my mom’s 56-year-old cousin was experiencing some chest pains before christmas, and after doing a heart cath they determined that he had 100% blockage in his main artery (i hope i’m using the right words), 80% in the secondary one, and 20%, 30%, and 40% in the others. yikes. they said there was no actual damage to his heart, which was a good thing, but they decided then and there to schedule a double bypass for the day after christmas.
once they got in there, they learned that there is an artery that is sometimes hard to see unless you’re actually in, but it was blocked pretty good too, so they ended up doing a triple bypass. he came through the surgery very well and is recovering nicely in the ICU.
the reason i’m blogging about this is because i got an email from him the next day–here’s the relevant excerpt:
Just wanted to send my personal thanks to everyone for all your
thoughts, prayers and well wishes! I’m already sitting at a table
and just finished lunch (meat, potatoes roll, fruit, vegetables and
pudding), and M was kind enough to bring her laptop to my room…
so here I am! I had a liquid breakfast… but my progress is so good
that they ordered this big lunch for me already… and it’s still less
than 24 hours since my triple bypass!
the hospital gave him meat for lunch, the day after a triple bypass. i’m speechless.