“In case you never get a second chance: don't be afraid!"
"And what if you do get a second chance?" "You take it!”
I am wondering if someone out there is holding a voo doo doll of me and hastily stabbing pins everywhere but in me. Quit it. You're missing the target.
I thought that if I did not blog about the first (...as much as I have wanted to, I was told no and I have been SCREAMING on the inside! Still. AM. :x) or second (more?) that these things would not occur in threes or more but they do. I still haven't written, much at all actually.
Currently - my father is sitting in the Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center in Boston, MA awaiting a Triple Bypass Heart Surgery on Friday morning after two RED FLAG WARNINGS that landed him in the ER.
11 years ago, he had a stent placed after a mild heart-attack. These warnings (DO NOT IGNORE YOUR HEART, PEOPLE!) happened just after he lost his job and likely stress was of no help.
What is a Triple Bypass?
When one of the heart's arteries gets blocked and a person has a heart attack, one common procedure is to perform heart surgery and sew in a new piece of blood vessel to bridge over (bypass) the blockage. In many cases, the surgeon will fix not only the immediate problem, but also other arteries on the heart that are starting to look blocked. If the surgeon repairs three of the arteries, it is called a triple bypass. If four arteries are repaired, it's a quadruple bypass.
He's losing weight rapidly while in the hospital. He had lost weight in a medically-supervised plan with his physician's office just prior to this event, but now he's busted into the 200's.
He's off the nicotine, and mentioned that the nurses kept trying to slip him nicotine-patches and he doesn't crave them. It's been nearly a week, smoke-free! This is a huge deal. Hopefully after surgery and rehab he can maintain living smoke-free, he's done it before.
He can rock this.
He appreciates your well-wishes.
- "What is a heart bypass operation?" 01 April 2000. HowStuffWorks.com. 27 March 2013.