Thursday, January 17, 2013

Operation: Get Cancer Out


Dad’s surgery was today…  And if I ever need to be reminded what it looks like to be a good friend, I need not look further than our own family and friends.  The thoughtfulness and support that poured forth today was nothing short of humbling.  The texts, calls, messages, emails, and gestures were simply amazing.  I am just awed that so many were praying for us today.  And I can’t begin to tell you how much it meant to us.

Dad’s surgery was two hours shorter than they originally told us, and was back in the recovery room after only four hours.  Once in recovery there was some issues with breathing and high blood pressure, but everything soon stabilized enough to get him upstairs.  He’ll be in the trauma/surgical ward until Saturday or Sunday.

The absolute highlight of today was getting to witness “Loopy Dad” as he went into, and came out of, anesthesia.  Before going into surgery, he told Mom and I that he was counting the horses as they passed him in the canyon.  Most people count sheep to fall asleep, but nope, not my dad.  He counts wild horses.  And coming out of anesthesia, he referred to the nurses as coworkers and kept telling them to move their mail carts.  But the best part was once we were all in his room upstairs, and he woke long enough to say, “First of all, I want to thank you all for coming.” Complete with a pageant wave.  And then fell promptly asleep.  I think he might be in the running for Miss Congeniality.

When we stopped by with the Littles tonight, his sassy, rambunctious self was back and tried conning the night nurse into give him more water and ice chips.  Jon and I were laughing so hard as the nurse gave it right back…  I wish I could be a fly on the wall tonight, especially as Mom and the nurse try to outsmart him. 

All in all, a good, smooth surgery.  We expect results to be back in two weeks, and we’ll know more then.  Thanks again for everything, we’re so blessed by you all!


Ashley said...

I'm glad everything went well! :)

Mommy Mandy said...

So glad he is doing well!! Continuing prayers!

Courtney said...

It was a long, exhausting day but I'm so glad it's over and the prostate is gone! I will breathe much easier once we get those blood results back though.
(And the pageant wave? One of my new favorite memories of dad.)

Peach Daddy said...

Thanks for posting this Jen. Our family was thinking about you all yesterday and sure praying for you all.

We're so glad to hear that Jim had a successful surgery and we'll be praying for great results from the tests.

Amber W said...

So glad that surgery went as smooth as possible!!! Thinking of you guys like crazy!!! xoxoxo

Taylor said...

So glad it went well and he's resting now! Praying the results are positive!

Life With Lauren said...

So glad the surgery went well saying a prayer for your family.

Christine said...

Perfect post to recap the day. Glad it's over!

Becky said...

I love this post! I love that you dad's surgery went well.... I love the support and prayers your family has...I love how God is faithful in everything. :)

Holly said...

He's got my vote for Miss Congeniality ;) Soo glad it went well!!!

Kendra said...

I'm glad that things went easier than expected and that everyone is in high spirits. I'll be praying that the test results are good and that the time waiting for them isn't too harrowing. Praise God!

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