Thursday, December 4, 2008

Update #3 on Dad

A few weeks ago, I had mentioned in this space that my dad would be having a significant procedure done, so I wanted to follow up.

He has had a ~90% blockage in his carotid artery, and the doctor decided that he had recovered enough from a skin cancer removal to go ahead with this procedure.  There had been potential concerns with having an open or near-open wound.  However, they went forward with the procedure, placing a stent in his carotid artery, which should certainly help with his circulatory problems.  Everything seems to have been successful in this regard.

While they were conducting the procedure, they checked an artery near his brain that has had another significant blockage.  With its proximity to the brain, the affected area is in too delicate a location to be cleaned or to place a stent, so it has been an ongoing point of concern.  The doctor reported that there does not seem to be any increase in that blockage, so this news is as good as it can be under the circumstances.  However, they also found yet another 90% blockage in his right leg.  The hope is that in a few more weeks, they can either clean out or place a stent in the leg artery as well.

Thank you for praying!