Thursday, February 15, 2007

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Yesterday morning my dad, Tony, had a heart attack. He was airlifted to a regional hospital where the surgeons saved his life; but as soon as he's strong enough he will have to have more serious, open-heart surgery. We were able to see him last night in ICU and he's hanging in there.

A few of you know how close I am to my dad. He's been a constant, loving, positive force in my life for the last thirty years. He may not have brought me into the world, but he helped me find my place in it. He is and will always be the father of my heart.

I'll be offline for a few days so I can spend this time with him and my mom, help them get through this. I would be grateful for any prayers and good thoughts you can send his way.

101 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:55 AM

    Good Thoughts offered for the best possible outcome, and for strength and courage and support as you need them.

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  2. Anonymous8:58 AM

    I'll be thinking positive thoughts for you and your family.

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  3. I'm sorry to hear that. You have my most happy and positive thoughts headed your way.

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  4. Look after your dad, and here's wishing him the best for a speedy recovery.

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  5. Prayers are with you.

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  6. Prayers and thoughts going out to you and yours.

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  7. Sending good thoughts and prayers for your dad and you and your mom.

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  8. Sending warm fuzzy thoughts and prayers your way!!

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  9. I'm praying for your family, PBW. I'm so sorry to hear this.

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  10. Anonymous9:36 AM

    Oh, Sheila, I'm sorry to hear this. A year ago, my dad had a massive MI and a minor stroke caused by ischemia from his blood pressure being low for so long. I, a former coronary nurse, didn't see symptoms of an MI, instead I thought his pressure had bottomed out from BP meds. It had happened before.

    We went to a good hospital, but not the one with a heart center, but it was Dad's choice, and the closest. The doctor at the ER told me my dad would most likely not survive the ambulance trip to get him to surgery. Even if he did, his chances were not good. The doctors told me three times during the night to call in the family. Dad went into v-fib five times during the procedure to put in the stints.

    To make a long story short, my dad, who it turns out had suffered a previous MI (silent, as this one was) we didn't know about, is doing well today. His cardiologist marvels every time he sees him that he did not think Dad would survive.

    I wish for you and your family the same success. Prayer is powerful and I saw it work for a retired minister as his friends and family gathered to join in our love for him. I'll remember your dad and your family and I'll tell my dad (a guy I've always thought had a direct line to God's ear). I'm sure he'll want to remember your dad in his thoughts and prayers too.

    My heart is with you.

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  11. I'm usually just lurking here, but...

    this touched me. I am praying for you and your family. I'm sure God understands swedish, too.

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  12. Anonymous9:38 AM

    I'm sorry, I should have signed the above note about my dad. I didn't mean to be anonymous.

    It's just me: Karen, the lurker

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  13. I will keep you and your dad in my prayers.

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  14. I will certainly be praying for him

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  15. Anonymous10:12 AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your Father. We will put him and all of your family on our prayer circle. I know you have the strength and courage needed, but a little extra can't hurt.

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  16. I've been through serious health issues with both of my parents so I know how scary it is. But you are strong and I'm sure your dad is, too. Sending you, your dad & your family happy, healing thoughts.

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  17. Anonymous10:17 AM

    If there's any way our thoughts, wishes and prayers can heal him, he's well on his way to breeze through this and further surgery if needed.

    susan @ spinning

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  18. Anonymous10:45 AM

    Prayers for all of you from Philly.
    Jess

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  19. My best to your whole family.

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  20. Anonymous10:49 AM

    i'm so sorry to hear that. prayers and good thoughts coming your way

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  21. Anonymous11:03 AM

    Sending prayers, healing vibes, and hugs.

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  22. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  23. I will keep you and your dad in my prayers.

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  24. You have my prayers, hopes and good thoughts as well.

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  25. I hope everything goes well for your dad and your whole family. My prayers are with you.

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  26. (((HUGS)))
    Prayers and good thoughts winging your way.

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  27. You and your family are in my prayers.

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  28. Sending prayers and lots of positive energy.

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  29. Anonymous12:44 PM

    Sending prayers and best wishes to you and your loved ones!

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  30. Sending good thoughts to you and loved ones!

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  31. You and your family are in my prayers!

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  32. Good thoughts and prayers on their way.

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  33. Anonymous1:08 PM

    Good thoughts and wishes to you and your family. Strength and peace to you all.

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  34. (((PBW))) Lighting a candle for your dad, Tony, from another daughter of a Tony. My dad also had a heart attack--in fact a rather major one. He is now fine some tenish years later, taking meds and doing his cardio exercises.

    Healing vibes coming your way.

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  35. Anonymous1:35 PM

    My prayers are with you and your family.
    JulieB

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  36. My thoughts are with you and your dad, Sheila. Hope all turns out well.

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  37. Good thoughts and best wishes to you and your family. I hope everything turns out okay.
    Ann

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  38. Anonymous2:04 PM

    Dear Heavenly Father, We thank you so much that you were with this family when this emergency happened and will be until the he goes home healthy. Send your peace and healing to all family members at this difficult time.

    In Jesus Name, Amen

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  39. Anonymous2:39 PM

    I'll keep you both in my prayers.

    Cya,
    CC

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  40. I'm so sorry. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family.

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  41. Good thoughts coming for you and your family.

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  42. Keeping you, your father, the rest of the family and your father's medical team in my thoughts and prayers!

