Monday, May 17, 2010

The Night Before Surgery

Dave is tucked in at the hospital in Trinec tonight, in the midst of some of the worst flooding in many years here.

The rivers were raging this morning as we drove to the hospital, and it's just continued to rain and rain and rain all day and night. Many homes have had to be evacuated and river banks are being sand-bagged and watched through the night. I am praying that the roads and bridges are open tomorrow so I can get to the hospital for his surgery.

They will wake Dave up tomorrow morning at 6 AM and he is the first one into surgery at 7:30. The surgeon told us to expect 4-5 hours in surgery before we get any news.

Our dear friends, Mel and Amy, will be with me at the hospital while I wait. It's not normal for the family to be there for surgery so we'll most likely be in the main waiting room by ourselves. I'm sure the nurses will quickly learn that we're the "Americans", the ones waiting for news! :)

Amy has a friend who is one of the OR nurses at this hospital - she may or may not be in Dave's surgery tomorrow, but said that no matter what, she'd check in on the surgery and get news to us. Brona, our cardiologist, will also be checking in and letting me know what's going on. I'm thankful for that.

Would it be strange to say I'm almost sad this day has come? There have been so many blessings up to now, and things to learn from the Lord in the midst of this. I feel like I haven't had time to take it all in, though I'm sure there will be more "on the other side" and the Lord will keep our attention on the things that He feels are most important for us during this time.

But I really have treasured this past week especially, as many have written and shared thoughts and things from the Word...all SO rich and helpful and encouraging. THANK YOU if you've been one of those who have written those things to us!

I have also felt literally FLOODED with prayer by you all. Do you know what an amazing feeling that is tonight as I'm here without Dave and experiencing total peace??? It's wonderfully odd...and I'm soaking it in and treasuring the answers to prayer that I'm already experiencing.

So continue to pray...God is near in answer to your prayers.

More tomorrow....


  1. Praying...Praise God that He gives us His peace...

    But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. Jn.14:26-28

    Love you guys!

  2. So encouraged by your e-mail update!! Praising God with you and continuing to pray!

  3. Just heard about Dave from a friend at church. We are praying for all of you, including the surgeons and hospital staff. My stepmother (age 81) just had this surgery in December and I am praying that Dave's recovery is as fast as hers and that you continue in the strong peace the Lord has provided for you!

    "Fear not for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My victorious right hand." Isaiah 41:10

    "Thou dost keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusts in Thee." Isaiah 26:3

    Thank you so much for updating so we know how to pray. I hope you got to go to the hospital with all the flooding going on.

    Linda, for all the Prenzlow's