Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Thinking About Dad
This is one of my favorite pictures of my father ever. It's hard to believe it was taken nearly four years ago. I don't remember this moment. I don't remember the cigars. I just think he looks so happy in this picture, and he's not crying...which was a rarity on my wedding day.
Dad is on my heart tonight, as he prepares to go in for another heart surgery tomorrow. He had his first operation in December, in an attempt to correct an electrical problem that's making his heart fire wrong. For the past several months he's been dealing with his heart beating 300 beats a minute at unexpected times. To say he was feeling miserable was an understatement.
So his dr. suggested surgery last December, where they would go in and burn away some scar tissue inside his heart to fix the problem. It works the first time for 90% of patients. But my dad likes to be different, so it didn't work for him. He had a couple of weeks without symptoms, but then the pain and the heart racing came back, worse than before.
Because of the way the surgery is performed, they had to wait three months between procedures before his body would be ready again. Well the time has come and tomorrow morning he'll head to the hospital again. The doctor seems confident that they can take care of it this time.
It's days like this I hate being so far from my family. Colorado seems like the other side of the world right now.
Prayers and positive thoughts for Dad would be really appreciated! I want him to get back to feeling healthy again!