And Friday Looms…

Behold another health update with probably more information than y’all want to know, but for those of you who do… here’s the scoop.

My surgery is tomorrow morning at 7:30. I go in at 6:00 for prep. They told me at my pre-op interview that they should be able to use my port, which means no IV’s, which would be wonderful! Please pray that this works out… I would just as soon skip the panic attacks that come with vein searches.

The surgery itself should take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, and I am first on the docket, so I should be on time. Then I’ll be in recovery for a while.

Some of the risk factors? Because this is the second time they’ve had to do surgery on my neck, there is an increased risk of nerve damage and damage to my vocal cords. Believe me, the thought of not being able to sing again terrifies me. So please pray for a steady hand on the part of the surgeon and for protection.

They told me that if I am feeling up to it, they can send me home that night; however, I find it hard to believe that they are slicing my neck open and I’ll feel up to going home! I plan to just keep telling them that my pain level is at an 8 (all you Brian Regan fans are laughing right now) so I can stay.

My wonderful geek hubby will be updating from his iPhone throughout the day tomorrow… on twitter, facebook and the blog. So, if you’re not his or my friend on facebook, you’d better act fast, because, well, you know, I want to be certain we’re all friends.

Full recovery is expected to be 2 1/2 to 3 weeks, and the surgeon told me I should be well enough to travel by Christmas, which is good. We are planning a trip out to St. Louis because my Bethy is due to have her baby on Christmas Day… and I get to be in the delivery room with her if it all works out (y’all can just add that to your prayer lists if you’d like).

As for how I’m doing… well, it comes and goes. I cried most of the day yesterday. Today I am in “to-do list” mode. Last night I was fearful to the point it was almost overwhelming. And I just keep going back to Jesus, sometimes it’s a heavy sigh and a quick prayer. Other times it’s chanting Bible verses over and over. I sing, I cry, I pray, and I cling.

I am humbled that so many of you are sharing in this journey with me. Thank you for your prayers.

13 responses to “And Friday Looms…”

  1. Psalm 77 is encouraging to read. I’ll send you my thoughts on it later tonight. Love you. (and we DO care about the details!!)

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  2. I’ll be praying for you today, tomorrow, and during your recovery period, my sweet friend! May God embrace you during this time!

    Lots of love and prayers,
    Becky

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  3. Praying for you today. Praying for God’s comfort and peace. And praying especially for skillful hands during your surgery tomorrow.

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  4. I have never had any type of major surgery and cannot even to begin what you must be feeling. I do have times of crying out to God and begging for his strength! Praying that God will grant you his strength as you hold close to His promises.

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  5. Reading this nearly takes my breath away. I am praying for you….for peace and comfort, for the surgery to go perfectly, and for rest for you tonight. Love, Kelly 🙂

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  6. My precious Angie,

    He said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Praise be to God, He will be with you and His presence will be evident by your praise of Him.

    May His tender mercies be real to you when you go into this procedure.

    By the way, I am not on Brian’s list for update unless it is by Blog. Please put me on whatever you can so I will know what is transpiring.

    His grace is sufficient for us. May His power be perfected in us while we glory in our weakness.

    In His love we can endure all things, hope all things, and believe all things. May He be pleased to flood us with this great love that is poured in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.

    Grace,
    Judie

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    Christina Rogers

    I will be praying for you. I completely understand panic attacks about vein searches. And that pain scale cracks me up. I would say my pain is a 7.685 just to throw them off. Man, tell us what your pain is on a scale of 1 to 10. Its a 10… OK?!? HA!
    I will pray that you get to rest tonight and that Christ’s presence will give you peace.

    Christina

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    Melissa Bruining Teeter

    Love and prayers and hugs to you, will keep in you prayer tomorrow. . . every moment I think of you I will lift you and your family up to our Abba Father.

    Feel my hug. WISH I could be with you.

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  9. My dear friend and sister,

    May the peace of our great and gracious God be with you tomorrow.

    I was singing to the kids tonight and we prayed for you. We sang the simple song Jesus loves me…and I cried when we sang “we are weak, but He is strong.” Amen. What a simple but prescient truth. Thank you for letting us share in this journey with you. Tell Bri I am praying for him, as well. Your blog and writings encourage me daily and push me closer to our Savior.

    Thank you.

    -Jason

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  10. OH I am praying for you my dear friend…..That Jesus will come to you & wrap you in His peace and care.

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  11. Love you, Angie! I’m praying for you, and I won’t stop thinking about you tomorrow. May the peace of Christ rest in your heart tonight, and all day long tomorrow.

    Blessings,
    Sarah

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  12. Oh, Angie, I’m such a goof…I had no idea it was today… I am praying for you now, that your recovery is smooth, that your vocal cords are as beautiful as ever… That your heart and mind are comforted.

    Thinking of you dear girl!

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  13. Angie and Brian,
    Just found this blog through the Jordan’s Blog. I am so glad I did, so I can be praying for your recovery from surgery yesterday. You will most definitely be in my thoughts and prayers today.
    We love you and are broken over this….

    “I waited patiently for the Lord;
    And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.
    He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
    Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock,
    And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth-
    Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord.
    Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
    Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works
    Which You have done: and Your thougths toward us
    Cannot be recounted to You in order: If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.”
    Psalm 40

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