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  43. Anonymous3:59 PM

    Sending good thoughts and prayers your way. I hope things turn out to be all right for all of you.

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  44. Anonymous5:06 PM

    I'll be praying here. ((hugs))

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  45. Anonymous5:26 PM

    Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.

    LesleyW

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  46. I'm really sorry to hear that. Alsong with so many others, my thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    ~Briana

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  47. Anonymous5:50 PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

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  48. Know that there are lots and lots of people out there wishing you and your family the best.

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  49. Anonymous6:11 PM

    You and yours are in my thoughts.

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  50. Oh my, I'm sorry to hear this. I wish you strength, and your father a speedy recovery. I will keep a candle lit for him. Best wishes.

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  51. Anonymous8:09 PM

    Prayers, hopes and wishes winging their way to you, your Dad and family.

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  52. Anonymous8:10 PM

    oh, that was me. Blogger won't let me log in.

    Vanessa Jaye

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  53. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  54. I will be praying for you and you family. Please keep us posted.

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  55. Hugs and prayers. I hope he does well with the surgery and recovery.

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  56. Anonymous10:16 PM

    I'm really sorry to hear that. Do take care of yourself and your family.

    Best wishes and hope.

    Crys

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  57. Will be sending prayers and good thoughts your way. Don't forget to take care of yourself. And your mom.

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  58. Anonymous11:25 PM

    Your dad is in my thoughts and prayers, as are you and your whole family. Here's hoping for a smooth and quick recovery.

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  59. Anonymous12:37 AM

    Oh my gosh! I'm sorry, PBW, and I hope that you and your family--all of them--are doing as good as you can. I'll be praying for your dad's speedy recovery and praying for strength for him and yourself as well.

    (((Happy Thoughts)))

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  60. Anonymous12:58 AM

    Hugsssssssssssss and good, healing thoughts comming your way.

    Bright Blessings,

    TJ

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  61. Sending you warm blessings from the Far East. You're in my thoughts.

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  62. Hugs. I am so sorry to hear this. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

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  63. I have been through this.
    You have my endless sympathy and my prayers.

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  64. Sending prayers and positive vibes your way.

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  65. Anonymous10:02 AM

    May the Lord be your strength and your father's.

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  66. (((((Hugs))))) and prayers and all sorts of positive thoughts are coming your way... hope he has a speedy return to better health.

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  67. Anonymous10:58 AM

    My thoughts are with you & your family. Take care of yourselves.

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  68. (((S-Lady))) Prayers and thoughts are with you and your dad.

    Steven

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  69. Anonymous12:38 PM

    So sorry to hear about your dad...mine has had two severe MIs and is still with us today

    sending you loving thoughts and prayers for you and your family

    Michele

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  70. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    fs

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  71. Anonymous3:09 PM

    Sending you warm thoughts, sweet prayers, and the desire that you and yours be surrounded in the white light of love.

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  72. Anonymous3:36 PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It can be a rough experience, but remember that God does amazing things.

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  73. Anonymous3:53 PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My Papa had heart surgery on Wed to repair a 4cm x 8cm anurism/blood clot from an artery leaving his heart and he had to have a kidney removed because there was a big "growth" on it. He is in ICU and will be in the hospital for awhile.
    He is a tough old Britsh guy from the East End of London and Im sure he will pull through, as sure as I am that your Dad will pull through too.

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  74. Prayers and positive thoughts for your dad and family.

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  75. ((((PBW and Dad)))
    thinking of you and your dad and sending healing thoughts.

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  76. Anonymous11:17 PM

    PBW,

    FIL went through a quadruple bypass. He's 70 now and just had a stents installed for kidney issues.

    It is amazing what can be done for the heart and for older patients.

    Healing prayers sent your dad's way,

    Rebecca

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  77. I will pray for your Father, and that the Lord gives you strength to get through this trying time.

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  78. Anonymous4:30 AM

    Wow, PBW.

    I'm not religious, but your father, your family and you will be in my thoughts, and I'll be wishing for the best to happen.

    Good luck.

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  79. Anonymous7:00 AM

    Prayers and positive thoughts coming your way...

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  80. Your Dad and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  81. My best wishes for your father and you.

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  82. I'm sorry to hear that. My very best wishes to your father and you.

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  83. Anonymous12:48 AM

    Sending positive thoughts your way.

    Take care,
    Nalini

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  84. Anonymous1:39 AM

    Worried. Saying a prayer for you and yours.

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  85. Sending positive, healing thoughts! Having been without my father for many years I know what this must be like and am hoping you have many more happy years with your father.

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  86. God Bless your father and your family.

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  87. Thinking of you and your dad.

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  88. Anonymous12:23 PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Sending lots of prayers and good thoughts to your family,

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  89. Praying for healing for your dad and strength and comfort for you and your family at this time.

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  90. Anonymous4:59 PM

    Praying for your dad and family. I wish you all strength and healing. :)

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  91. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Sending prayers your way.

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  92. Your dad and your family are in my prayers.

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  93. Sending warm and healing thoughts to you and yours. I hope your Dad continues to make good progress.

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  94. Anonymous9:22 PM

    Prayers and hope that everything turns out okay.

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  95. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your father (and your whole family), too.

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  96. Sorry to hear about this. Sending thoughts and prayers your way and hope to see you back soon.

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  97. Anonymous4:03 PM

    I'm sorry to hear about this

    Sending warm thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    Terri

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  98. Hope all will be well soon. Sending thoughts out.

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