Update on My Father-in-Law

First, thanks you to everyone who prayed for my father-in-law.

After running all of their tests on Friday and finding six blockages to his heart, the doctors decided that he was stable enough for them to play golf over the weekend for them to wait for an opening in the operating room today.

The nice thing about this was that he was able to get a five hour furlough from the hospital yesterday to come to the family get-together that had been planned for over a month. His younger sister from down south was there. And a couple of relatives that have refused to be in the same room together for about a year now called a truce (and even seemed to be patching things up!) for the occasion. Prayers were said and love was expressed. I’m really glad that he got to be there.

On the way home, I told Sean that his dad was obviously more concerned than he was letting on. When Sean asked why, I pointed out that Tom had kissed me on the cheek when he left.

“Yeah, me too,” Sean said.

“Um, your dad has NEVER kissed me,” I pointed out.

“Well, I think he is just accepting that things might not go how he hopes tomorrow,” he answered.

Um, you say potato, I say beady-eyed root vegetable. (“You say potato, I say potato,” just doesn’t work well in print.)

From what I understand, Tom’s surgery started about  7:00 or 8:00 this morning and ended around 3:00 or 4:00 this afternoon—longer than expected. I still don’t know if he ended up with a triple or quadruple bypass. (Even though there were six blockages, some were in the same arteries. We teased him that he should be ashamed of himself for getting us all worked up over a sextuple bypass when, it turns out, he would “only” need a triple or quadruple one.) We are still finding out details but, apparently, it took so long because they were having a hard time finding soft tissue to graft the veins onto.

We are being told that he has very advanced heart disease. That is not at all what we had expected to hear. Before the surgery, they told us that, other than the blockages, his heart seemed to be in good condition. So this is a complete change from what we were expecting.

For right now, we are trying to focus on the short-term relief of knowing that he is through the surgery ok. But long term? We’re scared.


ETA: We just found out that it was a quadruple bypass.



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2 responses to “Update on My Father-in-Law

  1. Sunflower Seeds

    Glad to hear your father-in-law is out of surgery and doing well. We’ll keep him in our prayers. Bypass surgeries are no fun…regardless of the patient’s age. We had a friend who had a double one done at 42 yrs old…my grandfather had a quadruple one at 72. BTW – Grandpa did great after his quadruple. He also had advanced heart disease, but was able to make a remarkable rebound and lived well into his late 80s. 😉 We’ll keep praying.

  2. Nancy

    I have seen it written this way – you say po-ta-to, I say po-tah-to.

    There is information out there about reversing heart disease, or at least stopping it in its tracks, through diet. One of the keys seems to be getting the fat intake down to extremely low levels.

    Focus on the positive. He’s doing well today, and we will keep praying that he continues to do well.

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