Thanks to all of you who've prayed for my dad and for those of you who sent notes/comments about it.
I've answered some, but honestly, I've answered maybe 10 emails since I've gotten back from hawaii, it's HORRIBLE!! Please, if you read this and have emailed me, know that I'm reading your emails but haven't had a sane moment to sit down and respond.
I can't believe it was just a week ago that I posted...it feels like it's been so much longer. Since my Dad was admitted into the hospital on Tuesday May 9...about a week ago, my youngest daughter started her period for the first time, my Lily (my dog) is spending the night at the vet tonight after being spayed and having 5 teeth extracted...not to mention getting her shots up to date and having a microchip implanted. I feel so sorry for her, but fortunately, my vet is very big on pain meds for pets. They've got her pretty doped up and will be sending her home with pain pills and antibiotics in the morning.
Now, about my dad...things were totally up in the air with him from the time he got into the hospital until Saturday. The surgeon had him sign a paper giving permission for him to amputate the top half of his foot if needed. He convinced Dad that he wouldn't do it in mid surgery...that if it looked like it would have to be done, he would wait, talk to him and my mom and go from there...my dad had this fear of going into surgery and waking up in recovery without his toes.
After the first surgery on Wednesday, things were very bleak. The foot was full of sand (about a teaspoon full had been blasted into the foot), there was major infection. The surgeon did his best to clean it out but did not feel positive about the outcome. After that first surgery was when they wanted dad to sign the waver. He had dad do an antibiotic foot whirlpool treatment the same day as that surgery. The next morning, they repeated the surgery and the Dr. was so surprised...he said that the foot looked so much better than he had expected. He did more cleaning and scheduled dad to have 2 of the antibiotic foot baths a day. Things have continually gotten better....much to the amazement of the Drs. He was finally released to go home today but is hooked up to an IV, has some kind of vacuum antibiotic pack thing on his foot. Mom said that there were some medical personnel who were arriving soon after they got home to get everything set up for them. He will have a nurse visit every three days for the next 6 weeks to treat it. Mom will have to clean his wound, do the IV thing, etc. They're both just exhausted but his foot is 99% out of the woods. Mom told me today that it won't ever look the same, but he'll have all his toes. The Dr. predicts a full recovery in 6 months.
My dad said that he is certain that the outcome was positive because of all the people we've had praying for him. I agree.
Thanks so much for your encouragement and support...I'm going to post this now and will post another thing right after. oxox