Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Assalamualaikum wbt..

I can count on one hand the number of times I have seen my mother upset. Literally. That's not on exaggeration.  As you might have guessed non of the times she was upset had anything to do with me. It was invariably one of my siblings doing the dumb things. I was an angel. I promise.

Allow me to say a quick word about our journey over the last two months. As you can imagine, they have been exceedingly challenging for our mom and our family. They have taken us to the edge of our physical, spiritual and emotional understanding.

Some of you may be wondering, as we have at various points along our journey, how could this happen? Why our mom? Which begs a broader question about why bad things can happen to good people? I am not going to profess to have all or any of the answers, but I would be remiss if didn't share some of my feelings given what's transpired. This is what I called as Qada' and Qadar..

Shortly after my mom's liver surgery, she recovers so fast and done very well in all her therapy sessions.The next week after that, she walked with assistance, about 200 feet. We wore her out, but it was amazing seeing her place one foot in front of another while keeping pretty good balance. The following week, she was discharged from the hospital. Alhamdulillah. We now pray that she will heal well without any hint of infection.

Abah, in another hand, was on the waiting list for his coronary artery bypass surgery. He already had confirmatory results from the following week when mom discharged from the hospital. He will head to a surgery date on 11th of this month. He was scared but pretend that he is not. I know he is a strong and brave man.After a lot of waiting, Abah went in for surgery at about 7.30 am at the National Heart Institute, Malaysia and had his heart bypassed. The doctor said everything went just as they had hoped and were pleased with the results. After a few set backs we are so grateful for the blessing of this day and to finally pass this hurdle in our journey.

Prior to the surgery, Abah sat with Aulia' and did his best to communicate with doctors and nurses.  I am so grateful for the support of our friends and family and all those who are praying for Abah.  We have felt those prayers carry us many times throughout this journey and today was no different.

Abah came out of surgery well and although it was hard to see him in the ICU I couldn't help but smile when I saw that old man bold head.  He really is such an amazing man and I am so grateful for his courage. We pray that this week is one where we see progress in swallowing (he swallows when he feels fluid collecting at the back of his throat) hear him using his voice more and becoming stronger in his ability to stand and walk.


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