Sunday, February 4, 2018

Dad Op

It's been a crazy week. My dad had a heart attack on Tuesday and a quadruple bypass the next day. And I flew down to Tennessee early Wednesday morning. I'd hoped I could get there before he went into surgery, but even in this modern age it took forever to get down there - or at least it seemed that way. But I was there when he woke up. And I am very happy to report that the surgery went well, no complications, and he's recovering. There's a long road ahead, but the road ahead looks so much better than it did last Tuesday/Wednesday. The hospital he's at is in Cookeville, TN and I'm very impressed with the expertise and care dad's received there. They've won multiple awards for cardiac care, so I know he's in good hands, but please keep him in your thoughts and prayers - and my mom too: Dad isn't such a patient patient. . .

Suffice it to say, I much prefer Dad Ops to a Dad Op(eration)!

While I was there, I also discovered that the hospital isn't too far from the mainline of the Nashville & Eastern (I heard the tell-tale grade crossing horns one afternoon). So when we (my brother Jeff and I) went out to run a couple errands one day, we happened to see the local doing some switching. Since this is a railroad-related blog, I'll sign off for now with some photos and a video. I wish dad had been able to join me and Jeff on our little impromptu railfanning, but I look forward to some other time - hopefully in the not-too-distant future - when we can all get together again under much better circumstances.


  1. Thanks for the update and may the good luck continue!

  2. I'm glad your Dad is receiving good care, and all the best wishes to your family.

  3. Hey Chris- wishing your Dad a speedy recovery.

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with your Dad, you and your family.


  5. Chris, thanks for sharing this with us. Please wish your Dad a rapid recovery. George

  6. Thank you all so much for your thoughts, prayers and support. Dad had a minor setback on Sunday, but thankfully he still got to go home Monday and is there now. Now on the road to recovery, thankfully!