Sunday, April 08, 2007

Surgery at High Noon!

Dad holding Elena Grace, his first and only GREAT-grandbaby!
(She lives in Paraguay now)

What a weekend! Saturday, Shane, Agustin and I went to eat at a little Mexican restaurant in a small town nearby. The food was good, but not what we had expected after reading great reviews and hearing so many brag to us about it. It was fun though learning about a surrounding town up the road from us.

We then made the obligated journey to mecca! (Wal-Mart). Agustin was debating whether to go with me or not. Shane piped in: "I wanna go. You know, when I hear the word Wal-Mart, I get all warm and fuzzy inside!" What a funny little boy!

I was glad Agustin went. I was pooped, feeling weak, and hurting really bad. I don't think I could have loaded and unloaded that stuff so many times by myself! Have you all ever counted how many times you must handle an item you purchase before you ever get it to it's proper place? Too many!

We got it all put away. Since so much time this week has been spent in the hospital and on the phone, I didn't get the ironing done. So Agustin ironed his pretty Lilac dress shirt for today. He had to work, but I told him it would be nice to wear a Spring color. I finished putting things away and had to wash a new shirt we had bought for Shane. After doing a few more things around the house, I ironed Shane's new shirt and touched up his dress pants. We decorated cookies this year instead of eggs. I'll show pictures later. After getting Shane to bed and reading a couple chapters from his bedtime book, I fell into my bed! I really didn't sleep well due to extreme pain in my shoulders. I was up at 6:30 a.m. to see Agustin off to work and to start getting ready for our long day.

Josh drove up and went to church with Shane and I. It was nice being together for such a special Sunday. We then went to Olive Garden for lunch with the Leonard family. Then home to pack overnight bags, as I wanted to stay in Tampa tonight so getting to the hospital plenty early Monday morning wouldn't be an issue. After Agustin got off work, around 4:30, he came and picked us up for a visit to the hospital to see dad. We brought supper for mom from Olive Garden and dad had asked for garlic bread sticks! Said he was actually craving them!

Dad was in great spirits. He looked so good sitting up in the recliner reading his Bible. Mom was laying on the couch reading something as well. We had a nice visit and hid plastic Easter eggs around dad's room for Shane to find! Quite an unusual Easter for us, but fun none the less.

It bothers me that dad looked so good today and actually felt well; but tomorrow will be another story. I remember how swollen and thirsty and weak and drugged he was after his first open heart surgery. I remember thinking, when I walked into the recovery room eight years ago, how that man lying there didn't even look like my daddy! I can hardly bear thinking that, tomorrow, after being sliced open, my dad will have a "chest spreader" used on him to break his chest open. He will also have his right leg opened as the surgeon needs to retrieve an artery from there. Then the long recuperation process that follows. Not fun! Then of course, there is the concern we have for mom as she will be the major caregiver to dad for these crucial next six weeks.

We know dad is in the hands of His Almighty Father and he isn't concerned at all. He knows that his personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ has reserved him a home in Heaven. Your prayers today are greatly appreciated! I'll post an update as soon as I can.


Susan said...

Still praying for your dad, Pam! My dad is still healthy, praise the Lord, but as I read your account of your dad's first surgery and how you felt when you saw him, I imagined my dad in that position and felt just a tiny bit like you must feel now. Hang in there!


Pam, I just stopped by to check on your Dad. I have been and will continue to pray for him and your mom and all of you tomorrow during the surgery. It is strange some times the things God uses to bring glory to Himself. You Dad sounds like he is just fine. He know where he is and where he is going. I will pray for your mom that her strength will hold up during this time. May you pain be lessened so you are able to do the things you can for them. God bless you all. connie from Texas

Kim said...

Good morning. Don't know if you will check this before the surgery, but wanted to let everyone know we are praying all goes well today. Wisdom for the surgeons, strength for the family and healing for Pastor. Will call later tonight for an update.
Enjoyed lunch yesterday!

Jackie said...

Praying for you all, and especially Grandpa. Sorry we cant be there to help in some way.
Tell Shane he and I have the same feelings about Wal-Mart!

Pat said...

What a great post....
I know the lord is strengthening you---hope this needed rain does not deem you hard to operate!!
I know you know God has all in His hands, and I am sure your Dad feels the same!!
We are and will be praying for all of you this day!!

SHANE: You are one fun guy!! WE will take you to SUPER WALMART one day!!

Julie Fink said...

I will pray for your father today and in the next few days to come.

Abouna said...

Your Dad is still in my prayers.

Let me bring a smile to your face. This should make you feel even more warm and fuzzy when ever you head to Wal-Mart (My favorite store):

A mother on her death bed, told her children, "When I die, I want to be cremated and my ashes sprinkled over Wal-Mart." Her children asked; "Why over Wal-Mart mama?" The mother answered saying: "Because then I will know that you will visit me at least once a week."

Janie said...

Praying for him!

Lyndy said...

Praying for your family and your dad especially today.

Hugs, Lyndy

Mishel said...

Praying for your precious daddy today--and for all of you. ((hugs))

Anonymous said...

He's obese and sure looks like a boozer - I think he brought on his heart disease himself - such are the wages of sin.

Proverbs 23:20-21 warns us, "Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags."

Proverbs 28:7 declares, "He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father."

Proverbs 23:2 proclaims, "put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony."

I pray he changes his ways - what an awful example for other parishioners - shameful, really.

Your in Christ


Jungle Mom said...

Dear Anonymous (Luke);

I have no idea who you are and I am so sorry you are such a sad creature. You do not know my father who is a Godly man that has not touched alcohol since his youth. He has recently lost 50 pounds which is a constant battle for him due to severe arthritis which causes a lot of pain when exercising and yet he forces himself to walk daily.

I will follow the Biblical command, as my father would wish, and pray for you to come to repentance for your hateful, critical, unscriptural, and inhumane attitude. May you never suffer heart disease and if you do , I trust your children will be spared having to read such a hateful comment about their father when they are deeply concerned for their fathers recovery.
I find your terrible attitude to be a reproach on the name of Christ!
God forgive you!
My father has rosacia and for this reason has the redness which you take to be a sign of alcohol consumption.
You are cruel!!!!!

Yekwana Man said...

Hey Luke,
You seem to know a lot of verses about gluttony and booze. I am glad you study the Bible and I hope you continue to study the Bible more. Although you already seem to have "all knowledge". One can never learn enough Bible. In fact, here is a verse I would recommend that you read, contemplate and memorize. Then put it into action in your life.

I Corinthians 13:2
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and ALL KNOWLEDGE; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I AM NOTHING.

So that is God's opinion of you. I agree! I always try to agree with God. Today I don't even have to work at it.
God Bless!

Julie's Jewels said...

I cannot believe the gall of some people. Here your family is facing a serious situation with your daddy going into heart surgery. I'm telling you what...the judgment hand of God may fall on Luke and if/when it does he best pray for mercy. I've never heard of such cruelty in my life. I pray that he find the love of Christ and invite Him into his heart and life. That is his only chance for everlasting life that he obviously knows nothing about. May God have mercy on him and deal with his heart and extend that priceless gift of salvation his way...and when He does....may He see Christ in His loveliness and accept Him into his life.

I'm sorry that this person had to find his way to your site and leave such a hurtful comment. God allowed it so that we could be a witness to him if nothing else. Who knows what might come out of this being done. Love you Sis!!

Baptist Girl said...


How cruel...
Matthew 12 For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart

enough said.

Pam said...

Thank you dear friends!