Tuesday evening the entire family went to my parents home for family time before the surgery. The weather outside was beautiful, with fall weather in the air. As I took pictures of everyone hanging out while we grilled, I asked my dad if I could make his surgery my Picture Perfect Friday.
Here it is...
Those of you who know my father can attest to his incredibility. Words really can't explain what a wonderful, smart, strong, hard working, caring, fair, serious, funny, charming, and loving man he is. I will refrain from being too mushy and explaining how much of a Daddy's girl I am, but I have to say I have never known another man like him. I am blessed beyond measure to have been raised by such wonderful parents and I cherish the strong relationship my father and I share. Although it has been an emotional and hard time, I am very thankful he let me document this journey. I can happily report that he made it through surgery well. He is now home and beginning the healing process. We will know for sure if the cancer was contained at his follow up visit next week, but the surgeon said he "visually" felt good about it. We are continuing to pray he is correct. Thank you to those who have reached out in prayer and support. Papa Slick is hanging in there and will be running a chainsaw, climbing a roof, or fixing something before long! :)
I tried to make the presurgery requirements humorous. My Dad called me when he pulled the bottle out of the fridge the next morning. "Poop your brains out??", he said. At least he laughed. :)
Sunrise at Centennial morning of surgery.
A long wait in Pre-Op.
Thumbs up as they took him to surgery.
A wave of the hand indicating a so-so Post Op.
It was a rough night for him, but he was moving around a bit better today. I meant to snap a picture once we got him settled in at home this evening, but my tired mind forgot. I am headed straight to the shower and then back over to see him. I will add a recovery picture later in the week. Until Next Friday. - J