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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

a few words

A while ago it was mentioned that my daughter would be undergoing brain surgery. There have been amazing advances lately and the operation was done through the sinus cavity with minimal visible impact. (Modern technology has completely transformed this type of surgery.) She is home and well. We do not yet have an exact diagnosis for her condition so I will not describe it, but it can be handled through ongoing treatment and monitoring.

Her condition is rare and unpredictable so the surgery was stressful. Equipment and staff were brought in from another hospital to provide broader expertise. At one point the two lead surgeons and the rest of the team, about 7 surgeons altogether, stepped back from the table for an hour, to debate, and come to a consensus, before progressing further. There was only one objective in mind, to safeguard her well-being. We are grateful to God for their ability to collaborate and consult at every step of the way. Throughout her hospital stay, we were witness to ongoing cross-checking as several teams of specialists reviewed her treatment.

She was in a Catholic hospital and we were reassured daily by supportive pastoral staff. On a lighter note, the security guard offered a random act of kindness. I had put down my pocket Greek NT some time during the 14 hour wait and I was looking for it later in the lost and found, unfortunately it wasn't there. However, the security guard asked me what I was looking for and when I mentioned it, he said, "I am Greek, I will bring you a Greek Bible from home tomorrow."

Update: The pile of books at the side of my daughter's bed are classifed as 'read already' so her personality, vision and intellect are intact. She joined us at the dinner table tonight so all else is in order! One change for now is that I step into her room and say "Don't pick that up off the floor. I will do it!"

If you wonder how I have time to follow the comment threads, I am sure you will understand when I say that I have become an insomniac.


At Tue Jul 04, 10:15:00 PM, Blogger anonymous said...

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At Wed Jul 05, 05:15:00 AM, Blogger Joe said...

We continue to pray for your daughters recovery. God bless!

At Wed Jul 05, 07:08:00 AM, Blogger David Ker said...

Bless you and your daughter, Suzanne! My prayers are with you. Thanks for sharing these good results.

At Wed Jul 05, 07:57:00 AM, Blogger Gordon Tisher said...

My prayers for a complete recovery.

At Wed Jul 05, 10:13:00 AM, Blogger Rebecca Stark said...

Ahhhh....I'm happy things are going well for your daughter, and I pray you can catch up on your sleep soon. How old is your daughter?

At Thu Jul 06, 03:38:00 AM, Blogger Glennsp said...

Arrgh Suzanne, something at last that we can agree on. I pray that your daughter recovers quickly and completely. I ask God to restore her to full health and to heal her completely.
I pray that you will find peace so that you can sleep and be restored yourself.
I am a parent and I have a daughter (and two sons) and I can empathise to some degree with your anguish.
God bless, uphold and keep you through this trying time.

At Thu Jul 06, 10:48:00 PM, Blogger Suzanne McCarthy said...

Thanks for your prayers.

At Fri Jul 21, 10:46:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Unless you've been the patient, you will never know the blessing it is to get to come home. Just your presence is a blessing to her; she probably won't realize how much she appreciates it until she is able to look back on it in a few years, but she does.

At Fri Sep 15, 01:05:00 PM, Blogger Mathew Sims said...

I'll certainly keep your daughter in my prayers.

Soli Deo Gloria


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