~ My Father's Heart Surgery ~
Thursday, August 27, 2009
They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles' wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. Isaiah 40:31
I have been out of pocket with my Father. To sum it up – the past few days have been living moment-by-moment celebrating the little gifts. Time that wouldn’t be here if my sweet Dad did not undergo open-heart surgery this past Monday.
The past few weeks God held my Dad close to Him keeping him here for us. He and his namesake (who also happens to be my son) are thick as thieves and my son sorely misses his Papa. Here is a play by play of the past 4 days.
Monday: Surgery to replace his aortic valve and bypass of main artery that was 90% blocked. Surgery lasted nearly 4 hours. The surgeon finally came in to speak to my family. He said my Dad was a miracle – that in all of his years of surgery he had never seen a valve that was as bad as my Dad’s. He received a tissue valve and had the one bypass. Later that evening his breathing tube came out and he looked much better.
Tuesday: Drainage tubes removed – still in ICU but recovering nicely. He had no pain and was moved that afternoon to the step down unit. Received one unit of blood.
Wednesday: A bump in the road and returned to ICU due to low heart rate and low pressure. A lot of pain – there was a BIG possibility that he would have to undergo surgery to replace a drain tube. More blood was given today. Dad took a few catnaps - By 3 p.m. he recovered nicely and his pressure and heart rate were better. For the first time he ATE some solid food.
Thursday: Had a peaceful night’s sleep, taken off the strong pain meds and internal pressure monitor and some IV meds were removed. He swung himself to a sitting up position to eat some breakfast. His pressure and heart rate are in the numbers they need to be. He will be walking today. Feeling much better and headed to the step-down unit. He is now off the oxygen canella and has stood up 3 times.
I thank God every day for every moment every second that my Dad is here. This entire experience through the past few days has truly humbled me. I got home the first night after 11 p.m. and asked my husband to just hold me and give me a long hug. As tears fell I whispered into his ear and told him how blessed I was to have him, how grateful I am. How proud to call him my husband. That he was the most incredible husband and Father.
I celebrated 6 years of marriage yesterday and I looked at my Dad and he told me Happy Anniversary. I smiled at him with tear filled eyes and said “Daddy this is all I need right here.”
I can’t describe how I feel –the changes that have taken place. I have been humbled. I gained a feeling of mercy towards people I didn’t know existed.
Live today to the fullest as if it’s your last – always be grateful for the little things. Never give up on something you dream and wish to accomplish.
Be thankful for the blessings we have. And just when you think you’ve got it bad – look around you. God is so good. Thanks be to Him.