Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Dad is much better now

I woke up just before noon after getting home from the hospital early this morning. I was taking care of a few things around that house that needed to be done. Mom was already at the hospital and Celia was going to be there at 5:00.
Mom called, there were a few things that dad wanted me to bring with me to the hospital. That's when it hit me. "He asked for these things?" Mom told me that dad was so much better now. He is lucid and is aware of what is going on around him.
When I arrived at the hospital, he was listening to the Laker game on the radio. He asked if there had been any calls and we were able to talk about most every day "normal" stuff.
When the Laker game ended, he said that I should go home and get some sleep. He said he's depressed because the Lakers lost the game by a last minute three point shot, losing the game by one point. Well, maybe not depressed so much as disappointed.

It was like a ton of weight was taken off me. I was so relieved dad was back to his old self. It is a hard thing to hear your dad calling out for his mommy, hallucination or not.

Once again, thank you everyone for all your prayers.

Wait it was St. Patrick's Day yesterday?

Monday, March 16, 2009

Dad's operation

Some of you already know this for many of you this may be the first. My dad had an x-ray done a month ago and they found a spot in his upper left lung. A CT scan pretty much showed the same thing. Two weeks ago they did a biopsy and the doctors say that it looks like lung cancer though they still weren't a 100%. Regardless of whether it is cancer or not, they have to operate to remove the spot, which was around 2-3 cms.
He went into the hospital Thursday morning at 5:45 am and his surgery was scheduled for 7:45 am. The operation was to take 3 hours ended up taking a little over 4 hours. He came out of surgery at about noon today and woke up from the general anesthesia at 2:30 pm. The surgeon came out and told us that the surgery was a success and that they removed a little under half his left lung. They will be keeping my dad in the hospital for 7 days.

He has been having a bad reaction to the whole procedure in that he wakes up confused and disoriented. Most times he does not know where he is or why he is in the hospital. My family and I are taking turns staying with him in the hospital so he sees a familiar face whenever he wakes up.
Many have been calling asking how he is doing. Thank you for your concerns, well wishes and prayers. I will update here when I am able.
Thank you.