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The Autobiography of Russell
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Parental Health

This morning my dad went into surgery to have a kidney/prostate(?) removed(?). Another family member called over the weekend to let me know that a spot or something had been found on the kidney and were going to have it removed. This is the first I've heard of this particular problem and I'm getting all of this second-hand so the specifics are a little unclear. I knew he had a hernia(?) about a month ago, they took care of that, then he had a reaction to the drugs he was given during recovery so recovery took longer than expected. It sounds like he's expecting the recovery from today's surgery to only be a few days, but based on the last one everyone else is expecting it to take a few weeks.

Despite all that he's still trying to remodel the house, do work around the house, and in general make himself useful. I can understand why, although I don't agree. If I were in his place, well over 70 years old, I would be a little concerned about being made useless. But I would know this is only a temporary setback and to take it easy while the body recovers what it can. But, that's his call. I haven't been close to my parents in many many years, so I wouldn't be devastated if I lose them.

I probably won't hear anything back unless something goes completely wrong. Even if I were to call tomorrow the details would be sketchy and it would be like pulling teeth to find out anything directly from the parental units. *shrugs*

Current Music: "Live Like We're Dying" by "Kris Allen" (Pandora)

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legolastn From: legolastn Date: February 8th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always feel weird and ambivalent about hearing worrisome news from family I'm distant from (ie, my dad and most of his half of the family). Hopefully everything will go well.

zimzat From: zimzat Date: February 9th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I can agree with that assessment. I especially feel that way with the parents. It's kind of the same way with the rest of the family too. Any of the extended family, though, and it's like "Who?" (mostly because I've never heard of them to begin with or it's been years and years since I've seen them).
divaprime From: divaprime Date: February 8th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hope your dad makes it through ok, but I understand your disconnect with them.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: February 9th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't hate them so I hope he makes it through okay too. I just don't know that there is much else for me to say about it. *shrug*
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