Last week I briefly shared that my sweet father-in-law under went pretty extensive bypass surgery, and because his heart was already so damaged, there have been some pretty serious issues arise. Out of respect for my family's privacy, I haven't shared much about this, but today, I beg you to continue to remember us in your prayers. His body is finally starting the recovery process, and we are beyond thankful for every little bit of progress. We've seen incredible differences in the past couple of days. He's making great strides, but we know he still has a long road ahead of him.
It's been a long week, especially for my mother-in-law, and she could also use her prayers. This has been a pretty emotionally exhausting week for her. As a pastor's wife, she's sat in those same waiting rooms with plenty of friends & church members, but this was the first time that she's sat in that particular chair. She knew that even though this was pretty routine surgery that it was still the surgery of her husband...her true love! She's a fixer, and this week has tested her ability to rest in God's promises. She's been a rock though, trusting when it's been most difficult!
His children also have had a pretty emotionally draining week. The constant worry about their parents has been exhausting, and they also have families to worry about day-to-day. They have been fully supportive & often neglected their own physical needs. They've went without rest this week, and yet they never complain.
Their precious grandbabies have also not known what's going on, but they know it's not good. None of the kids have been able to visit their Popow, & honestly we had to have a real moment of parenting last week as we discussed whether we let them see him in that condition. Thankfully we have awesome friends that have been huge sources of knowledge and soundboards for us through this. These babies don't and can't possibly understand everything, so I ask that you pray for their 4 sweet grandbabies as Popow recovers & plans change.
We can never thank you enough for all your prayers this far, and we know that we still need more prayers! He has a pretty long road before he will be fully back, but we are laying it all in God's hands.
Specific Prayer Requests:
Aside from the actual bypass surgery, his body has been lacking the nourishment that it needs, but he physically couldn't have the feeding tube necessary. He now has the feeding tube, so pray that his body continues to respond to the nourishment & medication. Pray that he continues to get stronger and stronger each day.
Earlier in the week, he experienced some pretty dramatic delirium due to ammonia & medication, but he's finally awaking from that. Pray that his mind continues to heal. He's been under pretty heavy sedation for a long while, so this is expected. We need, however, for his mind to start getting clear & focused.
We are all tired in different ways, but somehow God keeps refreshing us. Pray that we can start resting physically & mentally, so we can best meet his needs.
Friends, thank you so much! We are so grateful for your prayers & God's goodness!