Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Dad

Sorry for not posting more "fun" stuff before now. But here is what is going on now!!

Hello Everyone and Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers. We all really appreciate knowing so many care about my dad Gaines. Please know he is doing really well now and the Doctors did a great job. To recap what has happened in the last 36 hours here goes….

Tuesday afternoon Gaines was in Lexington for a meeting. He wasn’t feeling right but thought it might have been a little heartburn or something like that. He sort of brushed it off but a few hours later thought he should get it checked out. When he landed he immediately went to the hospital in Valley and his Doctor, Dr Shiver, was waiting on him. He did have a heart attack. They gave him some medicine to loosen the clot and he immediately was better. They did a cauterization Wednesday morning to see what had happened and it was then determined that he needed a stent. He was immediately taken to UAB where the BEST Interventional Cardiologist gave him a medicated stent in the circumference area of the heart. He did great during the procedure and was soon moved to his room. He was doing so well that we went to dinner. He will be in the hospital till Thursday or Friday morning. They want to keep him to make sure everything continues to go well and there are no complications. Please don’t get me wrong what happened was a serious thing and I don’t mean to downplay it, but what matters now is he is doing very well.

From my entire family, we sincerely appreciate your concern. If I haven’t answered or was short on the phone I apologize. The cell service in the hospital is terrible and we have been talking with the Drs a lot. They have been great about keeping us informed on everything. I must admit I am a little tired and will be in touch when we know more.

Please forgive my lack of medical knowledge and use of proper terms. I should get Dr. Whitney to review this but we both are exhausted. Thanks again for all the concern and I promise to update as needed.

Ashley Lanier Jennings