Tuesday, Love’s dad goes in for open heart surgery. Last week he was doing better but they wanted to do a stress test to check his heart before deciding if he was ready to be discharged or not. See, apparently when his gallbladder ruptured, it put so much stress on his body that he had a heart attack. We didn’t know that until just recently. So there was some concern that there could be damage or other issues – hence the stress test.
Well, turns out there are problems. His arteries are like 90% blocked apparently and they may need to replace a valve. (Love said quadruple bypass and possible valve replacement.) They had to wait until after the holiday weekend for surgery so it’s scheduled for Tuesday. It should be something like 6-8 hours. The cardiologist said it’s a 92% survivability rate. I guess the most difficult part is the first two hours after the surgery. If his heart doesn’t kick back in on it’s own in that two hours, there’s nothing further to be done. The doctor feels confident about the surgery itself but did caution about the danger zone immediately following surgery. That’s kind of one of those things outside the doctor’s control.
We went down Saturday and I got to see him. I hadn’t been down since he woke up since it’s so far away and Love just goes directly from work. I’ve talked to him on the phone but not been down there. It was good to visit and he was thrilled I came with Love. (He’s great and really loves me and the joke is that Love’s parents would probably disown him if he ever broke up with me.) He looks pretty good right now and he’s doing a lot better but….now open heart surgery. *sigh*
If everyone could keep Love’s dad in their thoughts Tuesday, I would appreciate it. Obviously we’re all worried because this is major surgery and serious issues. Just want it to go well so he can get better and go home. (It’s five days post op in the hospital so if all goes well, he’s home like the 11th or so.) We just all want him to be past this and on the road to recovery, you know?
And that’s the update for now.