Kevin had his aortic valve replacement surgery on Monday morning. It seemingly went rather well. However, on Monday night, an infection developed in the area. It got so bad that Kevin’s wife was thinking of calling everyone out to Arizona to see him one last time. Thankfully, he made it through that more or less intact.
Kari called me on Tuesday morning and told me how bad Kevin’s night had been, so yesterday our family was pretty much just going through the motions of life. Late Tuesday evening, Kari sent me a text saying he had a better day and was off the respirator.
Yesterday, my phone rang, and when I picked it up, Kevin was on the other line. After saying a few silent prayers, I told him how great it was to hear his voice. He admitted he went through a rough patch – and still had his chest tube in – but the doctors think he’s going to fully recover. We talked for about five minutes, and when he hung up, I lost it.
Despite my assumed popularity in the blogosphere, I don’t many friends. Part of that is my fault – the sarcastic tool you read here every day is pretty much the sarcastic tool I am in real life – and part of it is the fault of others – like my high school/college circle of (ex) friends. (Have fun at the US Pond Hockey Nationals – again – dicks!)
I only have two very close friends; Bill (who is local) and Kevin (who is thousands of miles away). So naturally, when something happens to one of them, I panic. Lord knows I can’t afford to lose anyone else.
Thank you for your prayers. And thank you, God, for answering them. Kevin’s not out of the woods yet, but he’s getting there.
UPDATE: If you can, throw a few out for Mrs. Earp, too. She’s in the ER with severe stomach pains. Docs are just now getting to her. (She went in at 6:30am.) In the meantime, I’m Mr. Mom today, so I won’t be around much,