Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Dad's Sleep Apnea Surgery

After a long day in the hospital yesterday, Dad got to come home around 6 p.m. It was supposed to be a quick outpatient procedure, but there were some complications post surgery. They couldn't stabilize Dad's blood pressure for a few hours after the surgery, and when they tried to take him off the oxygen supply, he could not breath sufficiently on his own. This was, of course, very scary for my family. We were relieved when the doctors finally said he was OK and that he could come home to heal for the next several days.

He's in a lot of pain right now. I talked to him briefly on the phone last night, but he couldn't stay on the line for long because it was hard for him to talk and breath at the same time. Plus, the painkillers were knocking him out.

The doctors removed 95% of the blockage in his nose. They couldn't remove all of it because they were afraid that the structure of his nose may collapse. In a week or so, I think he will realize a huge difference in his breathing. I can't wait to hear how much better he's going to feel!

Today, he goes back in to the hospital to have the gauze removed. I've heard from other people that they pack nearly 25 feet of gauze up the nose. Can you imagine?! I hope the removal is not too painful.

Thanks for all your kind words, thoughts and prayers for my dad.


Lori said...

We will pray for a speedy recovery.

Brandon & Carolyn Schroder said...

sending lots of prayers and love your families way!

Kim said...

I pray your dad is doing much better by now. We will continue to pray for his recovery that everything will go smoothly.

Sara said...

Lots and lots of prayers for your dad! Keep us posted on how he's doing.

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