Okay, I'd better make this quick since I need to get a good night sleep tonight in my own bed!
Neal is still in ICU, but feeling better. They removed lots of tubes and lines today, and they turned down his pacemaker so that it wasn't running so "roughly." (it made his stomach jerk up and down and his chest looked like his heart was going to beat right out of it...very disconcerting!) His oxygen level is still low, so he is still on oxygen. He is still using the external pacemaker. We are still praying for both of those items to be corrected!
We had an interesting talk with his surgeon today. He told us he had never operated on an aorta as large as Neal's. He compared it to John Ritter's situation, and if you are familiar with him you know that he died from his heart issue before they had a chance to operate. Again, another praise that the Lord allowed us to find out before it was too late! He told us he has another story to tell us, but will wait for another time. He said it will make a great story at the Thanksgiving table. When he told us that I couldn't help but reflect on the moment yesterday when I felt pressed to pray. I don't mean a light need. I felt we had to pray NOW! I told my friends and then I told Gary Lawhorne who then got everybody's attention. We all joined hands in the middle of the waiting room (there were probably 25 or more of us) and those who felt led to pray took turns praying. This was between 11 and 11:30 during the time when they had his heart stopped and were working on his Aorta/valve. We're really curious, but the doctor didn't want to talk about it quite yet. Hmmmm....
Tomorrow I'll go to a caregivers meeting. I guess they'll take that time to tell us what to expect once we get home and what we will need to do. I'm glad they have a program like this.
When I left Neal this evening he told me in a very slurred voice that he was ready for bed! He got up and walked today! I can't believe how quickly they get you moving after major surgery these days! He did really well...got a little nauseous, but did well. I took pictures. :o) I'll leave with one picture of the man you're praying for: