I'm in Carmel this weekend and all next week. My dad's having major heart surgery tomorrow morning. His aortic valve has all but failed and his surgery is necessary for him to live. I hadn't seen him since late September and when I arrived yesterday I was very surprised at how weak he looked and how hard it is for him to breathe. He looked pale and weary.
Today we took him to the hospital to get checked in for his surgery tomorrow morning. They're getting him up at 4:00 AM to prepare him - shaving, bathing with antibacterial soap, IVs, ECGs, all that stuff.