Thursday, July 17, 2008

July 17 - Operation Successful

It is 8:00 AM on Thursday - Praise God - the operation was successful, and Butch is in the Transplant ICU for now - the only place they could put him at 10:30 last night. He was still under when I left him, so I haven't spoken to him - but - he is starting his recovery. The Doctor took 3/4 quarters of his stomach, and had to reconstruct the portal vein, among other things - took from 9:30 yesterday morning until after 9:30 last night. There was a spot on the left side also - so he cut that out (hence the other 1/4). They told me they gave him 8 quarts of blood.

I am going over to the hospital soon - will write more tonight. It turns out that this Family House does not have access to the internet for guests, except on a computer they have set up for the purpose, so I am writing on that computer. I suppose I could take the laptop to the hospital, but - stupid shoulder might act up, - so - yuck. Couldn't call on my cell phone from inside the hospital either - so - I am technically frustrated!

Yesterday, just about the point where I was most afraid they would call off the operation (after about the 1 1/2 hour mark where it happened at Mayo) - I looked up and saw Pastor Bob Witherow coming toward me! Mike Cogswell told him we would be here, and he drove over from Ohio to see us. He truly was a messenger from God! he stayed a while and kept me company, and I felt SO much better - thank you Bob and Mike.

All of our thoughts and prayers were heard, and now we need to pray for Butch's safe and speedy recovery.


Anonymous said...

Praise God the surgery is over. They took 3/4 of his stomach or his liver? You're in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Sharan

Anonymous said...

Praise God for answered prayer! Such good news for a change. We'll all continue to pray for a quick recovery. Don't forget to take care of yourself so you'll be ready to help Butch recuperate when you go home.
Love, Loma

robert said...

God is good That must have been great seeing Bob walk in we will keep praying all goes well must have been a good feeling knowing it was over the surgery after the mayo thing we love you guys tell Butch hi for us
Love robert and kristina

Sharan said...

Glad the surgery is over; hope Butch is getting the rest he needs for a speedy recovery. Please give him our love; you're both in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Sharan

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