Monday, June 29, 2009

Dad goes to the hospital

I better explain a few more details about my father's condition.

He's got glaucoma and was in for a regular check up. The doctor noticed something and passed on the info to another doctor who noticed the blockage. That's a sharp eyed eye doctor who was on the ball. There was really no indication of anything wrong. But dad did say one night he had a moment of numbness in his side and his speech slurred for a moment. I'm still not sure when this happened, but it was done in an instant.

His surgery will be on the carotid arteries. The test was done last week and the surgery will happen Tuesday at Covenant Hospital in Waterloo. He'll likely be there 2 days, maybe two overnights, but we'll see. He's not big on hospitals, but this will have to do.

The procedure will try to free up the 80% blockage in his carotid. The doctors will cut along his neck and try to free that blockage. It should take about 90 to 120 minutes.

Dad's cholesterol, blood pressure, eye pressure levels are all normal. He's a really healthy guy for someone who smoked for more than 40 years, but has since stopped.

I appreciate the prayers and thoughts for Kent.

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