Dear Praying Friends,
Before I begin, please accept my apologies to you who have written with concern for not having heard from me since July 10. To be very honest, since Jerry came home from rehab on July 12, I have not had any extra time in which to write. That may sound like an excuse, but it is the truth. I have a new sympathy for caregivers since I became one! I sincerely thank you for praying, even though you have not had any new information given.
A few minutes ago we were called about the date for Jerry’s second surgery – the aneurysm repair that could not be done with the first surgery for renal by-pass. It will be WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30– ARRIVAL TIME AT HOSPITAL, 6:30 AM. I am asking for fervent prayer again for my beloved, and for his surgeon, Dr. Dexter. Many people have told us what an excellent doctor he is, and we believe it, but he still needs the skill of the LORD! Dr. Dexter has seemed to take a special interest in Jerry, for which I am thankful. This will still be an approximately 4 hour surgery, but it will not be as hard on his body as the first one, we are told. They anticipate a 2-3 day stay in the hospital, and assured me that he would be gotten up and walked around very quickly. Jerry is understandably rather apprehensive about the anesthesia, having gone through such a tortuous time already. The month of June and some of July are lost to him, for all he remembers are the dreadful nightmares (daymares too!) that he experienced. We have also been told that the anesthesiologist will be fully aware of the previous trouble and not use the same medication. Please ask the Lord to mercifully spare him such awful trauma again.
It was only yesterday that we went to Dr. Dexter’s office. They did an ultrasound and found the renal by-pass to be “beautiful” with wonderful blood flow. The chest x-ray showed only a very small amount of fluid in his lungs on one side and just a trace on the other, clearing him for the surgery. His feet look the best today that they have looked for over two months, so I would say the swelling is a thing of the past – until more fluid is pumped into him August 30!
We have had home visits from a nurse, once a week, – physical therapist, and an occupational therapist, twice a week since July 13. The nurse just discharged him from her duties today, and the OT will discharge him this week also, but the PT will continue through next week. His mobility is good, but his stamina is weak. He is anemic, so the hematologist has ordered two infusions of mineral iron which he will have done Thursday, but not again until after the upcoming surgery.
Every day is very trying, as I must keep up with all of Jerry’s needs, day and night, plus the business of the mission, and the upkeep of our home – which has suffered the most, I’m afraid. The Lord has enabled in an amazing way, however.
By the grace of God, I will inform you as soon as I can of how the surgery goes, but it may not be that I will get home until late that evening. I only use email on our computer – no smart phone, no Face book!
THANK YOU for the time you spend on our behalf before the throne of GOD!!!
In His love and grace,