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02-17-2005, 01:55 PM
My dad has to go for exploratory heart surgery today, so I won't be here much. Just wanted to let you know so you didn't think I was actually off, y'know, writing or anything. Heaven forbid!

He should be fine-- but I want to be with him. I'll check in tonight to let y'all know.

John Ravenscroft
02-17-2005, 02:14 PM
Hope it all goes OK, Jenna.

Hospitals are never fun places to be.

Liam Jackson
02-17-2005, 02:23 PM
What John said. My best to you and yours, Jenna.

02-17-2005, 02:36 PM
:Hug2: Nice to have people who care. Dad failed his "stress test" and has to have the ticker checked out. He seems pretty calm about it, but that's likely the ole' "I am DAD! I have no fear!" thing. Told me, "I know you're busy... you don't have to come," but didn't argue one bit when I said, "Quit being ridiculous. Of course I'm coming."

02-17-2005, 03:26 PM
I just wanted to add my well wishes. I'll be thinking of you and your dad. Let us know what the good word is when you get back.

three seven
02-17-2005, 04:01 PM
Me too.

02-17-2005, 04:51 PM
My prayers are with you and your family today... :Fairydust Here is a little angel for your shoulder.

02-17-2005, 04:54 PM
Positive thoughts, good vibes, warm fuzzies, etc. are all being sent your way. :)

02-17-2005, 06:21 PM
Best to you, Jenna. Everything will turn out fine.

02-17-2005, 06:35 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your dad. I know things will turn out fine, but you are doing a wonderful thing being there with him. From personal experience, with a disabled husband, who has spent the last three years in the hospital off and on, including the entire month of January last year,
it is extremely important to have an advocate when you are in the hospital.


02-17-2005, 07:10 PM

You shoulda checked with Frank and me. We both had catherizations a few months ago. Frank, the show-off, went a bit further and got a stent put in.

My thalium stress test was also positive, but it turned out to be a false positive.

Good luck

02-17-2005, 07:21 PM
All the best to your dad, Jenna. Prayers coming your way! :Hug2:

Kate StAmour
02-17-2005, 07:27 PM
I'll keep you, your Dad, and your family in my thoughts today. Cardiac Caths save lives everyday (in fact my Dad had one a year and a half ago). Your Dad should be back to his old self (and eating better or else you'll need to flog him--repeatedly) in no time.

You shoulda checked with Frank and me. We both had catherizations a few months ago. Frank, the show-off, went a bit further and got a stent put in.

My thalium stress test was also positive, but it turned out to be a false positive.

Good luck

Both of you please take care of yourselves!!

02-17-2005, 07:48 PM
I hope everything goes smoothly with your day, Jenna. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

02-17-2005, 08:01 PM
Best wishes. I'll say a prayer for you.

Brady H.

02-17-2005, 08:30 PM
*hugs* Jenna
Best wishes for your dad. I'll say a prayer for your family.

02-17-2005, 08:34 PM
Good wishes, Jenna!

Betty W01
02-17-2005, 08:49 PM
Prayers for you and dad...

02-17-2005, 08:51 PM
I went thru that fun stuff and a subsequent quintruple by-pass with the old codger a couple years back. I feel ya.

aka eraser
02-17-2005, 09:19 PM

02-17-2005, 09:29 PM
{{Jenna and family}}

02-17-2005, 10:17 PM
Thinking of you, Jenna. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteHug2.gif

02-17-2005, 11:05 PM
Positive thoughts and prayers coming your way sweetie. Come back with good news for us!


Trapped in amber
02-18-2005, 01:02 AM
I'll be thinking of you and your father.

02-18-2005, 01:24 AM
Love you guys and gals!

Prayers worked. My dad's A-OK!

Just checking in quick-like to let you know. No blocked arteries. They don't know why he's having chest pain, his rhythms are all screwed up (PVCs and PACs), but his heart isn't damaged. Very big relief for all of us. He's still there resting.


>>Frank, the show-off


I know. Frank sent me a picture of his wounds. A PICTURE! It was DISGUSTING!

I did have the decency not to work any of my PhotoShop magic on it, though. For now.

Didn't know you went through that stuff too, though. Glad you're OK!

aka eraser
02-18-2005, 02:00 AM
Glad to hear preliminary results were good Jenna.

About that pic...a "friend" of mine did Photoshop it. Without going into a whole lot of detail I'll just say it involved a garter belt and stockings.

I've been plotting my revenge for months....

02-18-2005, 02:32 AM

Sending best wishes to you and your family through your father's surgery. Take care!


02-18-2005, 02:42 AM
Good news indeed, Jenna. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/emoteThumbs.gif

Frank -- garters? So that's where they got that character name in the Rocky Horror Picture Show. You know, Dr. Frankenfurter. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/tongue.gif

02-18-2005, 03:00 AM
Frank, you had an angioplasty, didn't you... IIRC, that goes through the groin...

*oh gross*

02-18-2005, 05:13 AM
Our thoughts are with you, Jenna.

Kate StAmour
02-18-2005, 07:12 AM
I'm glad to hear that his arteries look good! :snoopy:
As far as the PVC's and PAC's, Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome can cause similar symptoms, as can too much caffeine, high stress, or issues with his internal "pacemaker". The good news is that most times diet, medication and lifestyle changes can work wonders. Better news is that you are in an area where some of the best physicians in the world practice.
I'll keep all of you in my thoughts. Please email me if you need anything.

02-18-2005, 11:01 AM

I'm glad your dad is doing all right. And its good that your there for your dad. I mean my father had a minor heartache and didn't even tell me. Can you believe that? And then he turns around and claims I don't care about his well-being. Of course I do, but it's hard to show concern when you don't know what's going on. Fathers can be hardheaded sometimes. It can be frustrating. But I am glad yours is going to be ok.

