My Dad 02/28/24

@porwest (78761)
United States
February 28, 2024 7:45am CST
I wanted to post a quick update about my dad's surgery. Everything went well, with the procedure taking about 3 1/2 hours. When I first got to visit him, he was still not awake in the SICU, but he was beginning to wake up. He took a long time to come out of it, which worried me at first, but the doc and the nurse said for a surgery like that, it was normal. He was in a bit more pain than he should be, but the issue is that they have to carefully monitor his pain medication intake since he has COPD and too much pain medication slows his breathing too much, that they are concerned too much and he may stop breathing altogether. He seemed in good sprits. I told him as he was coming out of the anesthesia that he looked like a new man, and he flipped me off. To me that's a positive sign. I will be visiting with him some more today and then the plan is to return home tomorrow. If anything else develops I will post about it, and again, thanks to everyone for their support and concern. I truly do appreciate that. ***Image is me and my dad in 2017.
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@moffittjc (118306)
• Gainesville, Florida
28 Feb
That's great news to hear that your dad made it through the surgery and seemed (mostly) to be in good spirits. If someone flipped me the bird after 3 1/2 of surgery, I would take that as a positive sign as well.
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@moffittjc (118306)
• Gainesville, Florida
5 Mar
@porwest Awesome, I'm glad everything seems to be on the up and up. Is he still doing well and getting better and better?
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
29 Feb
Flipping me the bird was definitely a good sign. lol. He's handling it very well and although he is in a lot of pain, he knows this is part of the deal in order to keep on living. I am very proud of him.
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
7 Mar
@moffittjc He got to home on Monday the 4th and his only complaint was that they didn't give him much to work with on the way they prescribed his pain meds, so he has a bit more pain. But I think being in his creature comforts will help with the healing process.
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@LadyDuck (457193)
• Switzerland
28 Feb
I am very glad to know that surgery went well. Your Dad seems to be in good spirit, I hope he will be in less pain soon.
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
28 Feb
I hope so too and that they can give him a bit more pain meds so long as his breathing stays normal. I can't imagine the pain from a surgery like that.
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@LadyDuck (457193)
• Switzerland
28 Feb
@porwest Your poor Dad must be in a lot of pain right now.
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
29 Feb
@LadyDuck He is. But he's also surprisingly accepting of it. His stance seems to be, "This is what I have to go through to live." I give him a lot of credit for that. I even think it gives me a new level of respect for him. He's determined to get through this and get back to living. I am really proud of him.
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• United States
28 Feb
Glad all went well with your dads surgery. I'm sure he's happy that you're there even if he's in pain. Flipping you off is a sure sign of love You look just like your dad
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• United States
29 Feb
@porwest my family has a weird sense of humor too and would consider being flipped off a sign of love hope your dad is feeling a wee bit better today.
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
29 Feb
It definitely is a sure sign of love, especially in terms of our conjoined sense of humor. lol. As for looking like my dad, everyone says that. lol
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@Happy2BeMe (99410)
• Canada
28 Feb
Wonderful news. So glad surgery went well...it is a long difficult recovery but soon he will be good as new.
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
29 Feb
It will be. But he is being a real trooper about it. He knows this is part of the deal if he wants to live. I am really proud of him.
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@Happy2BeMe (99410)
• Canada
29 Feb
@porwest that is great. Hid determination will his recovery. Since I have been through it I am always so proud of somebody who goes through it and has that fight. He is now a fellow member of the zipper club.
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
2 Mar
@Happy2BeMe The zipper club, hey? lol. I will tell him that. He should get a kick out of it.
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• United States
28 Feb
Any kind of surgery is miserable, and for your dad to flip you off is super. If he does get to go home tomorrow, you'll need to really watch him closely as some really serious problems can develop quickly, if they start to show the sooner they are caught the better. I'm looking on the bright side and that your dad will continue to improve and not have any problems, my prayers are with both you and your dad. to you both.
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
28 Feb
So far as I know he will be in the hospital for about a week before he can go home. I guess it all depends on how things go in the next few days how the doctor's decide what's best. But there are some definite good signs and hoping he's a little better today. But I understand if he's still quite a bit under the weather considering it's such an invasive surgery and he went through a lot.
