Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Tomorrow my Dad has a stress test scheduled. He has to have this done prior to surgery.

He is going to have to have surgery for his "Triple A"- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. We don't know when yet- but it should be soon.

We are waiting to see if the manufacturer of the stent they would use thinks it will work in Dad's situation. There is information about this surgery at The Mayo Clinic Website.

In Dad's case I guess the artery right below the aneurysm is bent and there is concern by the doctor whether or not this will work.

Dad had major heart surgery 5 years ago. Quadruple by-pass, valve replacement and a valve repair. There was some kidney damage at the time and  was on dialysis for a short time. He has also had a stroke about 10 or 11 years ago and had surgery on his carotid artery in his neck. Dad is 85 years old- almost 86, his birthday is in September.

I have so many concerns about this. Obvious ones. The life and death ones. Concerns for him and for my mom.  The "what ifs"...

So today is a normal day as we wait for tomorrow. Tomorrow will likely be a normal day as well- medical tests are nothing new in this household.

It's the wait- the waiting to find out when and how that is hard.


Mary Beth said...

You'll be in my prayers. Your mom & dad too, of course.

Emily said...

Thank you for your comments on my blog. I appreciate your encouragement a lot.