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The Word Is Bypass

Mac won't know until tomorrow at least what type of bypass (i.e. single, double, triple) or when they're going to do it, but the test they did today confirmed that the biggest occlusion was far bigger than they originally thought.

Since Halifax is being hit by a monster winter storm right now, I was worried about his cat and dog, but friends are taking care of them. I also managed to get the name of a couple of his doctors out of him, and his girlfriend's phone number. (He asked me "why do you want those?" and I resisted saying a number of very sarcastic things and just said "For the same reason you wanted numbers when Mum was in hospital." A moment of silence followed, and I got the information.)

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Mar. 26th, 2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
Oh Lordy, I have only just caught up with the last few posts after several days off LJ. What a horrible shock for you and the family. Thinking good thoughts very hard in your direction, Mac's direction, and those of his cardiologists and the rest of his medical team, for the best possible outcome.

Edited at 2014-03-26 08:54 pm (UTC)
Mar. 26th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
Ah, dang. Here's more warm thoughts and good wishes for a successful surgery and a quick recovery.
Mar. 26th, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks - depending on how many bypasses are necessary, I'll probably worry more or less - but since I actually once got to cover the first two hours of a five hour open heart bypass surgery operation (it was cool!) I'm reminding myself that this sort of procedure, while big, has largely been mastered, to the extent any medical procedure can be mastered. And the guy whose operation I covered told me later that the improvement in his quality of life was almost immediate. These are good things to remember.
Mar. 27th, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, these guys know what they're doing and have had lots of practice, and know a lot about what to do to keep things better, post-recovery. If there's an upside to the prevalence of coronary heart disease, that's it. Hal and both his brothers have now outlived their father by not less than 11 years apiece.
Mar. 27th, 2014 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks - that helps to be reminded of.
Mar. 26th, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
I know how you feel about being off LJ and getting hit with news. I tend to stay off Facebook a long, long time before checking in - and I discovered an old friend had to go in for an emergency appendectomy a week or so ago.

Thanks for your good thoughts; they are so very appreciated!
Mar. 26th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
Hard to type with crossed fingers....

K. [are you the only sibling?]
Mar. 26th, 2014 11:29 pm (UTC)
Yup. The one, the only, the eldest. He's my baby brother by 15 months.
Mar. 26th, 2014 10:30 pm (UTC)
Bless him...gods, I am keeping my fingers crossed for him and for you, lovie...

Mar. 26th, 2014 11:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, my dear; this, combined with a particularly heinously stupid call from a heinously stupid upper manager (perhaps I'll RAEGRANT about that later) made today double plus ungood. On the other hand, I am wearing a multipcolored propellor beanie as I type this. That actually makes things a great deal better.
Mar. 27th, 2014 01:51 am (UTC)
OMG...do I ever understand Stupid and the forms it comes in. I recommend Ranting, does make one feel better (to an extent...the rest can be cured by beverages of choice and a good lie-in).

LOL!! That image made me smile. And I more than needed that! So I suppose wearing is even better than hearing about it!

Mar. 27th, 2014 02:35 am (UTC)
Oh, everyone should have a propeller beanie to wear when things get stupid. Heh.

*hugs back, and gratefully accepted*

Edited at 2014-03-27 02:36 am (UTC)
Mar. 27th, 2014 12:02 am (UTC)
Continued good thoughts your and his way.
Mar. 27th, 2014 01:25 am (UTC)
Your good thoughts are very much appreciated.
Mar. 27th, 2014 12:27 am (UTC)
Best wishes for you, for him, and for his medical team. I hope whatever kind of bypass he needs goes well and he recovers speedily!
Mar. 27th, 2014 01:27 am (UTC)
Your hope and my solicitations to the universe are coinciding - and I remind myself, as I told akirlu that I've seen open heart surgery, and talked to its successful beneficiary, and that, with the caveat that nothing is ever guaranteed) modern heart bypass surgery is generally a good thing.
Mar. 27th, 2014 12:27 am (UTC)
I'm continuing to send hugs and prayers in your direction.
Mar. 27th, 2014 02:34 am (UTC)
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart (and on behalf of my baby brother's heart.)
Mar. 27th, 2014 01:04 am (UTC)
*hugs* to you, and lots of good vibes for your brother!
Mar. 27th, 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
Many thanks! And my brother says to say thank you to all the people he doesn't know, who've been pulling for him!
Mar. 27th, 2014 04:48 am (UTC)
Just catching up on LJ - so sorry to hear this, hon. Hoping all will go well. Is he at IWK? It's a great hospital, or at least was when I lived there.

Billy's dad just had triple bypass as I think I wrote on LJ. He is doing really, really well and so I hope things will go as well for your brother. If there's anything you'd like to know about the surgery that I can provide info on, let me know. HUGS.
Mar. 27th, 2014 06:32 am (UTC)
Wow, a stent plus a bypass. Isn't he the lucky patient!

Kansas City fan Jim Murray is home following bypass surgery. Heart attack on the Ides of March; triple bypass on St. Patrick's Day, and home watching baseball on TV by Friday night.

Good on Mac for giving you those numbers. Don Fitch (Bless His Sweet Heart) gave me the name and phone number of his cardiologist the year he came out to Minicon a couple of months after having a stent installed. I never needed to use the info, but it certainly was reassuring to have. (I asked for it after we had a bit of a scare when I picked him up at the airport. Fortunately, nitroglycerin under the tongue did a good job of dealing with that.)

More prayers, thoughts, wishes for good cheer, strength, and more went flying on those strong northwest winds that blew through Toad Woods and the rest of Massachusetts today. As I wrote to Gavi Wednesday afternoon: "No snow here, but, wow, is it ever windy outside!" I'm quoting that because of her response: "And it is here, too—gloriously and violently so! I nearly fell off my heels a couple of times."

Here's to everyone staying upright and secure through the rest of Mac's medical rollercoaster ride ahead.
Mar. 27th, 2014 01:22 pm (UTC)
It's okay, it was really just a political storm--lots of wind, bluster, inconvenience, but no damage we can't handle. Contrary to the rumours, it was not as bad as White Juan. That was *cold.* The sun is out here, and the roads are being opened. Things are moving again. Maritimers are tough; you and your brother are no exception. Keeping a good thought for you both...
Mar. 27th, 2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I just posted again, after learning that he's going to be undergoing quintuple bypass surgery. But you're right; Maritimers are tough, and he's one of the toughest I know. So I'm hanging on to that.

Mar. 27th, 2014 01:28 pm (UTC)
I've been sending some more prayers in your direction. ♥
Mar. 27th, 2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
All of them are precious to me. Thank you.
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