st. george marathon 2008
its hard to believe that last year at this time i was driving home from utah after staying there for a month to help my dad recover from emergency open heart surgery due to endocarditis. months of IV antibiotics, no driving for 12wks, and tons of other unforeseen complications
dad was a really brave and a hero through all of it.
But now it seems he has to go back in again to replace the mitral valve that didn't heal/take properly. he has only had 20% of his heart functioning and was having pulmonary problems since about Sept. I can't imagine having to have open heart surgery again, let alone only 13months from the first surgery. it was so hard the first time around to see my dad a marathon runner, strong powerful man, better repair man than bob villa himself, go through so much physical pain and torment after taking such good care of his body all these years.
So tomorrow is the surgery day, and as i sit on bed rest i hope and pray that all goes well. its a tough and complicated surgery and i wish i could be there to help him recover, or just wish him well face to face and give him one last hug. but for now i pray and try to control all my emotions. I know he is in good hands and he is truly the bravest man i know, and has never asked the question why all this has happened to him, yet as he says has, "come what may and love it."
i love you dad, your my best friend and greatest model of seeking joy through everything.
one of many training runs organized by dad