I just talked to my mom on the phone.  My step-father needs a quadruple (!!!) quintuple (even more !!!!!s) bypass.  I didn’t even know they did that many at once, but they do.  He’ll have to be in San Francisco, which is just far enough away to be a huge pain for my mom.  You want to be close times like these and also able to leave the hospital and get stuff from home when needed.  Plus, if you need to get there fast, an hour away is really really far. 

I’m so worried for him that I have to just have faith that he’ll be fine.  I think he will.  Mom says he seems good right now.  Surgery has to wait until the blood thinners are out of his system, so he’s stuck in the hospital for several extra days. 

Thanks very much for all the comments and emails.  It’s so nice to have people all over sending good thoughts.  I really believe that it helps.  John is off work next week, so I will finally get a chance to help my mom with errands or phone calls or whatever she needs from me.  If only I were a paralegal, I could work for her and that would take a huge load off her mind.  But, they would throw me out the window (several floors up) before lunch, I am sure. 

Yikes.  I forgot to put the kids to bed.  Willow fell asleep at 7, and the big ones are being quiet.  Better run.

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  1. TitanKT

    My best blessy wishes to your dad for an uneventful surgery and a speedy recovery. OF COURSE he will be fine. I can certainly understand your worry, though. Any surgery is scary and being in the hospital right now has got to be pretty crummy. I know you’ll be glad when you can get there and help your mom. We’ll all be anxious to hear news whenever you have time to pop back on and let us know.

    In the meantime, I’m keeping you and your family and especially your dad in my thoughts.

  2. Ashley

    Hi Jen – James and I are going to drive up on Monday to be there for the surgery. You’re more than welcome to drive up with us if you want. I’ll probably ask Caitlin if she wants to come with us, too. Just let me know.

    By the way, check out the Mayo Clinic’s website. Reading it made me feel SO much better about all this.

  3. lin

    We’re getting to that age where we hear so frequently about friends or friends’ parents or friends who are having multiple bypasses and to a person, they feel like they’ve been reborn once they heal. Positive vibes and courage. He will feel so much stronger afterwards.


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