Monday, September 24, 2007

Surgery results update

"God always does what he says, and is gracious in everything he does [...] God's there, listening for all who pray, for all who pray and mean it." Psalm 145:13,18

"O my soul bless God. From head to toe, I'll bless his holy name! O my soul bless God, don't forget a single blessing!" Psalm 103:1-2

Hurray! Jan is back!

The operation was a success! We didn't get a chance to talk to the surgeon, but his report through his colleagues was positive. The operation lasted about 3 hours and Jan was kept in the recuperation room for another 4.5 hours. Jan was awake when they moved her to the Intensive Care Unit at around 5pm today. She spoke to Mom and I as soon as she saw us. She was a bit dopey, but was able to manage a smile and also to give the nurse some instructions about the pain medication she prefers! 20 minutes after her arrival to the unit and she was already making sure everyone knew she was there...

She is looking beautiful! They shaved the front half of her head (about 2 inches above the hairline) and left the back half untouched, so she looks like a distinguished Chinese scholar from an ancient dynasty. She has a large patch covering the front half of her head, tubes and wires connect her to oxygen, an electronic monitor and an IV solution. We talked a few minutes and then left. She was tired and wanted to sleep. Sleep is the best medication for someone in recuperation. I think I am in recuperation as well because I am feeling quite sleepy.

She will remain in Intensive Care overnight, and probably, she will be transferred to a general ward tomorrow or the day after.

Thank you for your prayers and for strengthening our faith. We have learnt so much from this whole thing. In the months ahead we hope to have the time to share it with all of you. For now, join us in praising the Almighty! He has been good to Jan and me.


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