If you look on the right sidebar, you will notice my paean of gratitude to Brian Kane. Brian is one of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet online. Though I've forgotten exactly how we came to be acquainted, Brian took an interest in my weblog early on, back when I was still coding it by hand in crude HTML. Being the exceedingly talented techie that he is, he helped me get my weblog set up in Movable Type when I first took the big step. Communicating from Boston via Yahoo Messenger, he did all of the heavy lifting while I sat back and marvelled at what was taking place.
Later, Brian assisted me when I upgraded to MT 2.61. I'm not sure why he was willing to do this for me, but I was (and remain) grateful for the assistance. I'm not a techie; I'm a writer. Without Brian's generosity with his time and expertise, I'd still be carving stone tablets with HTML tags.
I hadn't heard from Brian in awhile, so imagine my surprise when I found this note from his wife, Bridget, on his weblog:
Hi all - Bridget here. Brian has asked me to let you know what is going on with him. Last night he was admitted to the hospital with chest pain. He had a cardiac catheterization this morning which showed 3 blocked arteries - one of which is 100% blocked. He had a small heart attack which caused no damage to his heart muscle. He will be undergoing a bypass on Wednesday - we do not yet know the time of the procedure.
Needless to say he is a little freaked out - but the doctors are telling us if you have to have this happen to you - this is the way to do it.
I'll keep you posted.
Here are the latest updates, and thankfully, the news is good.
Brian is in surgery. He will likely be there until the late afternoon - they tell me he has a slow surgeon. Brian went in to surgery with a good outlook and with far more courage and grace than I would be able to muster.
Thanks to everyone for all of your good wishes.
I saw Brian at 6:30 p.m. The surgery went well - to quote the surgeon "as expected". He had four by passes. He should be off the respirator by 9:00 p.m. and out of bed tomorrow morning. He will be going to the step down unit tomorrow and then the regular post-surgical floor on Friday if all goes well.
Thanks to all of you for all your wishes - I'll keep you posted. (from yesterday, 6.23.04)....
Brian is off the respirator, talking to the nursing staff, and doing very well. He'll be out of bed this morning - yes folks this morning - and moving up to the step down unit later today. After about a day on step down he will go out to the post-surgical floor until he comes home.
Thanks for all of your good wishes, positive energy, and messages. I am printing them out so he can read them this morning. (from early this morning, 6.24.04)
If you get a chance, drop Brian a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know he'd love to hear from you. Tell him I sent you; he'll wonder what I'm up to.... ;0)