Saturday, September 26, 2009

Grandpa Ottley: Update

Grandpa Ottley had triple bypass surgery yesterday and is still in recovery. Overall the surgery went well, and the procedure took 5 hours. He has been in the Thoracic ICU and will be there for the next few days. He has been slow to recover. They are struggling to keep his blood pressure stable and they say that due to the heart attack and surgery his heart has taken on a lot of stress and trauma. They say he has made some improvement this morning and would like to keep that improvement going for the next couple days. If they can get him stable, they can remove the breathing tube, heart balloon, and also reduce his medication intake. As of now they keep him very sedated and he is unable to communicate verbally. Visiting at this time would probably not be beneficial. The hospital staff and doctors say visits are allowed but they would like to keep them brief until he is more stable and alert.

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