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Bob will be having carotid artery and quintuple bypass surgery on Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 a.m. at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. He began having dizzy spells last fall but they subsided in late November and on through December. He was scheduled to have the rotator cuff on his left shoulder surgically repaired in early January but several days before the surgery date, the dizzy spells and some vision issues returned. We decided to postpone the shoulder surgery until we could get a complete workup and opinion on the cause of the dizziness & vision problem. It was no less than divine intervention that we did that. We have since been told he likely would not have survived that surgery.
We began monitoring his blood pressure and oxygen levels and when a particularly high blood pressure reading in mid-January sent us to the ER in Douglas, WY, we found out it could be heart-related and were referred to a cardiologist in Casper, WY. After initial consults, Bob underwent several tests and the carotid blockage on the right side was discovered. After attempting a stress test he could not finish, they recommended a heart catheterization which was done on February 22. This is when they discovered significant blockages in all three major arteries of his heart. With too much blockage to stent, four to five bypasses are his only option. This week, they determined he can have both surgeries at the same time. He is expected to be in the hospital about a week provided all goes well.
I will update this site as we progress, but unless there are complications prior, there probably won't be an update to this site until the day before or the day of surgery. We will make sure the updates are as timely as possible and that the information is as current as possible. All four of our children plan to be here for at least the most critical days.
We chose this option because it allows all of our many family members and friends to stay accurately and quickly updated without our having to create multiple e-mails or make multiple phone calls. It is also the most convenient way for all of you to check on him with your own schedule in mind. We truly appreciate your prayers, love, support, and concern. Please check back at your convenience in the days to come.