UPDATE: I want to thank everyone for keeping my father-in-law in your prayers. The surgery was scheduled for 6:00pm Tuesday evening. We expected the surgery to last about 3 hours. After 1 hour and 20 minutes they were finished. No problems at all. The doctors said he had good muscle tissue, and he was able to get everything taken care of without a hitch. He should be healed up in about 3 weeks and will go to rehab. Steve said when he was wheeled into his room, he recognized them and knew where he was and was talking. I was not surprised....God took care of his problems. Plain and simple.
The nurse assigned to him told my husband the first thing he asked her when he woke up was, "Are you alive?" Interesting..... She explained when someone goes through something of that nature that is very common for them to ask the nurses if they (the nurses) are alive....because if the nurses are alive, then that means they are too. I thought that was interesting. I feel sure I would have asked if I was alive first.....dang the nurse!! Hey, I'm just keeping it real here! That is me!!
Please keep Jim in your prayers during the next few weeks, I am sure this will be no easy thing to recover from. Pray that God will direct and guide his heart to be cooperative and determined to do what he needs to do. I know the fight has just begun.
Thanks to all my friends and family who I knew I could depend on during this time of need.
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I know I said I was not going to post until Thursday of this week, that I was taking the week off, but I could not help myself. For those of you who know me personally, you know this request is highly unusual. I am not very good at asking for help, I tend to carry everything myself, deal with it, accept things as they are and try an move on. That is just how we roll around here, and I did not even tell Steve I was going to put this on my blog. I did not know myself that I was going to do it until now. Due to the nature of my concern, I have a request from all of my friends.
My father-in-law is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday afternoon. Due to poor circulation and complications he is going to have to let them remove his left leg below the knee. He is not in real good health. He had triple bypass surgery in 2005 and his health has slowly declined over the past couple of years.
The doctors have assured the family his blood is good and he should heal. He will have to go to rehab for several weeks and depending on "him" and "his" attitude and determination he will be able to walk again with an artificial limb. I am worried. If his recovery depends on those things alone, he does not have it in him (in my opinion) to do what he needs to do.
Please pray for Jim, my father-in-law on Tuesday that all goes well, no problems and complications from the surgery. Pray God puts a fighting spirit in his heart and a determination to get stronger and be able to walk. Please ask God to take away the fear and give him a peaceful spirit. My father-in-law is a very independent person and I know he is feeling that this is the end of his independence. It just does not have to be.
I know with God's help, he can change this man's outlook and he will walk again. Please pray for peace for my husband Steve, this is hard on him and he holds his fear and worry inside. I know that God can make the impossible happen. That I believe.