My father, who is almost 83, is generally very active and in good health. Yes, he had a quadruple bypass 12 years ago, and yes he has high blood pressure, but at that age, those types of maladies seem par for the course. The picture above was taken less than a month ago when my parents took a 2 week long trip touring around China. He walked 5-6 miles some days and up and down countless stairs (think Great Wall of China) at the same pace as folks half his age.  So it was a shock to us when last week he suffered a heart attack.

IMG_1888He had to go in for emergency surgery. Two of his previous bypass arteries were 100% and 99% blocked! It was so frightening.  He made it through surgery well and then went to the critical care unit for post-surgical care. Unfortunately he had some complications (bleeding at the catheterization site and difficulty breathing from fluid in his lungs).  He had to stay in the hospital for an extra couple of days.  My sister and I took turns staying with him so that we could help translate (medical terminology is difficult for anyone to understand, let alone for people for whom English is a second or third language like my dad).

He is at home now and resting/recuperating well; thank heaven! We are so grateful that he made it through this near-death experience. It reminds me that every day is a gift, even the bad days. 🙂

Anyway, all of this is to say that I had no time to craft this week. I wouldn’t change a thing since I got to spend good quality time with my dad, but when he was finally allowed to go home, I had a stack of work to catch up on … and, of course, there is the little matter of sleep. LOL Anyway, I hope you and yours are having a wonderful, healthy and happy crafty day.  Hugs and blessings, Kristina


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