He's going home tomorrow! Wahoo!!!
They will be removing the pacemaker tomorrow. The top of the heart and the bottom of the heart are not communicating but they are both working. We'll give it a little time and see if they start talking to each other. ;o) If not, then the doctor will want to put in a permanent pacemaker. We're fine with this. It's not the same as before when the bottom of his heart wouldn't function at all without it. Now it's not life and death, but more of quality of function. We're very thankful for the prayers for his heart to start beating. It worked! Now we'll pray that the two parts will start working together. As I understand this is not too uncommon.
Another blessing we had is that he was never transferred to a regular floor. We liked him having such good care on the ICU unit. I went up to the floor where he was supposed to go and saw that a lot of people had contact precautions posted on their doors. I was not excited about him being in close contact with so many infections and such. Thank you, Lord!
Our first week or two at home will be a healing time for Neal and our family. This has been pretty difficult on the kids, and we're going to take this time to restore our family. After a week or two, then we'll start accepting some visits and phone calls. In the meantime, I'll continue to blog updates every day or two and keep you all posted. It has been wonderful having this outlet, and source of communication!
Thank you all for every prayer and good wish you have sent our way! We love you!!!
Neal's friend Mike mentioned Romans 5:1-5 to us. Neal and I read them in his room earlier and they were wonderful, comforting verses. I don't have my Bible with me or I'd type them out, but if you get a chance read them. God's Word is such a source of comfort! Thanks, Mike!