March 30th, 2010 Julie
It’s another long night at the McDonald’s house. My father is having emergency bypass surgery in the morning. He has about 5 blocked arteries and an aortic aneurysm w/ a leaking valve. I want to be there, but I live several states away and cannot possibly make it in time.
He was here for me during much of my cancer treatment and it breaks my heart not to be able to be there for him. My sister is there and so is my mother. He is expected to do well and recover, slowly, but surely. I cannot help but be afraid that he may not make it though tomorrow, and I won’t see him again. I spoke to him on the phone tonight and the hardest words to say were, “good bye.”
My father has always been a hero to my sister and myself. He is a great dad and was always the calm voice of reason in a house full of women. He was kind and fair with us when we were kids. He thought of us first and himself last. He showed us what a devoted father and husband is. He was not out chasing skirts and making a fool of my mother. He is a genuine husband and family man and we could not ask for a better dad.
He worked 8 hour days and spent his free time with his family rather than finding reasons not to come home like playing golf and hanging out with the boys like so man men do. Work was never more important that his family. In this day and age when most men are workaholics, it is rare to find a man who spends his time with his family. My mom doesn’t know how lucky she was to have his support raising us when we were little kids.
My dad could always fix anything. All we had to do was tell him about it and it was fixed or at least better. I remember my sister and I calling him once because our car broke down and we had tried everything. When my dad showed up he literally just got in the car, turned the key and boom it started. He always just had the touch. ha
When I had a problem when I was a teenager and even a young adult, if I would just tell him about it, it some how magically made it better.
I hope to be able to sleep at some point tonight, but I think it is going to be touch and go. My thought and prayers are with him, my mother and family. Please pray for us during this difficult time.
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