I spent the day surrounded by 3 of our children and the Pastor (and his family) from Burkett. I was on the phone with the oldest daughter several times during the day. The hospital Chaplain (a lady!) visited with us in the AM in pre-op. She prayed with us and visited for quite a while.
Ernie was in surgery by 11:45AM. 5 hours on the table later, the surgeon came out to tell us everything had gone exceptionally well and he was quite pleased with the outcome. God is good. HE promises never to forsake us and every day, we’re reminded of HIS love for us through HIS promises. HE is to be praised for all HE’s done in our lives! Glory to God!
While we were sitting in the waiting room this afternoon, the Chaplain came around again to visit with Stacie, Laura and me. She had brought Ernie a beautiful hand knit Prayer Shawl from the ladies group at one of the local churches. It’s browns/tans and a really soft knit. Cuddly! We talked about Prayer Shawls and how they’re made in prayer, and meant to cover the recipient in prayer. I will carry it in for Ernie tomorrow when he’s moved to a room. The outpouring of love and care from strangers and friends alike has been overwhelming.
Now, we’re praying for a safe recovery. Think we’ll be in Dallas for another 7-10 days. Ernie was in major pain when I left the hospital tonight, but they were giving him pain pills to supplement the morphine and he was pretty groggy and hopefully, will be able to drift off into a peaceful, painfree sleep. I hated to leave him, but I need to stretch out flat for awhile. Having major hip/back issues that sitting and standing are aggrevating greatly.
Stacie has stayed with me tonight to ferry me around. We took a room at St Paul’s guest house in Dallas. Pretty nice facililty and close to the hospital. My only complaint is the lack of places to eat after 6PM. We finally found a Denny’s, but there isn’t much else around the hospital/university. That strikes me as so odd…,most times, there a tons of fast food places around hospitals. Looks like a business opportunity to me!
Off to bed tonight. Please keep us in your prayers. Say a special prayer of Thanks for the many blessings our Lord has provided…both in our lives and those of your loved ones. Just a reminder to live each day as if it’s your last…as one never knows what tomorrow holds. Tell those you love how much you appreciate and love them.
Thank you to all who have kept our family in your thoughts and prayers. We love you.
Susan ~ Patchkat