August 20, 2006


By this afternoon there were supposed to be finished lace projects, and socks mailed, and a knitting gathering attended, and silly pictures for Amazing Lace posted. But Friday night everything turned upside down. My dad went in for a routine physical Friday afternoon, mentioned he'd been having some chest pains after exercising, they ran some tests, sent him off for more tests, and before we all knew what was happening he had been admitted. Early Saturday morning he went into surgery and five hours later they had performed a six-way bypass. He's doing really well and what minor complications there were have been successfully dealt with so far, thankfully, but it's been a pretty stressful few days. My little sister flew down and is staying with us for a few days, so we're driving back and forth to the hospital so we can be there, both to be with my dad, but also for my mom, making sure that she doesn't have to worry about anything else (like houseguests, or dinner, or anything else we can take care of) except my dad for a little while.

Posted by Jenipurr at August 20, 2006 07:14 PM

Don't forget to take some sock knitting with you to the hospital - it's so theraputic! Patients have said, "Oh, if you're knitting, I must be doing OK", so it encourages them and calms you.

God's blessings on your Dad's recovery.

Posted by: Barbara-Kay at August 20, 2006 08:08 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about your father. I will keep him in my prayers. Hang in there.

Posted by: Claudia at August 20, 2006 08:26 PM

Best wishes for all and I hope your Dad is feeling better soon. Thank goodness he went to see the doctor.

Posted by: Janice at August 20, 2006 08:54 PM

Oh, no! I'm glad he's going to be o.k., but what a fright you all have had. Thank heavens he thought to mention those chest pains.

Posted by: Ruth at August 21, 2006 05:49 AM

Oh wow! The only really good thing is that they caught it and it was so fast. Good thoughts for your dad!

And take your knitting. It'll help keep you from going crazy, but something mindless is probably better.

Posted by: Carrie K at August 21, 2006 12:26 PM

So sorry to hear about your dad, best wishes on his recovery!

Posted by: teresa at August 25, 2006 09:52 PM