It has definitely been a whirlwind of a weekend, and so much happened today, so quickly … you are getting this update, post “Operation Run Forrest, Run!”

I’ll get to the important stuff, but first … I wanted to share a few things I heard whilst waiting and walking the VA hallways over the past few days … It might have been stress, but I found it HILARIOUS!

Nurse to Female Patient: “How do you feel today?  
Female Patient:  “I feel fantastic.  I want you to send me home with a couple dozen of them depositories.”

An older gentleman was brought into the room next to my dad and I heard him talking to the nurse who was doing his intake.  It went a little something like this: “I went to the ER for chest pain.  I tried putting “one of them nuclear explosions under my tongue and that helped some.”   I assume he meant nitroglycerine. 

I heard a female patient tell the nurse she had the “prostrate cancer.”

… and probably my favorite: a female patient who complained to the nurse about ” fireballs in her Eucharist”.

It has been a great experience from the standpoint that the physicians and nurses have been excellent.  With all of the negative press the VA Healthcare System has received in recent years, my dad has received some of the best, most kind and caring care while here the past few days … and this isn’t his first rodeo.


So anyway, on to the good stuff.

Dr. McFalls (Chief of Cardiology) came to Dad’s room to give us the good news. He started by stating that while they did see the past damage that led to the 4 Vessel Bypass in 1995, they do now see another abnormality on his scan that is located near a cusp or connecting point for the ventricular chamber walls and the fact that 1 or more of his bypass vessels may now be occluded.

He talked about the risks and benefits of doing an angioplasty to blocked vessels and placing stents, and he talked extensively about the very real risks associated with Dad’s history with MRSA and the fact that has the VERY real threat of any surgical site becoming infected, which  could grow to a bigger problem.

Alas, after much discussion, the “experts” (4 cardiology specialists and dad) have decided they will closely monitor this for now, and adjust his medications as necessary.  They have determined that since he has been asymptomatic for greater than 24 hrs, he can be discharged to home and they will see him in a few weeks for follow-up tests.

Dad and Mom are okay with that, the doctors are okay with that, Shell and Rob are okay with that and so am I.

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers over the weekend.  We are so very Blessed to have such wonderful, caring, supportive friends and family.

This probably won’t be the last medical scare for this team, but we’re prepared and rollin’ with the punches.

I can’t thank the staff at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center enough, as well as the staff at Fairview Lakes Medical Center (Wyoming, MN) and North Memorial Ambulance Service.

So … now the BEST news yet … Dad gets to go home.   Have a great night.