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June 4th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

My brother called a little bit ago. He had a good friend of his who is a doctor talk directly to my dad's nurse and get the nitty gritty. It doesn't sound good at all.

He had two arteries?? vena cava?? (sorry can't remember my biology right now) completely 100% blocked. They put a stint in his left one with a balloon to tide him over til he's strong enough for more surgery. He is more than likely going to have to have open heart surgery within the next few days and get a pacemaker.

There were some other numbers and stats my brother told me that weren't good, but I can't remember them right now. But essentially dad will no longer be able to mow lawns, lift furniture, do anything overexciting or overexerting.

The other numbers had something to do with fluid building up in his lungs - which has begun to happen already.

So .. it is extremely likely that I will be booking a plane ticket for Thursday, or perhaps even Wednesday. I'll need to find someone to take care of Kari, because although I'll schedule my return flight for Sunday ... I may need to stay longer. Frown

In my head I knew my dad was turning 69 this year, but in reality I haven't seen him as a senior citizen (I won't say old, because I don't consider 69 old!) Even if he does make it through the surgery, I don't think he's going to care much for life after - he is a doer, a go getter, a type A personality who isn't happy sitting around.

The really hard thing is that he's going to need care ... and he is grandma's caretaker. So .. we're going to have to figure that out.

Holy cow! The tickets I'm seeing are equal to two weeks (after tax) pay for me! It doesn't matter if it's Wednesday or Thursday I'm leaving ...

4 Responses to “More news”

  1. mamasita Says:

    I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, it's hard watching those you love go through these things as they get older.

    As for the money, for really important things life has a way of working out so that I manage to have enough. a refund comes, extra hours at work, or a drop in price, somehow the universe aligns just so and things work out. Someone is watching out for us all!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm so sorry that it isn't better news. I would hope that he can gain strength in time and accept his new lifestyle. I'm sure he will appreciate you being there.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I missed your earlier post. I'm so sorry -- it's so hard to see your parents start to fail in health. However, it sounds like he is getting very good care. Although his life will be different post-surgery, the human spirit is very resilient and I know he will still find many ways to enjoy life. I do believe my own father was happier after his heart attack because he learned to slow down and value every moment.

  4. Monkey Mama Says:


    I wouldn't get too caught up in worrying too far ahead. Those go-getter types don't take these things sitting down. He will be fine.

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