Archive for April 17, 2007


i cannot imagine a smoother day.  surgery took just a few hours and finished early.  our neurosurgeon said everything went just as it should.  mike is in the ICU tonight.  he is very sleepy but wakes up in pain every other hour and is given some morphine.  i have been so surprised at his alertness and responsiveness.  i expected a setback but he answered questions about the source of pain.  and then fell back asleep easily with the medication.  he is expected to be in the hospital for 3 days.  visitors are welcome–i am not sure he will stay in the ICU or get bumped to a stepdown unit.  visitors can ask at the info desk.  every moment today has been in God’s hands… tomorrow too!  amen!

April 17, 2007 at 11:48 pm 13 comments

almost 4/17/07

it is almost literally the big day– about 5 minutes to midnight.  i had to leave mike downstairs moaning/crying because we had exhausted every possibility for relief and we will start early tomorrow getting dressed and ready for a 7 am Ride DuPage pace bus pickup (thank God for that underfunded glorious program).  so i am hiding out from his pain and hoping that where human effort has failed supernatural relief will kick in.  during a hard night last night i prayed with him for a focus not on the pain, not on the wind and the waves, but only on the Savior, the author and perfector of our faith.  i encouraged him to hold onto the Lord to get through till surgery tomorrow and then to welcome some sedatives–

so surgery at 10 am.  i assume everything will be wonderful and i will be able to give an update saying so tomorrow night.  the weekend was a blur with friends helping move mike into our family room along with all furnishings from his room and tearing up the carpet tonight so that we can have the new wood floors installed in these 3 days he is in the hospital.  today we were blessed by a delegation of prayerers (?) from Living Springs, the church i grew up in which hosted the benefit concert last month with sarah vandrunen.  mike was surrounded with people lifting him up before the Lord for healing and wholeness.  as they loaded back into the church van to drive the hour home i asked mike what he thought.  i am never sure how he may answer with such an open-ended question.  and he had not spoken really while they were there.  but he said clearly, “i thought that was awesome”.   so i am glad tonight that despite the pain, he feels as blessed, as surrounded, as i do.  God is so good.  thanks so much to so many who continue to show us how good.

April 17, 2007 at 12:08 am 8 comments


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