Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Sorry for the prolonged silence, but the truth is, I haven't felt much like blogging. Somehow, in the wake of my father's botched surgery, 'business as usual' has gone out the window. 7th and Montana is still Chock Full of Nuts, but I just can't bring myself to whip out the Spycam. Not yet.
My father's condition hasn't improved much since the last update, but it has improved. Bit-by-bit, week-by-week, he's coming back to us. He was recently moved out of the hospital and into a rehab facility where a team of specialists is working with him every day. His right side is mostly paralyzed; He can't talk; He drifts in and out of consciousness. But he's gradually becoming aware of his surroundings and beginning to understand what's happened. As of today, the doctor still expects a recovery. Then, again, this is the same doctor who put my father where he is today. He told us before my father went in for the operation that it was all very "routine." I guess doctors are only human, and humans routinely make mistakes.
Today my father had another CAT scan and it showed what I had hoped for: There is still considerable swelling in his brain, though it's slowly going down. Had the swelling been gone, we'd be left wondering why he is still so impaired and whether the damage is permanent. Now we can hope that as the swelling goes down, my father will continue to recover. Thank you all for your continued prayers and kind thoughts. Keep them coming ... there's still a long road ahead.