[[ Sticky post ... this will be on top. Regular blogging below"] As many of y'all know, my father was diagnosed with lung cancer back in April (one of the reasons I was so glad to be able to spend nearly three months in India this summer).
:: UPDATE :: The surgery is scheduled to start at 9:30 am IST on Friday, Nov. 24. That's 11:00 pm on Thu. Nov. 23 on the US East Coast. (At some point I might write about the zoo that is Govt. hospital bureaucracy. It rivals the Dept. of Homeland Security in its labrynthine stupidity. Still, this is supposedly the best thing around medical competence-wise ... )
The cancer has (thankfully) not spread, but the tumor in his left lung is still pretty large and active. This Friday, he's having surgery to have his entire lung removed. The operation will take place at Bombay's Tata Memorial Center (one of India's leading cancer research and treatment centers).
I'm flying to Bombay, leaving tomorrow (arriving late Wednesday night). I'm most grateful to the CSPs for letting me take 10 days off from the novitiate to be with my family.
Your prayers will be greatly appreciated. (The surgery is scheduled to start early Friday morning IST, which will be late Thursday evening -- 8:30 pm or later -- Eastern time in the US). I'll update the blog as I can.