Thursday, May 3

Little Signs, Big Hope

Your first thoughts may be "signs, signs, everywhere are signs, do this don't do that, can't you see the si-gns"??  I guess that is exactly what I'm talking about, only not in song. As a woman, sometimes my 'gut' feeling or intuition is a sign.  Other times things just jump out at you. 

Wednesday, the five of us were sitting in the waiting room.... waiting for our pager to buzz us a "sign" / message that surgery had started......when over the intercom in the hospital is a daily prayer. THREE times the prayer talks about GOLD. Did you remember that the doctors placed GOLD seeds around his vertebrae ? Beth, Ginny and I looked at each other and mouthed 'gold'?! A Sign!! Like a hug from God. 

Earlier, before surgery started, as one of the assistants was walking out of Gene's holding room, he said "He's the Master" ~ referring to Dr. Dickman.  Well, I say Give us the Master!!! (a verbal sign)

The night before surgery some of us were with Gene at bedtime and had a prayer together. During this prayer we heard a couple of very loud horn honks outside ..... maybe an encouraging noise.... then, just before the prayer finished my cell phone went off with the Alabama fight song ring tone!!! We got some 'signs' from noises!!! 

The first meeting we had with Dr. D last month, started with simple formalities of "Hello, I'm xxxxx". The next thing we hear is "my son is so excited to be going to The University of Alabama as a walk-on Offensive lineman". Okay now.... we were in Phoenix Arizona. And we get a doctor that will be cheering for our beloved University of Alabama???? S-I- G- N  Roll Tide!. 

We have been blessed to have the best doctor available to us for this particular surgery (after all, he did invent this less invasive procedure & teaches it) ~ Yes, we had the master. And with our Master above to look over us.... our Faith is in place. The sign of the cross hangs from my neck. 

Wednesday, May 2

Counting Down the hours.... 10,

I cannot believe Gene's surgery is only 10 hours away. Only 8 hrs. until we arrive at the hospital. Maybe that is why he is already sound asleep. Surgery itself can take as long as 5 hrs.+. Our prayers today have been for Gene to wake up without the pain from the herniations.... though we know there will be pain from the incisions, etc.. It is time for some relief.

Speaking of prayers... wow... what a fabulous circle of family, friends, acquaintance's and obviously people we don't even know ~ since some of you put Gene on your prayer lists!!! We feel so blessed. Thank you, thank you.  While we have all the confidance in Dr. Dickman and his staff, we know that God has a plan for each of us in this life. My personal prayer will be for that plan to include my precious husband for many many more years to come. 

The last two days have been busier than we expected .... trips to the hospital of the pre-op stuff.  Monday was an assembly line of people coming to us with papers to sign, explaining different aspects of the procedure, co-pays, and even an internist assigned to Gene. Today, Tuesday, was a procedure to place gold seeds at the desired locations of the herniated discs so that Dr. Dickman will have markers to see the vertebrae better. After sleeping off the local anesthesia and zofran, we arrived back to the hotel just in time to visit with our support team from home, as they arrived from the airport. 

To those that want to send messages to Gene, just send him a text or e-mail ~ one of us will read them to him when he is awake enough to hear them.  We may not be able to answer specific questions, but check Facebook and those that read the blog.... well, you lucky people get ALL the gab!!! 

So, off to bed.... so many thoughts running through my brain... 

Blessings to you.