• United States
29 Feb
@porwest The thing is he will be under the weather when he gets home too. Anymore it's kind of like a production line process, get them in, do the surgery, get them up and around and a bit better, send them home. When my dad had open heart surgery back in 1967 the process was a LOT different. His surgery was done at the Sacramento Medical Center. He was opened from just below the neck down to his belly button. His rib cage was cut open and so on. The surgery took almost 8 hours and when we finally got to see him for a few minutes all he could say was he had a headache in both his heads. We left and the doctor and nurses all told us to go back to our motel and get some rest and come back later the next morning. When he was finally able to be moved they sent him back to Vandenburg AFB just outside of Santa Maria CA. (Dad was retired military) We didn't get to take him home for about 6 weeks. He had a lot of pain but they wouldn't give him any strong pain medications. They only let him have Tylenol regular strength. That's the only pain medication he took his entire life. He wasn't allowed aspirin because he was on blood thinners. That is all he used through the rest of his life, except for his blood thinners that the doctor prescribed. Take good care of your dad and give him plenty of love and support. When he can handle it, give him plenty of hugs and some extras from me.
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
2 Mar
@BearArtistLady Thank you very much and I do appreciate your thoughts. Dad seems to be doing well so far. I will post another update soon.
@MarieCoyle (28107)
29 Feb
It's such a hard surgery, very invasive. That long incision, and the ribs have to be spread...a long heal time. If he had the sass to flip you off, he's a tough fellow and he will do what he has to do to be better. Good for him!
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
29 Feb
Yeah, as he put it, they opened him up like a can of tuna. lol. He's really taking this well despite the pain, and he knows full well the pain is part of the deal to live longer and improve the quality of his life. I am very proud of him.
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@MarieCoyle (28107)
29 Feb
@porwest It's really overwhelming to think about having such a surgery. Good description, a can of tuna! He sounds like a corker! Let's hope it all improves his quality of life, and gives him many more good years.
@FourWalls (61865)
• United States
28 Feb
So thankful everything went well!!! Thanks for the update!
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
28 Feb
Happy to update. Thanks for the well wishes. Much appreciated.
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@DWDavis (25812)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
28 Feb
I am glad your father's surgery went well and that he is recovering. I hope he's able to go home soon.
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
29 Feb
I think they are saying he will likely be in the hospital for at least 7-8 days. He's really handling it well despite a lot of pain. But he knows the pain is what he has to endure in order to get on with a new life. I really admire him for the strength and toughness he is showing.
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@1creekgirl (40377)
• United States
2 Mar
That's such good news about your dad! When will he go home? I pray he's still recovering well.
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
3 Mar
I am hearing he might go home today (March 3rd) but not for sure on that.
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@JudyEv (325126)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Feb
That's a great photo. And so good to hear that your Dad is doing okay so far.
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
29 Feb
From a few years ago but thank you. He is and I can't be happier about that despite the pain he is having to deal with, but of course he knows that with the pain comes progress.
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@NJChicaa (115890)
• United States
28 Feb
I’m glad it went well
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
28 Feb
Thank you. I am hoping he will look and feel a wee bit better today, but then again, how good can one feel a day after such a major surgery?
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@BabeSays (8576)
• Mauritius
28 Feb
Glad to hear it went well. Bless you two.
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
29 Feb
Thank you very much. I really appreciate that. My dad is being a real trooper with this.
@Nicolla (1456)
• Serbia
29 Feb
Good always with us
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
29 Feb
Thank you. I appreciate that.
@Beestring (13270)
• Hong Kong
28 Feb
Nice picture. Good to know that the surgery went well.
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@porwest (78761)
• United States
28 Feb
Yeah, both my dad and I were a bit younger and a bit thinner as well. lol
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@LindaOHio (155283)
• United States
29 Feb
I am so glad your dad is OK. That's a tough surgery for pain. My husband went through that in 2004. I hope he feels better soon. That's a great picture of the two of you. Keep us posted!