This is my father-in-law with my two boys this summer at S-F Boy Scout Camp in Farmington, MO. I had to take his hand and guide him down the dimly lit path to beside the lake where he did not get to witness my son being elected into OA (big family upset there).
I fear this may be his last summer to see my boys at camp. He used to help Joe, my husband, every summer since the boys were Webelos in Cubs.
Twenty-eight years of diabetes, now controlled by Glyburide, Metformin, and Insulin, have ravaged his cardio-vascular system.
Today, he went in for exploratory surgery for his weak heart. They found almost 100% blockage in three main arteries, too much to stent.
Two weeks from now, he has to undergo an MR of his heart; if there is too much necrotic tissue, he will not be a good candidate for bypass.
Although he is 80 and has lived a full-life, he is angry about his disease and angry with his prior internist who did not refer him to further specialists.
Wally is a jovial, good-natured man who will be missed by many.
Please keep him in your prayers, thoughts, and special intentions.
Although fellow diabetics will have another angel by their sides, we would like him to remain here as long as he can.