Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Thursday: Today Is The Day!

Well, it has been almost two months and even though it is a little bit scary, I am thinking "This is the day! This is the day! That the Lord hath made, that the Lord hath made. We will rejoice! We will rejoice and be glad in it! And be glad in it!" We do not rejoice in the surgery, but we do rejoice in God's working in Jack and Ruth's lives. They both have as much peace as you can have in a situation like this and are trusting God. This is a big thing. Their lives will never be the same after this point. Our prayer is that God will make their lives better!

Jack's surgery will be the second surgery of the day, so it will start around 9-10 AM Pacific Time. He is in Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. Today he had all the testing and dietary counseling. Everyone has been wonderful and caring and helpful. Mom is going to be staying in a hotel across the street and her sister Marilyn will be with her waiting. The surgery will take about 5 hours.

After the surgery, he should go into ICU and then to a regular floor. If all goes well he will be discharged on Tuesday. They will find out biopsy results probably on Monday. The biopsy results will determine whether or not further treatment will be necessary. The first three months after surgery are important for his care, so the surgery is really a beginning.

Please pray for continued peace as Jack, Ruth and family walk through this.
Pray for healing and recovery and no spread of cancer
Pray for Ruth's physical stamina while she is at the hospital and in the coming months as she returns to work and cares for Jack.
Pray for Jack's Mom, Grandma Doris as she waits and is unable to travel to Seattle to see Jack.
Pray for Jack's sister, Aunt Kristine and the others who will help in Jack's after care.

My body is in California, but my heart and mind are in Seattle. We decided it would be better for me to come at a later time, especially since Aunt Kristine is such a good nurse. I would like to thank everyone who is there helping and loving my parents in ways that I cannot from a distance. You are all precious to me and I know they appreciate all that you have been doing and have offered to do. You are God's hands and feet, serving them as Jesus asked us to serve each other. We love and appreciate you.

Please leave messages here on the blog. Mom and Jack read them. There is wifi at the hotel (don't know about hospital), so at least Mom can read them and pass the messages on. This will be a blessing to Jack!

Thank you for praying!!!

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