A family shift

As most of you are aware, my Dad had a heart attack back in June. Luckily it was a mild one and within two weeks he had a triple bypass. I hadn't realised before that if you have a bad heart attack then you are unable to have a bypass because of the damage done to your heart. Anyway, I digress. The week that he went home from hospital, some family shizzle went down (not directly involving me) and unfortunately things haven't been the same since.

There has been a shift in the dynamic between me and my Dad and that makes me sad. To cut a long story short, whilst my dad was there for me when I was growing up, I was never able to tell him anything about me and we ended up in a situation where he really didn't know me. All this changed when he divorced his wife (who had made my life hell from the age of 8). All of a sudden, when I got into my 20's, I had a dad who I could confide in. We finally started to get to know each other. I liked it. Finally feeling like he was there for me, I could rely on him.

Now it has changed again. It feels awkward and conversations are hard work. Our I desperately hope that this change is reversible, that we can get back to where we were before. For now though I have to grin and bear it I guess, hoping that one day soon we can talk like we used to.

You can't chose your family and, for some reason, that makes them harder to get on with! Have you had anything similar happen? What would you recommend I do now?