Saturday, April 28, 2007

Happy Anniversary Dad!

Thirteen years ago today my Dad had quadruple bypass surgery. He had 8 blockages that were 85-100% blocked. His cardiologist said he had no medical reason as to why he was still alive except that his heart muscle was strong. He was 58 years old. This was a defining moment in my life. It was the time when I realized that my Dad is human. That it was a good possibility that he could not be here for us. I never thought about it prior to that moment. Maybe I didn't want to. The hospital brought in Dr. George J. Magovern Jr. from Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. They told us that he was one of the elite team. His father was a pioneer in open heart surgery and developed the sutureless mechanical heart valve. We were very fortunate to have him. The one thing I remember the most about this man was that he had the softest hands. Silly, I know but that is what I remember. One other thing I remember about the whole event was my Dad asking for his priest. It took me a while but I tracked him down. As luck would have it, he was across the street at the Geriatric Center and came immediately. Dad asked for his last rights (The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.) It was in that one moment that there was proof that my Dad was scared. Other than witnessing him receive this sacrament, my Dad showed bravery and strength. A truly remarkable feat. I think I'm going to stop here, I'm getting a little teary-eyed and since I've been sick for that last 3 days, I don't think I want to stuff my head up anymore.

Me and Dad in 1972.
Allison and Dad in 2006.
Have Fun!
"A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart."
~Author Unknown
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1 comment:

Jolene George said...

I know how much your dad must mean to you. I really love the pictures you shared. Such sweet memories and very special that you got a very similar pose for both you and Allison.


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