Can't we all just get along?
Despite all the major geopolitical tidings, however, it was a week that, for me, started with more personal news. My 60-something father took the first step towards becoming a bionic man.
Let me explain: After a routine stress test that turned out to be not so routine, my dad's doctor advised him that he wanted to do a nuclear CAT scan late to check things out in a little more detail. Not satisfied with the results of the CAT scan, the doctor explained he was going to need to perform a heart catheterization.
Yes, that would be the procedure where they push a camera atop a thin wire through an artery in your upper leg and then all the way up near the heart.
As it turned out, my father's doctor's initial suspicion from the stress test was an astute diagnosis, for it so happened dad had a major artery that was 90% blocked -- not good.
To remedy the situation, the doctor took immediate action, performing an angioplasty and the placement of a stent to keep a healthy flow of oxygen-rich blood to his heart.
This all happened on Tuesday. I'm happy to report now, today, so far so good. This morning my mom informed me that my father is out and about, going to the post office to check the mail and stopping in for a while at his workplace.
Just a few short years ago, such a condition would likely have demanded a full bypass operation and down time of multiple weeks. Today, my dad was headed back to work three days after the procedure (he promised he would take it easy -- we're holding you to that, dad).
With all this week's increased geopolitical instability, I just wanted to take a few moments and report some good news. Even if that news may only be important to a handful of my friends and family members, I thought it important to let you know that there was some good news out there. These days, a little bit of good news can go a long way.
Meanwhile, I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to my IBM colleagues in our Haifa Labs and with all people throughout the impacted Middle East region. I hope and pray cooler heads prevail and that some good news reaches you soon as well.