Let's see where to begin.... we will start with the blessings, no tumors on brain, surgery went well today, hardly any bleeding, no additional paralysis, infection was not as bad as the Doctor thought and Nick was resting well when I left. Let's give God a big old shout out of thankfulness!!!
Now the other stuff.... Nick is in ICU for 1-2days. Dr. Pirris was able to remove some tumor. He will send that to pathology to get a report on weather it is still fast growing or has slowed due to the radiation. I think we know what we are praying for there! That will take about 3-5 business days to get those results. He also took a culture of the infection to see what it is. That will also take a few days. So I will keep you posted. They put in a vac to help with healing. On Friday he will have a procedure to remove the vac and kind of re-check the infection and then the plastic surgeon will use a special technique to close him up. That should take less than an hour.
You asked me to continue to post specific prayer requests. So here is what we need:
The healing to be much quicker than anticipated (then Nick can start Chemo).
No additional infections
That the radiation has started to shrink and kill off the tumor.
These are all so important right now!!
Dr. Pirris said this is it...no more surgeries. Nick's body could not take it. The risk of infection would be to high. He was very confused when he came out of surgery and is still having some issues there. I just spoke to the ICU nurse and hopefully that will get better by tomorrow. He seems to be resting well. I will keep you posted as to when he gets moved to regular room.
Psalm 5:11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
I have consistently felt God's protection through all of this. I know that the Lord is taking care of us everyday. He cares about us and what is going on in our lives. I think we all experience trying times in our lives, maybe through marriage, children, health, finances. But God is there to pull us through those times. He wants us to cling tightly to Him and lay our burdens at his feet. He is like having that wonderful friend that says "I will do anything for you, all you have to do is ask, no conditions, no judgements, just all the love, mercy and grace you need." I always ask!!
God wants to be our provider and our protector. He wants us to seek refuge in Him alone and He wants us to trust Him. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; There is amazing peace and joy that comes when you trust in the Lord to carry you through the storm. Your are freed from worry, grief, guilt, whatever is holding you down, give it up, let it go and let God love you!!
You are all precious gems in the Father's crown. Thank you for continuing to bless us through your mighty prayers and sweet encouragement.