Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

I read about this week’s challenge just before I took my ex-husband Al home from having a cardioversion, a procedure to stop his heart from fibrillating.  To me he is the epitome of endurance.

On his way home from cardioversion last Saturday.
On the way home from the cardioversion last Friday.

In 2002, Al had a massive heart attack.  It was so bad that they had to leave his chest wall open for several days because every time they closed it, his heart would stop.  Our children, Sreejit and Chaitanya came from California and India respectively, to be with him and to take care of him.  I recently found out that the doctor said he had never had a patient with that level of heart attack survive.  The doctor credited his survival to the care Sreejit and Chaitanya gave him in the hospital and at home.

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At the time of the heart attack, Al had a stent put in.  In 2009, he had more surgery.  This time six stents were inserted.  Since then he had three cardioversions for atrial fibrillation.

Al muggedHis endurance was tested again last year, in a completely different way.  In December 2013, my children and I were in India when we received a phone call from Al, saying that he had been mugged and beaten at 5:30 in the afternoon as he was going into his apartment building in the International District. He was 73 years old at that time and has M.S. in addition to his heart condition. Because of the M.S., he is very unstable on his feet, but he decided he wasn’t going to take it and fought back. As a result, all he lost was his phone.

He was very happy that he had stood up for himself. He also felt very grateful. Al has one eye that has been pretty much destroyed by glaucoma. If the mugger had beaten Al’s good eye, he would have been blinded; but since he beat the damaged one, Al still has good vision.  I could understand Al’s sense of gratitude but was amazed at his ability to maintain a positive attitude in that situation.

I think by now, you can understand why I think Al is a very good example of the quality “Endurance!”

 

Written for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

 

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12 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

    1. yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m crying here, don’t lighten the mood. Anyways, of course you guys went to Starbucks on the way back from his cardioversion. Don’t think I didn’t notice that in the first picture.
      Dad’s always a model of positivity and dignity and hopefully by 74 I will start to develop some of those qualities too! 🙂

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      1. We didn’t go to Starbucks. There is a Starbucks just inside the hospital entrance and strangely enough the hospital lets them advertise it on the front of the hospital.

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  1. OMGosh I can’t even imagine going through all that. Not just Al, but all the family, it must have been terrifying for all of you! My blessings to the family. I hope Al recovers, & is back on track soon. This is an increadable story, & one I hope you never have to write again!

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    1. The cardioversions actually give him much more energy so I anticipate he will feel a lot better for a long time. It is amazing what having more oxygen coming to your heart can do for energy level! Thank you for your kind words.

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