John Ravenscroft
02-18-2005, 11:25 AM
My dad's A-OK!

Good news, Jenna.

I hope the medics manage to sort out his wayward rhythms etc.

02-18-2005, 06:45 PM
Glad to hear that. I hope they figure out what's wrong and how to relieve it.

02-18-2005, 07:36 PM
Oh, thanks for popping in and letting us know he's going to be okay. You must be so relieved!

Continued thoughts and prayers for ongoing health!


02-22-2005, 08:36 PM
I cheered too soon. He has an aortic aneurysm and is going in for a procedure this afternoon. Please keep him in your prayers. Felt like I needed to tell someone and you folks are pretty great with the support. Thanks for caring.

Betty W01
02-22-2005, 08:40 PM
God bless Jenna's dad and bring him safely through his surgery, Lord. Be with Jenna, too, as she waits.

And Jenna, let us know how it goes. We'll be thinking of you both.

02-22-2005, 08:43 PM
Sending hugs and prayers, Jenna. That's scary.

aka eraser
02-22-2005, 08:56 PM
Fingers crossed and good thoughts from this corner Jen.

02-22-2005, 08:59 PM
Hi Jenna,

Glad your father's procedure went well and the news is good. Hospital procedures/surgeries are very stressful on the family as much as the patient. And I feel that way based on my past experiences in nursing as well as having had close family members undergo major surgeries. So I can relate. Positive thoughts for you and yours.......
Debbie :Sun:

John Ravenscroft
02-22-2005, 09:03 PM
Sorry to hear this, Jenna.

I wish your father well and hope everything goes as it should.

02-22-2005, 09:31 PM
Prayers for your dad Jenna

02-22-2005, 09:39 PM
Didn't see your second post Jenna. Aortic aneurysms are serious, no doubt, but the fact that the condition has been detected early and is being attended to immediately is a very good thing. Technology is so advanced and amazing things can be done today. I will keep your father in my prayers and thoughts for a successful surgery and speedy recovery.


02-22-2005, 11:02 PM
Just read this thread. Jenna, my prayers are with you and your dad.

02-23-2005, 01:19 AM
Hey Jenna. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your father. I hope everything goes smoothly with his surgery and has a speedy recovery.

02-23-2005, 01:27 AM
Positive thoughts heading yours and your father's way, Jenna. Thank goodness they found it now.


02-23-2005, 01:37 AM
Good thoughts coming his way.

02-23-2005, 01:57 AM
Lots of prayers and good thoughts for you and your family, Jenna!

02-23-2005, 09:05 AM
So far so good. They injected something into the aneurysm to make it clot and are hoping it'll just sort of get re-absorbed by the body. Sounds weird to me, but the docs seem pleased and my dad's OK. I think this is a "wait and see" game.

aka eraser
02-23-2005, 09:14 AM
Pleased docs are a good sign. :)

Keep us posted.

02-23-2005, 12:06 PM
Jenna, I don't know how I missed this thread for so long. My thoughts are with you and your dad.

02-23-2005, 03:28 PM
Give us an update when you can. We're concerned.

02-23-2005, 07:57 PM
I'm with Birol, (not actually, but in the thinking process) can't believe I didn't see this thread sooner. Hope all is going well for your dad Jenna. Thinking good thoughts for your family.


02-23-2005, 09:11 PM
I concure with all the preceding posts, only double. Wishing your dad a speedy recovery. Gosh, I'm late on this...


02-23-2005, 10:45 PM
Jenna, I just have to say that you're an inspiration to me. One (better) day I will share why, but for now, many prayers are still going up for your family.

02-23-2005, 11:29 PM

02-24-2005, 08:22 AM

I don't know how I missed this thread. I'll be praying for your father and hoping all goes well.


02-24-2005, 10:43 AM
Hang in there Jenna.

02-24-2005, 11:42 AM

My thoughts and prayers for you and your dad continue.
You know they scare us just to make up for the scares we gave them when
we were growing up :) (I know it's not a laughing matter, but I thought you
might be ready for tension break about now, if not I'm sorry.)


02-24-2005, 08:41 PM
Jenna, hope your dad's doing okay. We'll all send happy thoughts and prayers his way and create a cosmic-get-well-zen-thing flowing up to him.

02-24-2005, 09:39 PM
I've been hanging around here to get my mind off things. But things are looking good. Before they found the aneurysm, he had a lot of weird burning and bleeding under the skin-- it turned out the aneurysm was pressing on a nerve. That's already gone now-- a good sign. It's just a good thing he kept bugging the doc. Originally, the doc kept telling him to "give it a few days" to see if the burning/pain/bleeding/etc. went away. Weenie. What he should have said was, "Come right in and I'll check it out." It appears that when he did the original surgery, he poked all the way through an artery, which is what caused the aneurysm.

He got a much nicer and more attentive doc for the second procedure.

Chac, it's definitely time for humor. My last words to my dad before he went in this time were, "Don't die and I'll bring you pizza." He didn't... and I did.

02-24-2005, 09:46 PM
Good for your dad, Jenna! Too many times people just accept what they are told and don't stick up for themselves, even when they realize that things ain't exactly what they're supposed to be. Isn't the attitude change in the doc interesting.

Hope all continues to go well. Promise him more pizza. :)

02-25-2005, 10:19 AM
I'm very glad to hear that your Dad's heart surgery went well. :) *happy get-well zen*

02-25-2005, 10:30 AM
It's good to hear that your father is doing better. Best wishes for his speedy recovery. :D