It's been a couple of days since the last update on my father's condition. The initial procedure he had was to fix a hiatal hernia. He aspirated when he began eating because his digestive system wasn't rebooting. This led to septic shock and the spiral downward. When he restabilized he tried eating again and the same thing began happening all over again except we were able to react quicker to minimize aspiration. The last several days he has improved. The latest test show that his stomach is still not functioning properly so they will be inserting a line through his side to feed him to allow him time to strengthen and time for his stomach to begin functioning. The surgeon just told him he should be able to attend Teagan's (our granddaughter & his great granddaughter) 1st birthday party coming up in two weeks. That made him very happy. In a month or so the medical team will consider the next step to get him back to normal. We're pretty happy about this considering we've given him final goodbyes twice in the last two weeks.
A huge thank you to our friends all over the world who have prayed and encouraged us.
Vicki and I are actually on the Outer Banks of North Carolina right now for an annual gathering of her side of our family. The doctors told us it would be fine for us to go since his recovery will be a marathon, not a sprint and we must pace ourselves.