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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Update on "our" lives....


I am sure that alot of you know that Friday July, 25, 2008 started the beginning of an unplanned roller coaster ride. To start it off, yet hopefully be brief I will attempt to fill you in on "our" lives. Friday July, 25, 2008 my Dad was admitted in the hospital with what we thought was pneumonia. That very same night Paul had indigestion and heart pains. The indigestion seemed to go away but the chest pains remained. So at 12:00 am Saturday morning I took him to the Emergency room. He was admitted at 3:30 am and at 4:54 am I received a phone call that they were taking him to Tupelo. When I made it to Tupelo that morning he was in icu and had already had a heart catherization and they placed 2 stents in. Later we found out from the Dr. he would have to have quadruple bypass surgery. In the meantime my Dad's leukemia decides to kick in so I leave Paul in the hospital with the kids at the house and I head to Illinois/Kentucky to be with him and Mom. Dad was scheduled to undergo four pints of blood transfusion. He made it through 3 and 1/2 and had a reaction and the Dr. stopped the procedure. It was amazing to watch the color and personality come back through the procedure. I am just so thankful that he made it through 3 and 1/2 versus 1. This was a very risky procedure, one in which they ask the family to come in and later I was told if he would not have had it he would have died in 2 weeks. He is home resting now. Mom says he has no energy and request prayer as they meet with the cancer Doctor tomorrow (8-7). One of my friends has sorta prepared me that we maybe on borrowed time BUT to be thankful nothing took place while I had Paul in the hospital waiting for surgery. Well anyways Paul had his surgery on 8-1 and came home yesterday (8-5). My heart goes out to him as I know this whole procedure and recovery is tough on him (and me). I know with football going on and two a days this was tough on him not being there BUT this is one of those times he has to take care of himself for once. We have been so touched by the phone calls, cards, flowers, plants and just people asking us how things are going. I thought it was neat that he received flowers from some sec schools such as the University of Florida, University of Georgia, Ole Miss and Mississippi State University. Anyone who knows Paul knows he is the best! Why he puts up with me heaven only knows. Please continue to pray for him and pray for strength for me. His parents will be with us until Saturday and they have been so helpful. So sorry for the depressing blog but I wanted you to know where we've been and what is going on in "our" lives.

2 comments:

Tassie Rosamond said...

Hey Karen,I can totally relate to what your husband is going through. Several years ago my dad had the same symptoms and then had a quadruple by-pass as well. His recovery time was long and tedious but he's doing well now. I will pray for your family as you go through these difficult times!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that they are both okay. I will keep your family in my prayers.