I remember standing in front of the fire place –
the night before I was to leave –
I had to be there at 7:00 AM.
I looked around and wondered if
I would ever stand here again?
I was scared – I did not want to do this.
I had a routine I had to do before I went to bed –
Instructions to prepare for major surgery
I kept looking around – in the mirror at my chest
Knowing in less that 24 hours – it would be changed
for the rest of my life – if I lived.
It is hard to describe how one feels when in 24 hours
You may not be alive.
That next morning I had to finish the instructions
and then the 45 to 60 minute drive to the hospital.
All the way there – I sat in the back seat –
looking in the dark at the lighted buildings we passed.
Tammy and Sherry were in the front.
Things run through your mind – do I back out?
Then a calm comes as you pull into the parking lot.
You are there – you start walking – and then like a second breath
It becomes real and you just want to get started
and not think anymore.
You have the most important person in the World by your side
They prep you and put in the ports
You say goodbye and they wheel you down
but first they inject what they said was a mild calming effect.
They came to the doors and I remember seeing everything seemed
to be black and white – and then nothing – I was out!
I awoke 3 1/2 hours after they finished – they had started at 10 am.
At 2:00 pm.
I was closed up and by 6:30 pm.
I was standing.
I recovered really fast – less than 48 hours later I was discharged
And once again standing in our living room in front of that same fireplace.
This time – smiling and thinking I am alive and here I stand – 62 hours later!
I owe my health to my wife – who has steered me in the right direction
both in what I do and do not eat.
What supplements I do and do not take.
SIX YEARS AND ONE DAY AGO –
I HAD A MAJOR OPERATION
A OPEN HEART OPERATION
WITH FOUR BY PASSES
I AM ALIVE
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