I write this morning from the hospital. We are rejoicing that my stepfather came through his surgery okay yesterday. It was a close call this time. The surgeon told us that the clot in his carotid was hanging "by a tether." It could have gone anytime, and that would most likely have been fatal. Praise the Lord for His loving care.
My stepdad is doing remarkably well for being nearly 85. We still have to keep an eye on things. Due to his age, they will want to keep him here a while longer. His speech is slurred a bit, which they tell us is normal for this type of surgery. It should clear up before too long.
One lesson in all of this . . . don't wait to get something done, especially with something as potentially life-threatening as a clot in a carotid artery. I will try to have more of an account of our experience later so you can see what I mean. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions.