Hey -thanks for those prayers for dad. He was discharged tonight around 8 p.m. with orders to follow up with his primary and his cardiologist. The tests results showed a "little" ischemia. (blockage to an artery) The nurse discharged per Doc's orders over the phone so we didn't get a lot of details. I'm sure when dad sees his docs, more questions will be answered.
Oh we did also learn that dad's triglycerides were super high-over 700!! He was prescribed a new med high in omega 3, however his diabetes doc had already told him to double his over the counter supplement of omega3. This new script must be something! We'll see.
For now, we're all so thankful for your prayers and care and that dad is home in his own bed tonight. I'm sure he is happiest of all for that last one!
Oh and one more thing which blessed us all. A gentleman was moved into dad's room about an hour before we found out dad was being discharged. Rita and her crew were with us visiting dad. The nurse had drawn the curtain so the new "roommate " could have his privacy. We tried to keep our banter down so the poor guy wouldn't regret having to room with this "preacher" beside him. About 5 minutes after my sister and crew left, a nurse entered to remove dad's IV and let us know he was being discharged. Agustin, Shane, and I decided to leave, giving dad more space and privacy to change, etc. for the trip home. (Normally dad is in a private room, but the cardiac floor was packed with patients. Dad waited 4 hours yesterday in the emergency holding bay, for the bed in the double room.) As I was leaving, I noticed the roommate reading his well worn BIBLE! My heart skipped a beat. I always get excited to find other Christians out and about! I asked politely, "Is that the Bible your reading?" He smiled up at me, a man about 35 or so, and replied "Yes it is."
"Oh that's wonderful! You and my father could have church tonight, but the preacher is being discharged!" He grinned, "Yeah the nurse told me I was going to have my own private chaplain here tonight."
"Well you are about to have some peace and quiet now. What's your name? I'll pray for you that all comes out well."
"Oh I'm going home tomorrow. They just want to observe me tonight due to my heart murmur."
He reached his hand out for me to shake. "I'm Glynn. What's your name?"
"Pam" I smiled. A few more words were exchanged, then my family took our leave.
I called mom a couple of hours later to make sure they were home safe. She shared with me how she and dad had a terrific visit with the new roommate while waiting on the final paper work for dad. Glynn was saved in prison! He has been in a Bible study with a local pastor here in Tampa, Dr. Hank Lindstrom. He asked dad questions about tithing and requested prayer for his unsaved 15 year old daughter. Tears were shed as he said over and over what a blessing it was to have been encouraged by this man of God! He plans on paying a visit to dad's church soon. He has been attending a little baptist church near the same neighborhood, but hasn't joined there yet. He said he has been growing spiritually since May of 2007.
I ask you - could this possibly have been the reason my dad was admitted into the hospital? Was it to encourage this dear man? Was this man admitted right before dad's discharge, so that my dad's spirit was also lifted? It's amazing to watch how God works!