Saturday, February 17, 2007

...of family, forgiveness, and amputation...

*UPDATE* - Sunday 11:27a

I was at the hospital this morning. After they took Obi-Wan down for surgery prep, his doctor came up to the room and told me the amputation will be postponed, possibly until Monday or Tuesday. They wanted to conduct a stress test and some heart tests. - B

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The past six weeks in the life of Obi-Wan have been a season of change. And this last week is no exception.

Obi-Wan’s niece Emma Mae from Waco and his estranged son Lamont from Houston have been caring for him all week.

The big news I never would have seen coming in a million years: Obi-Wan and his son have made amends as best they can. They have forgiven each other for 50 plus years of past hurts and are embracing the change.

Lamont will soon return to Houston to tie up some loose ends before returning to the fair mother city where he will reside with Obi-Wan and care for him.

That’s amazing. I never would have seen that coming. Obi-Wan won’t have to go to a nursing home or deal with questionable 24-hour in-home care workers.

On the bleak front...

Obi-Wan is currently in the hospital awaiting amputation of his left leg slightly above the knee. It is scheduled for Sunday at 0900.

The doctors have avoided amputation four times last year. This time it’s unavoidable as infection has set in his left foot.

I was present this afternoon as the last of three doctors came to view his leg and discuss Sunday morning’s schedule. His doctor asked if he had any questions. Obi-Wan’s reply:

“Doc, I don’t fear death. When it’s my time to go, I’m ready. I trust that the Lord sent you to do this job, so you must know what you’re doing. I just hope that you’ve got your circular saw blade sharpened.”

I can only hope that I will be as profound and funny at my greatest time of need.

Obi-Wan’s only desires in life were to live to his dying days in his own home and with both of his feet.

I guess getting one of those desires in better than none.

I don’t know, CEO. It ain’t the end of the world, but, what gives?

2 comments:

Mark said...

Any new updates on Obi Wan?

Agent B said...

Nope.

His surgery is scheduled for today (Tues) at 4p.

I won't be able to be there due to car/kid/wife scheduling conflict. I'm planning to see him this afternoon and later this evening.