Due to a difficult and long day at the hospital yesterday, I chose not to go to Busch Gardens today with the guys. It all worked out for the best! It's Spring Break here and evidently lots of others places as well. The lines to simply buy passes were SO long, and the people were crawling around like ants. Josh's friend Shawn pulled a muscle at work Thursday, so he didn't go to the park. Why spend all that money to get in if you can't ride? The other two guys who were supposed to go were exhausted from all day in the hospital Thursday with us. So my guys, upon seeing how crowded the park was going to be, simply turned around and went to Olive Garden for a nice lunch al fresco. Uncle John did join them there. After lunch, Agustin, Josh, and Shane came home with some rented movies and just hung out all afternoon. Tonight Josh is with friends having an X BOX competition. All day Josh recieved phone calles and text messages wishing him a great birthday. He was quite pleased. Oh and Wednesday night, he recieved a home made peanut butter pie from a dear friend. He was on cloud nine after that. I don't think he needed anything else to make his 20th birthday happy! *smiles and winks*
Now moving onto Dad! He is stable and therefore was moved onto the regular floor this afternoon, so he is no longer in Cardiac Intensive Care. He is off the nitro drip and blood thinner IV as well. The room he is in will afford him to get much needed rest as he gears up for his surgery. The room is large with a full couch and recliner in it. As a matter of fact, they brought my mom pillows and blankets and she is staying there tonight. Dad got up for awhile and sat in the recliner. The best thing that happened to him to day is that my mom brought in his glasses and Bible!
The surgeon came in this afternoon and told him the by pass surgery will take place at 12:00 noon Monday. The two arteries which need to be replaced are from the original five which were replaced in 1999. The veins they used have just worn out. We had hoped that first by pass would have lasted longer than 8 years. At least this by pass surgery is being entered upon in a calm, informed manner. The one in '99 was an emergency surgery in the middle of the night!
Your kind comments are so warming to me and to my dad as well. I have been printing them out and taking them to the hospital to read to him. He and my mom were struck at how strangers from all over the world are lifting him up in prayer. Thank you all once again.