Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Larry's dad

Forgive me if any of this is repeat info.  I can't remember who all has called, emailed & texted Larry throughout the day, so I'm just going to start from point A & travel through point Z.  Feel free to skip over parts you already know about.

Sometime during the wee hours of this morning, Larry's dad began experiencing some classic heart attack symptoms-- shortness of breath, severe chest pain, a sensation that his heart was pounding out of his chest.  He waited til dawn & then called his mother (who lives across the street) to take him to the hospital.  They live outside of Palestine, TX so they went to the hospital there first.  They were in the ER til sometime around noon when the doctors decided that Jim could be cared for better in Tyler (where we have a better cardiac unit).  They transported him by ambulance & Larry's grandmother followed behind him in the car.  He made the trip safely.  His cardiologist (whom he just met yesterday!) was called ahead of time & he had him directly admitted when he arrived in Tyler.  He is at Trinity Mother Francis.  If you'd like to visit him or send a patient email, contact me & I'll send the info to you.

At the cardiologist yesterday, they planned to do a stress test in a couple of weeks to see where things stood & make decisions based on those results, but due to his 'episode' this morning & his admittance at the hospital, they went ahead & did the stress test this afternoon.  The doctor promised that he would come back to the hospital this evening & read the results and let us know what was going on, but alas, he didn't show up.  About 8:30, Larry said his dad was getting drowsy (he was up all night long last night!) so he left to come home so his dad could get some rest.  He is planning to get up & go there again early in the morning so that he can be there (hopefully) when the doctor makes his rounds.  He wants to hear the news first hand from the doctor.

I wish I had more of an update than this, but I simply do not.  With his dad's leaking heart valve & A-fib heart rhythm (& all his other health problems--there are MANY), we really don't know what the future holds for him. 

Prayers are appreciated as we tread uncertain waters in the days to come.  Again, our greatest prayer request is for Larry's dad's soul.  He is not a believer (inanything) and while his health is urgent, his eternal destination is of greater urgency.  Please include that in your prayers.

Thanks for keeping up with us & checking in today.  We appreciate it.

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