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Friday, November 20, 2009

Pray for my Dad

My Father, who is a very active 82 year old, has been having some heart problems over the last few months. Yesterday he underwent a heart-cath at Southeastern Medical Center in Dothan Alabama. The Doctor discovered that he has two severely blocked and hardened arteries leading to his heart. The Doctor was able to fix one artery with stents, but he said he had a very difficult time getting the hardened artery to open up and had to use several stents which caused a tear in the lining of the artery wall. The Doctor almost sent him to surgery right then, but he got the tear to lay down in place and put another stent over it to hold it in place while it heals.

At this point the Doctor wanted to consult with a heart surgeon about what would be the best way to proceed with the care of my dad (more stents for the other artery, or open heart bypass surgery). After consulting with a heart surgeon it was decided that they would attempt to fix the other artery with stents next Tuesday (Nov. 24th), and if things do not go well they will do open heart bypass surgery.

I would really appreciate everyone remembering my father in your prayers… his name is William A. (Bill) Alford.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rom.8:28)

Grace Always,
Greg

4 comments:

Gary said...

Absolutely. Linda and I are praying for you Dad.

Gary

Marvin Merriweather said...

Greg,

I am praying intensely for your dad and will continue to do so daily. If you are able, please keep us all updated on his condition so that we can pray specifically. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Marvin

Bob said...

We will be praying here in Arnold, Missouri for your Dad.

Bob Schembre

Greg Alford said...

UPDATE...

The Dr. was unable to open up the second 90% blocked artery leading to my Dad's heart.

So as it now stands they have opened up one of the two blocked arteries with stints and will try and treat his condition with med’s... He is now at home and was able to enjoy thanksgiving yesterday with his family (about 60 strong) at my grandparents old home... He looks good and feels good... As he put’s it “I am much better off today than I was a week ago.”

My annual Thanksgiving prayer over the family meal was a little longer than usual this year... as I was reminded of just how much we all have to be thankful for!

I want to say a personal “Thank You!” to everyone who prayed for my father during this time.

God is so good...
Greg