Hello to all my friends,
Here is a girly version of the story that is unfolding in my life. I love how Dave writes so beautifully. Mine will not have such great sentence structure.
As stated previously my regular MRI was at 10 am on 11/3/06 and was read immediately by Dr. Forget my neurosurgeon. I was able to speak to him personally. He stated that there is a 4cm in diameter "growth" with water on my brain. It doesn't look as if it is growing on the actual skull . . .(whatever that means). He was quite sure this is not an infection. -- Praise for that or this would be MORE urgent!
OK as you know, surgery this Tuesday at noon with a stealth MRI first which will "grid" "GPS my brain" for lack of better terms. At 4:10 is the actual surgery to remove all growth. It will be determined in the days following what this growth is.
NOTES TO PONDER:
Wow! It has been such a whirlwind. Yes I am scared but, God's handprint is SO evident. When I received the call from the neurosurgeons office Friday afternoon stating the actual time of the surgery . . . I cried and was astounded. 4:10! That is a significant number for Dave & I. He kissed me for the first time at 4:10 in the afternoon. Yes God does care about the special details of our individual lives. He cares for ME. I knew that that phone call from the office was a definite confirmation that Tuesday is the "game day". I am gettin' in the game mode.
Many of you have expressed an interest in tangle helps ie: 3pm carpool, meals, school lunches for our children, grocery shopping, housecleaning, etc. Hopefully in this blog will be able to give the contact people who are organizing such things for us. Yes! We will take the help. Dave and I are organizing this weekend in how to have cash set aside for the volunteers in an envelope to allow them to make the runs to the store.
I do ask that godly men surround Dave during this time. He is such a wonderful man. So precious to me. Please be with him in ICU during the recovery - listen, mentor, encourage him, etc.
As for the actual homefront - It was a difficult & emotional day for our oldest son (8) Friday morning. He cried at breakfast then retreated to his bed to hide under his covers to pour out his tears. Please pray that God would give us the wisdom & words to affirm his feelings. It was precious that he wanted to look up a promise verse in the Bible with me. Something to claim for him. He said"Mom since I have been reading through the book of Daniel lets look there". He also said "I know we will find something in John." That brought inexpressable joy to my heart. We cried together for some time. I wouldn't trade that moment for anything!
As for our second oldest (6), he is his daddy made over. He is somewhat of an introvert. Pray that he will be able to process with the Lords help what this all means. His hugs have meant the world to me. He will just spur of the moment come over and squeeze me. Love it!
TANGIBLE PRAYER REQUESTS AT THIS TIME:
(of course pray as the Lord leads as well)
1. I am homozygeous for the MTHFR gene. Which in short means I am prone to blood clotting. I will be given a blood thinner after the surgery.
2. Dave, my husband - everything that you can think of
3. Our children
4. Please pray by name our neurosurgeon, Dr. Forget (say it with a french accent) It is not the english version - forget - what I will be doing after surgery. : )
5. The frontal lobe is a "good" place to operate on. It only will affect less than 5% of my memory & personality. Pray it doesn't do any. But if it does that is fine. Dave could use a less flambouyant wife at times! : )
I will post more details about the actual surgery later. For now the older boys are awake and hungry for their breakfast. We have 2 soccer games today at 9:15. Yeah! go Snodgrass boys!
Much love and concern - Kate