Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Good News

It's been a long day-- got on the road to get back to the hospital literally 5 minutes before freezing rain drove 4 trucks off 67 into the ditch and closed the road for a couple of hours. At 7, Nell was in the ready room, and we had a chance to pray together. Neither Nell nor Martha had slept much.
5 pastors came by, and the General Presbyter prayed with me as we waited the 4 1/2 hours the surgery took after 1 hour of preparation. About 1:45, Dr. Sacco came out, gave us Nell's hair that they had had to shave, and put the most amazing photograph in front of us. "It all went well," he said. "Here's what we did..." and with a picture of Nell's brain opened up, he showed us the intricate stitching and path that he had taken the artery on as he had sewed it into her brain.
After one gets over the shock and awe of looking at the picture, the reality of the artistry of this surgery overwhelmed me.
Nell was moving all her limbs, and when we got to see her about an hour later, she was talking and doing well. Her first questions were to make sure that Martha had eaten breakfast and she had slept in the waiting room. At least she ate breakfast!
So many nurses and doctors took such good care of us. Nell is sleeping in ICU, having already drunk some apple juice. She is in some pain from the head clamp she had to wear, and from her neck. But all is well. All we need to do now is make it through the next 24 hours without complications, and we are well on the way to recovery.
Praise God for your prayers, and for the wonderful way Christ has held us in the palm of His hand. Praise God for David Sacco, who has found his calling, a high calling, and exercises it with such compassion and precision. Praise God for the piece of Belgian lace that he tatted into the wonder of God's blessing to us: Nell's mind.


  1. Wonderful news Clay. We celebrate with you and give thanks for good doctors and nursing staff and modern technology.
    Want you to know that we contacted WPOS radio this morning and they prayed for Nell right before her surgery, so add those countless prayers from prayer warriors all over the listening area to the many, many others.
    Trusting in the goodness of God.

  2. praise God for His mercy. We are all praying. May you all know His peace in the coming days.

  3. Praise our Lord. I'll be keeping you and Nell in my prayers as she recovers

  4. I'm very thankful to God for this news! Perseverance is FOR the saints, WITH the saints, as much as it ever is OF the saints.

    Merry Christmas!