He is not a candidate for serious surgery. He was told that the last time. The heart he has is the heart that was given him via genetics. He has never smoked or drank. He has had issues with weight, but he has done the best he can to keep that under control. At his heaviest, after seminary, he was roughly 300 lbs. On a five-eight frame that's pretty round. But through dilligence and some fear (his doctor told it to him straight: lose the weight or die at 30) he lost the weight.
The fact that he has made it to 70 years of age is amazing. He should of been dead at about 4, or so. When he had his first heart attack in Virginia. We didn't realize how much damage had been done to his heart until he had his second one. But, like I often say: "he's a tough old Kraut" (I learned the other day btw that the word Kraut means "cabbage" in German. For some reason that seems oddly appropriate).
He has been having tests all day. I guess they started hauling him out and about at 0530. He ate his breakfast in "shifts" as he said.
He should be home either tomorrow or Wednesday.
I'm really sorry to hear this. I hope he makes it home in good shape, and good spirits.
He's doing fine. He should be home tomorrow.
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