I know it meant the world to mom and dad that many across the world were standing with them as dad headed into surgery. Bless you all who were praying for them.
|Friend and pastor from Bethany EV Free, Kevin, with mom at the hospital|
The good news: God was merciful and gracious to Dick yesterday as he successfully came through mitral valve replacement surgery.
Dave's sister, Joyce, was with mom at the hospital throughout the five hour surgery, and David, her husband, joined them soon afterward. Together they gave us updates throughout the day which meant the world to us. It's not fun to be so far away from family at a time like this.
The last report was waiting in my email this morning when we woke up.
Final update for Thursday night (Good morning Europe family)…
Everything is going well with the recovery so far. They took the breathing tube out around 3 hours ago. His color is better and his temperature and vitals are all doing well. Bleeding has slowed significantly. We haven’t been in the room when he’s been awake, but the nurses and doctors have talked to him. If the night goes well they will try to get him sitting in a chair in the morning. Your mom did great, and she is home sleeping tonight.
We all feel the prayers of God’s people.
Yes we DO feel the prayers of God's people! Again, THANK YOU!!
And it's such a relief to know that dad is on the other side of surgery and showing all the signs of having come through it well.
|I love mom's smile in this picture as she's at dad's bedside - thankful to Joyce for these photos|
As we well remember from Dave's surgery four years ago for the same reason, it's not just surgery that's challenging. These next few days of dad's recovery are critical as well. So we continue to pray.
Joyce wrote this on her FB page last night:
Thank you for your prayers today. Dad's valve replacement surgery went very well. The very difficult work of recovery has begun. So far he is stable in ICU. Please keep praying. All day I've had this chorus going through my mind: "Christ alone, Cornerstone. Weak made strong in the Savior's love. Through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all."