It's me again. My situation hasn't changed (no job). My dad went in on July 13th for a medically needed gastric bypass. While the doctors had him under they were going to repair a hernia via laproscopy. The first part went flawlessly... but not the second. It seems there was a lot of scar tissue from previous hernia surgeries and it had wrapped his intestines up in it. They had to open him up and remove the tissue, perforating the intestine in the process. This went well and he was up walking on Tuesday morning. By Tuesday afternoon, however, he was in intense pain and his belly was swelling. The doctors went back in and discovered more scar tissue below the operation site (that they didn't catch) had also wrapped up the intestines and once swelling had set in was ripping the surgical site from the first surgery. My dad has been in ICU since last Tuesday. He is on a ventilator but is breathing mostly on his own. They are keeping him mostly knocked out but he can sometimes nod when we talk to him. He has 6-8 IVs going at a time and the staples from the surgery had become infected. They think they have that infection under control but are talking like it could be weeks before he can get out of ICU. I forgot to mention he is in Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, which is about 3.5 hours from here. My mom just called and gave me an update. They are going to replace the vent tube with a tracheotomy tomorrow. His vitals have taken a slight setback (white blood count up by two points, fluid output not up to what they want it to be) but he was very alert this morning.