so my mom calls me to say my dad's on morphine and can't talk properly hence why he didn't call tonight as he promised prior to the operation.
apparently the infection was graver than expected: the inflamation had grown, and at one point had an abcess that almost caused a perforation. so operating him through the navel was out of the question - they had to cut him open.
i am never letting him eat as much as he did up until now. diverticulitis has its origin in both genes and nutrition.
he is going to stay immortal, dammit.