While there are pressing matters concerning ISIS and Ebola, my mind has been otherwise occupied for the past several days.
What was supposed to be a family vacation in New York this weekend became a crisis when my Dad suddenly required emergency triple bypass surgery. Dad hadn’t been feeling well for the several weeks with a persistent pain in his back. He thought it might have been his gall bladder and saw a gastroenterologist, Dr. Peter Chang, who thought his heart might be the culprit and recommended Dad undergo a stress test. The stress test revealed nearly complete blockage of his arteries. He would require immediate treatment at Mount Sinai Hospital where he would undergo the triple bypass procedure. Dad is recovering with his characteristic sense of humor. When he saw me with my brother and sister, he said, “Let’s go out and play some ball.”
I want to take this moment to first thank Dr. Anelechi Anyanwu who led the surgical team who performed the operation. He greeted us with a beaming smile which beared good news. I also wish to thank the nursing staff in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, especially Michael and Jennifer who in the dozen hours following the surgery worked virtually non-stop. They really put the intensive in intensive care. I would be remiss if I did not also thank Dr. Chang for recommending the stress test. I shudder to think what might have happened had that course of action not been recommended. My Dad is a very, very lucky man.
A full recovery will take weeks, if not months. But Dad has been given a second chance. Hopefully that second chance will eventually avail us of another opportunity to go out and play some ball.