- 7 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
So this past week, Fiance was laid off, and the timing was pretty terrible. Since he has a professional designation, he will be re-employed again in no time. We were pretty bummed though, I won’t lie. It was a shock, to say the least.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, I received a call from my father the next day. He didn’t want to alarm me, but he was letting me know that he had to have surgery that week and was so sorry that he couldn’t be at my engagement party (he lives in the USA, I live in Canada) as he wouldn’t be able to travel. Now I had no idea anything was up with my dad, but this is normal because he hides everything from me for fear of stressing me out. I asked him what sort of surgery it was…well here’s the story…
About three weeks ago he felt some serious pain in his chest… in fact it happened a few times but being the stubborn man that he is, he did not want to go to the doctor because he thought it was nothing and the pain would pass. He didn’t say a word to me about any of this whenever I called him. Eventually when he noticed that he still wasn’t feeling quite like himself, despite the pain eventually passing. He decided to go for a stress test and his doctor also requested that he do an angiogram.
Well the results came back that he needed to do a bypass immediately. In fact, it was a quintuple bypass that he needed and the doctor had him admitted to the hospital the very same day. At this point he figured that he better let me know that ‘something was up’ and I immediately rushed to NYC to be with him.
My dad has never even had a cold – so seeing him unconscious with tubes everywhere was the most traumatic experience I’ve ever had, hands down. That being said, he came through like a champ and was conscious from the surgery within 3 hours of coming out, and was able to speak again within 7 hours and was able to eat a little soup the next day.
I’m back in Canada now, and back at work today, and heading back to NYC to see him again in two weeks. It sucks having so much distance between us during this time, but I’m so happy that I was able to be there. I still feel so keyed up and tense but I’m starting to realize that it’s over and now he’ll be better than ever.
If you read through to the end of this, you’re a champ. I mostly needed to write this out because part of me doesn’t believe that the past few days happened.