At 3:00pm today the nurse rolled dad through a crowd of over 30 family and friends into surgery. In the moments prior to being admitted Mom, Melissa and Justin stood close holding Dad’s hand and saying “I love you” as frequently as possible. Dr. Sullivan entered the room and answered any final questions we had and Mom asked if she could pray for him. We all held hands and prayed a prayer for Dr. Sullivan of wisdom and guidance.
After the prayer we decided that we needed to establish a “sign” for Dad to use after surgery to indicate success in a nonverbal way. Dad then lifted his hand and gave us a thumbs up as he left for surgery.
Nearly 3.5 hours later Dr. Sullivan emerged delivering the news that the operation had been a success and though the road to victory was not complete – one big hurdle had been accomplished. As we crossed the room to visit Dad in the Intensive Care Unit he caught sight of us and smiled and gave us a double thumb’s up! He recognized all of us and greeted us by name. He is talking in complete sentences and his speech pattern has already improved significantly. What a BLESSING!!!
Words cannot begin to capture our thanks to everyone who has sat with us, prayed with and for us, posted comments on the blog, sent text messages, and called to express their support. Please continue to pray…..we have at least 3-4 more days at Anne Arundel while they monitor his recovery. We also expect to receive more news on the condition of the tumor tomorrow after they have run tests on the biopsy.
We LOVE you all!
Bobby, Elaine, Melissa, Justin, and Rachel