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Prayer request

Now … for a big part of the reason I haven’t felt much like posting since the start of the month (those lengthy posts on DOUBT and LOLA MONTES have been sitting in my Draft folder for a week, pretty much in their current form). And it has nothing to do with Post-Obama Please-Slit-My-Wrists-NOW!!! Syndrome or anything like that. Something far more serious.

Later today, my father has triple heart-bypass surgery, to remedy 70 percent blockage in the main heart artery. This is not as risky a procedure as it would have been when he was … say, my age. Particularly since his health is otherwise good. But major surgery on a 65-year-old man is major surgery on a 65-year-old man.

I’d appreciate all y’all praying for him.

UPDATE: Things could not possibly have gone better for my father. There were no complications or snafus on the actual table. Within 24 hours, he could sit up for a time and even carry a conversation, though he was obviously very tired and on painkillers. As I type this Sunday late-night (MOVIE CONTENT: with one eye on TCM’s showing of DIABOLIQUE), all the tubes have been removed except a saline drip, and dad was able to eat a small amount of solid food Sunday afternoon, barely two days after having his chest sliced open.

Thanks for all the good wishes and prayers in recent days.

November 14, 2008 - Posted by | Family stuff


  1. I can’t pray for your dad, obviously, but I do wish him a speedy recovery and continued good health.

    Comment by md'a | November 14, 2008 | Reply

  2. He’s in my prayers.

    Comment by Adam Villani | November 14, 2008 | Reply

  3. My father is also 65 and will be going under the knife for a heart and double-lung transplant next week. Your father will also be in my prayers.

    Comment by Stephen | November 14, 2008 | Reply

  4. I do wish your father the best, Victor. You and your family and in my thoughts in what I know is a difficult time.

    Comment by msic | November 16, 2008 | Reply

  5. Great news about your dad, Victor. Sounds like it went very well…

    Comment by Dan Owen | November 18, 2008 | Reply

  6. Relieved to hear about your father’s successful surgery. My own father has survived two sextuple bypass surgeries (and prostate cancer and several heart attacks and strokes), so I know the dreadful feeling of the waiting room and also the (literal) resiliency of the human heart. I’m sure your dad is hearing plenty of advice right now about how to maintain his health in the long term. Be sure to hold him to his doctor’s advice on limiting stress and maintaining a good diet– these old-timers can be stubborn as hell– and I wish both of you the best.

    Comment by Scott Tobias | November 19, 2008 | Reply

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