Here we go again. It’s back to Dell we go.
Surgery #4 is upon us and Scott and I are feeling anxious. Not like all wiggy and short of breath anxious, just…anxious. No class, therapy session or life experience prepares you for handing your child’s life over to a surgeon and the medical team. Nothing.
Trust me, if I could love this one away, I would.
In some ways the build up to this surgery has been easier. We’ve been able to plan a bit, rally the troops so to speak and get things in order before heading back to Dell. But, in some ways it’s harder. We’ve had “THE DATE” on the calendar for so long and we’ve been counting the days until it’s here. For a while, it was ‘that surgery later in the spring.’ Now it’s ‘holy smokes that’s tomorrow.’
We’re ready and incredibly thankful that Luke will have no memory of all of this craziness. That’s the real blessing, isn’t it? Scott and I are adults and we can handle this, but Luke is a sweet, innocent, smiley baby that will never, ever remember this pain.
I do have to share this about our spine surgeon, Dr. George. In a word? Amazing. I always knew that was the case. But, as providence would have it, I first met him as I waited with some friends who had a son undergoing brain surgery. I came home and told Scott what an amazing, compassionate, down-to-earth doctor this man was. Little did I know that four years later, I would be the mom he would be visiting with in the waiting room. Last Thursday, I had my checkup with my spine surgeon. We got to talking about Luke (imagine that!) and his upcoming spine surgery. This is a little of how the conversation went…
Dr. Geck: “Who’s doing Luke’s surgery?”
Me: “Dr. Tim George. We really like him and think he’s pretty great.”
DG: “He is, but I don’t think people really appreciate just how amazing he is. There are some surgeons who are great technically, but have horrible bedside manner. There are some who do great research, but are technically sub-par. But, Tim is the whole package. He’s technically sound, is always on the cutting edge of research and he’s just a great person.”
Me: [tears] “Wow.”
Evidently, God knew I need affirmation from one of my favorite doctors. Boy, when He wants to get your attention, He goes guns blazing. If you have a moment, I ask that you offer some prayers, for some specific people, and in specific ways as we prepare for Luke’s surgery in the morning.
For Luke’s spine surgeon, Dr. Tim George and the entire medical team…that the Lord may guide his hands and alleviate the tension in Luke’s spinal area and that the staff assigned to Luke take special care of him as he recuperates.
For Luke…that his body may heal quickly and that the pain he experiences be minimal. We love him beyond words and we pray he will feel that love tomorrow and throughout his hospital stay.
For all those taking care of our other children…that they may have patience, wisdom to know when mischief is afoot and display a heart full of love as they enjoy “normal” here at the homefront.
For all those taking care of our family…for their generosity and support. We could never do this alone.
For Scott and I…that we may be surrounded in peace and lifted up in prayer.
If you’re wondering how you can help, PRAY! And, if you’re local, we’ve set up a care calendar for meals through next Friday. Just click here and enter security code 8903.
We’ll be tweeting and facebooking tomorrow with updates. I probably won’t get a blog post up until late Wednesday or sometime on Thursday. If you’re not a tweeter or fb’er, you can always log on to the blog and click on “follow my tweets” and read about Luke’s progress.