He had major brain surgery four days ago and he s walking out of the hospital today. Pat O Day, spry enough to go home to San Juan Island, full recovery expected.
Amazing. Or maybe not. Maybe it s just Pat O Day being Pat O Day. Has he ever slowed down? Why should he let something like a benign tumor the size of an egg pressing on his frontal lobe get in the way of his life?
Last week O Day s wife Stephanie had had enough.
I had to tell him what to do, she says, we re going to the hospital, we re going tomorrow.. and thank God we did
O Day, 77, had been drifty, forgetful, quiet and started having problems with the simplest motor skils. It had been getting worse for six months.
I am not a hospital guy, O Day admits, She did it all.
When they took pictures of his brain they found a huge tumor, about the size of an egg. O Day was referred to Dr. Greg Foltz at Swedish Medical Center s Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment. It was benign, but dangerous.
You could see it was pushing the brain out of the way and the brain was getting very swollen. It s probably been there for 30 years said Dr. Foltz.
Foltz removed the tumor in a two-and-a-half hour surgery.
It went beautifully. It is always my goal to return patients to their normal life but returning Pat O day to his normal life is a special bonus..
So you can expect the former King of the Seattle rock-and-roll airwaves, the longtime voice of the hydro races, the concert promoter who hung out with Hendrix and booked the biggest music acts of the 60 s and 70 s to go right back to work just as soon as he can. Retirement is repugnant to me, Allen. It s fine for some, but not me. I m not wired that way. I have to stay busy.
And he will. O Day says it was a miracle.
A Seattle miracle. A high-tech miracle. A medical miracle. I dodged a bullet, he said.
He gives all credit to Dr. Foltz and Swedish, and says he hopes telling his story will let other people know that the symptoms they have might not be Alzheimer's or dementia or just age, but something that can be identified and dealt with.