Monday, February 21, 2005

Everything's Gonna Be Alright

What you are waiting to hear: The surgery went smoothly, there was no tumor found, one lymph node was sent to pathology, Jim is not on a respirator, he is asleep under the influence of powerful pain medication, and in the care of the lovely Cathy up in ICU.

We had a long, long day but finally are home again after seeing Jim for about 5 minutes. The surgery lasted about 6.5 hours Dr. Parker was pleased with the results. No colon had to be spliced in, though Jim has very little original esophagus left. His mighty mighty lungs resumed breathing on their own. He was in recovery a long time because they ran out of beds in ICU. He was finally brought up about 8:00 p.m. His mom and dad and I saw him briefly and spoke with him. He is speaking, too, which allays one of his fears.

Thanks to you all who held us in your hearts today. We could tell.



Blogger Pat_N said...

Do you believe in miracles? I know this ordeal has strengthened Jim's faith. It has also strengthen ours. It gave us an opportunity to gather together and pray the rosary and for the first time ever, we maintained a prayer chain throughout the night and during his surgery.

We continue to pray for his speedy recovery. God Bless.

8:05 AM  
Blogger jtucker3 said...

Great news, Judy! God bless Jim, you and your family. Can't wait to drink a pint at the pub with you and Jim SOON.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Tom Nicholson said...

What AWESOME news!!! Jim, you are blessed in so many ways! We'll continue to wrap you in prayer and thanksgiving for God's healing powers.

Thanks be to God!

9:21 AM  
Blogger Dorrie said...

Thank you thank you thank you. Thank you God for your wonders. Thank you Judy for the update. Thank you doctors for your skill. Thank you Jim for your strength. We're grateful here in Rockville/Poolesville/Gaitherburg to hear the good news.

9:49 AM  
Blogger UisceBaGirl said...

What beautiful news! (add a billion exclamation points here).

Your family was in my thoughts yesterday from waking through falling asleep, at yoga when we did our final meditation, and throughout the day as I lit a candle to help focus my prayers.

I noticed later that the candle votive holder I had chosen, randomly without thinking about it, had little spirals on it. This spiral is not only part of the UB triskelion 'logo' (if i can call it that) but has significance in ancient Celtic culture as a symbol for "life and the life cycle".

I'll keep the prayers going from here to join with all the rest as Jim continues to recover.

12:30 PM  
Blogger CJ Fillmore said...

Ahh--fabulous! What great news. Not having to splice in extra "esophagus" is going to make recovery go so much more quickly!

And it's great that all those respiratory muscles are functioning so well! Wow--it took my quad muscles 10 days to fire again after a little tiny knee ligament surgery...Judy--tell Jim how impressed we all are with those respiratory muscles of his! (No doubt all that great singing helped...)


1:04 PM  
Blogger vkenny said...

We believe in miracles and the power of prayer, but also in inner strength. Jimmy has shown what can be accomplished when everyone comes together for a common goal.
We will continue to pray for a speedy and complete recovery and that Jimmy will be home very soon.
God is Great!

2:36 PM  

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