Wednesday, June 18, 2008

From Mike's PICU Room

Praise the Lord!! Mike's surgery went even better than we hoped!! Of course, the Lord does all things well and does above all that we ask or think.

He went in around 8:00 a.m. yesterday, the first incision was made around 9:15, and surgery ended around 5:45 p.m. First off, we praise God for such wonderful family and friends who love us enough to call, visit, and pray. Our pastor was with us almost the entire time!! We cannot express how much that means to us.

I wish I could share with you all the before and after x-rays. It is absolutely amazing!! He isn't out of bed, yet, but I will take pics in the next day or so and post them so you can see the difference in our son. His shoulders are much more even, his curve is less than when first diagnosed. I was not expecting any change even though the doctor said they'd do what they could. I was just looking for them to STOP the curve. Again, the Lord does more than we ask!

Mike is in and out of sleep. He presses the morphine button as needed. There are times when he needs it more than other times. He's doing so well and complains little. His breathing tube was out by the time they wheeled him into the PICU last night and they did not have him sedated. We kind of wished they had so he would have been able to sleep all night, but that's the Lord's will.

Within the next hour or so, he will most likely get out of bed and into a chair. We'll clean him up a bit and get some hospital jammies on him (for which he will be grateful).

What a blessing it was to be able to let his doctors and nurses know that we were trusting in the Lord yesterday. What a blessing it was to pray with the mother-in-law of the girl who did both of Mike's blood donations as she waited for her husband to get out of emergency triple bypass surgery during our wait for Mike. What a blessing it is to have a white board in this room to write the message "The Lord is my helper" for all to see.

Please pray that we will be used to be a light in this hospital this week. Thank you all so much for your prayers. Because of them, Mike got through surgery safely. Because of you continuing to pray, he'll have a smooth recovery. We praise God for each of you!

"This is the Lord's doing and it is marvellous in our eyes."


Before surgery - completely at peace

About 2 hours after surgery - just arrived in the PICU - his face was swollen as a result of all the fluids given to him and from being on his stomach throughout much of the surgery.
This morning - 8:00 a.m.

16 comments:

elianna said...

WHY am I crying? I am so glad it went as good as it did. I'll certainly be praying for the whole recovery! :)
Ran across that verse about "with the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful" this morning. Your whole family & Mike esp. have always had such a merciful tender caring spirit when it comes to those who are sick or in the hospital...and I believe God has blessed that! :)
Love & prayers...

Ginger said...

he looks great, we have been praying for him and for you!

Anna said...

We will continue to pray for Michael. I hope he recovers quickly. God bless you!

Jenna said...

This almost made me tear up! I am so happy that he is doing well and that it went even better than expected!
He looks so peaceful in the pictures--Praise the Lord!

Felicia said...

What a miracle that the correction turned out so much better than you thought! Such an answer to prayer. I've been wondering how today was going and it sounds like he's doing well. He looks really good in the picture from this morning! I'll keep praying!

Rachel said...

I've been wondering how he did....sounds like God really worked in letting it go even better than expected! We will definitely be praying for a quick recovery for Michael. Tell him we love him!

Stefanie said...

WOW, he looks so wonderful! I second what Elianna said....your merciful, tender, caring spirit to others is coming back to bless you!!!

Jessica said...

I'm so happy everything went better than expected! PTL! We will keep praying for his recovery!

jen said...

I'm so glad the Great Physician was working on Mike yesterday! Glad to hear it went so well.

Mr. Young said...

Praise God! I'm so glad to hear things went better than expected.

the reynolds said...

Praise the Lord that all went so well. He certainly looks good today. Praying for continued improvement and healing!!!

Kathy said...

So glad to hear the good report! I knew it would go well. I am blessed to "rejoice with them that do rejoice" :-)

Anonymous said...

wore his bracelet all day yesterday and prayed for him every time i felt it or saw it. can't wait to see his smiling face in church again. L

Bill and Tina Robinson said...

We have been praying for Michael since he went into the surgery and am so pleased to here tht he is doing well. "Ponder anew what the Almighty can do"!!!! All things are possible with Him.

Sarah P said...

Oh Miss Vicki! I am sooo glad to hear that his surgery went well! My family and I were praying for him :) Hope that he recovers quickly, keep us updated!
Sar

Bill and Tina Robinson said...

Oh he has got to be so sore!! We are continuing our prayers for his pain and recovery and for you and Eric. May you find strength and peace in Him.