Mom and I watched a movie last night with Clark Gable and an opera singer called San Francisco. Although her opera singing was not the favorite of my ears, the story was decent and talked about the great earthquake and fire of San Francisco and faith and all sorts of interesting historical stuff. It was much better than watching the cartoons, news and newborn channel on the hospital television.
So they’ve taken off the lefthand iv and took out the righthand iv this morning. They removed the staples from the central line in my neck yesterday so the only things left to do to get me out of here is take the bandage off of my neck and remove the drip. Definitely gives new thought to the phrase “brain drain.” Other than that I’m doing pretty well. I have to admit now that I wasn’t so sure that I was going to wake up as me. I know that they didn’t say anything about me not being myself when I woke up but with the whole brain thing I was concerned that I was going to just be here but not really be here. But I am here! My head hurts of course – duh! but my real slightly silly brain is here and for that I am truly, truly thankful! If I could do a little jig I probably would (I think of Papa Mac my grandfather dancing down the aisle singing Lord of the Dance with his two leg prostheses).
It’s been sad watching the news here with the floods and I can’t imagine what those families are going through. Many prayers for each of them and all of the days, weeks, and years ahead. I keep saying surreally that I just had brain surgery, but I certainly didn’t wake up in the middle of the night with water all around and losing my family. May God’s peace, strength, and presence surround these people in ways that they can’t even comprehend.
It’s amazing to me the strength of the human spirit and that push to keep going whether to the frontier of San Francisco, that beautiful 16 year old girl wanting to get back out and travel again in her sailboat or in watching this World Cup action and the exhilaration and electricity that come from people uniting in a common theme and cause! We’ll see what the doctors say in the days and weeks to come. As Mike told y’all, the doctor got all of the tumor except one line that was where it was fuzzy and close to the motor cortex. They’ll either wait and see, do some chemo and radiation or will go back in and do another surgery. Either way looks like I won’t be making it to Nicaragua in August but I know the students will have a blast!
I’m tired and I’m definitely not back to normal, but it feels good to know that I’ll get to see my kids soon and that life is going on as usual for now. Josh is leading a Bible Study at Annual Conference right now so Mom and I have been praying for him. He and Dad will travel back this way this afternoon. Caleb was with us the morning of the surgery and GiGi has been sending us updated picture messages on the phone of the kids. Mike will be doing the music at St. John’s – Fort Mill this morning. Renee, Guyeth and Rob visited yesterday and they were each a blessing! Prayers for Lindsay, my cousin and Guyeth and Rob’s daughter who got t-boned by a car full of 5 guys last night in New Orleans. Even though it flipped, her Explorer just seemd to have one dent which is a blessing but I know she’s going to be sore and shaken up so prayers for peace, relaxed muscles, and rest.
So life goes on and just like those people in the crazy movie San Francisco – it may not all be pretty and it may be a fight, but it is life and we serve and know and trust the One who goes before us and beside us and ever with us each step of the way. Praise be to God!
This is the link I wanted to post for you on Friday – it’s a song from Amy Grant’s new record – “Overnight” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cPYk6qB4Q0
I also wanted to share with you Michael W. Smith’s “Healing Rain.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo1bjTOFbZA