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.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Surgery at High Noon!
(She lives in Paraguay now)