😉 )

    Greetings and big hug from Germany, bless you all!

    (Sorry for my silly English, am not yet good enough but working on it! Promise.)

  5. Lane Says:

    I’m glad to hear that your dad is in good spirits. Sorry to hear that he’s having a bit of a hard time with his health. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Gary Duke Says:


    You are reaching us, informing us, working with your family to help your Mom & Dad, and working in the business to help others.

    May God protect, guide, and bless each of the Ziglars in 2010 is my prayer for you.

  7. Dave Hurley Says:

    “Retirement is for people who made a bad carreer choice” He as I do not give up or give in. God Bless all

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