Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Another Dad Update

My dad had a few tests run last week because of his hospital stay earlier in the month.  (For background on the story click here, here, and here.)  He's doing better as far as the blood infection is concerned, but his blood pressure has spiked several times since he's been home (200 systolic over 115 diastolic) and the doctors couldn't figure out what was causing it. 

He's had several tests done, and seemed to be very healthy.  He's had brain scans, an echo cardiogram, chest x-rays, and lots and lots of blood work, and everything comes back normal.  So the doctors decided to check his kidneys. 

While they were checking his stomach area out, they noticed gallstones, a small hernia, and an aortic aneurysm.  I'm not a doctor, but I recognize the danger words, and aneurysm is one of those.  Which led me to Google.  Basically, his aorta has a bulge in it.  The doctor that reviewed his test results told him that they don't do usually worry or do emergency surgery until the bulge reaches a 6.  My Dad's is at a 5.5.  So this Friday he gets to go see a specialist.  It's likely that he'll have to have surgery to repair the bulge.  But we won't know for sure until the visit on Friday.

Honestly, I'm scared out of my mind.  It's been a long journey for us to get to the point where we're pregnant.  I've wanted so badly to be able to have my dad see his first grandchild, and having him in and out of the hospital makes me worry.  I know he's not getting any younger; he's 70 for crying out loud.  And yes, I realize I'm being fatalistic, and he's more then likely going to be ok.  But I worry, and I cry.

I realize I've asked for more than my fair share of support already.  But I'm asking for more.  Please keep my Dad in your thoughts and prayers, again. 


  1. I am thinking of your dad and praying everything is ok.

    thanks for your congrats. I'm terrified...that's normal, right???

  2. I most certainly will. I would be scared too, even though as you said, things will most likely turn out to be just fine. Hang in there and make sure to take care good care of yourself. Thinking of you, your father, and your family!