Life has a way of kicking you in the teeth.

Just when we thought everything was finally calming down with medical issues in the family, life had other plans.  Sunday evening, en route from Tokyo airport to Chicago, I got a text message from J’s mom that J’s father was being admitted to the hospital for chest pains.  For those of you who have been around for some time, J’s father had a massive heart attack on J’s birthday last year.  If you’re relatively new to my blog, the post explaining everything is here.  The doctor’s at the hospital took J’s father back to surgery immediately, and put in a stent to prevent further heart attacks and to allow the clot to flow.  J’s father recovered fairly quickly and was doing really well.  Until now.

Sunday came, and J’s father had chest pains.  The Nitro wasn’t helping, so he went to the ER and they promptly admitted him after looking at his history.  The doctors went back in and did another heart cath (luckily, they were able to go through his wrist this time instead of his groin), and determined that it was another block that was causing the pain, not the artery with the stent in it.  At this point, they had two options.

Option 1:  Put in a second stent.  This option, while not bad, wasn’t the best because J’s father is diabetic.  Due to the diabetes, the doctors have had better luck with a different course of action, rather than placing another stent.  Stents are more of a short-term fix in J’s father’s case, so they were wanting to make sure they were keeping their eye on the future, not just the “here and now.”

Option 2:  Bypass surgery.  At this point, the doctors were looking at AT LEAST a triple bypass, if not quadruple.  They felt this was a better option due to J’s father’s diabetes.  The only concern was the heavy dose of blood thinners that he was on, due to the stent placed last year.

J’s father decided to go with the bypass surgery, and has been scheduled for Monday.  We’re all nervous and worried about how this will play out, but we’re hopeful this will solve the problem.  J is a wreck, but hanging in there, which is good.  Overall, any spare prayers out there would be greatly appreciated.

That’s all that’s going on in my world…everything ok in yours?

Much love,
K.

3 thoughts on “Life has a way of kicking you in the teeth.

    • Yep, surgery is scheduled for the 24th. They have to allow nearly a week for his blood thinner to leave his system, or else he could bleed out on the table. They’ll monitor him closely though in the meantime, so it should be ok.

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