It's been a bit of a whirlwind week or so. Shortly after finding out baby barnes #2 was en-route, my dad went in for a pretty serious surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. They found it several years ago and have just been watching it since. For the longest time it was small enough that the risk of surgery outweighed the risk of the aneurysm itself. A few months ago they decided that it had grown to a point where the aneurysm risk was great enough to warrant doing the surgery. After several tests and scans they determined that they should be able to do it the "easy way" and go in arthroscopically. Fortunately they were able to avoid open chest or open abdominal surgery which would be way riskier and would obviously increase the healing time ten-fold.
The surgery went perfect. The doctors said that it couldn't have gone any better. He had the surgery on Wednesday morning at 11 and it lasted about 2.5 hours. After a brief stay in recovery he went to the Cardio ICU where he remained until the next morning when he was released to go home. I cannot believe how fast he got out but I am so glad.
In all my worry about the surgery going well, it oddly didn't even occur to me that once it was over we wouldn't have to worry about a sudden rupture of the aneurysm. That had been our fear for years and it wasn't a concern anymore. What a relief!
So that's what has been going on over the past week. Glad it went well. Glad it's over. Here are a few pics from the week.