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the hunts in prague

Go time.


Eliza (and Melissa) will go into the hospital 10am Monday. Her surgery will be sometime Tuesday morning. We expect it to be early, close to 8 am– they go in order of weight, since all the patients can’t eat that morning, so Eliza is usually toward the top of the list.

We had a great talk with Graham, our surgeon friend in Charlotte, a few nights ago. He was very helpful in explaining exactly what’s likely to happen, so we’ll be better educated before meeting with our surgeons Monday. And everything we’ve learned from other medical friends has been encouraging and helped calm our nerves.

But it’s still major surgery. We know all the tubes and caths and lines they’ll put into E will be doing good work, but it will be scary to see her like that. She’ll be completely out for a day or two, and that’s especially scary for Melissa. Her body will be opened up and vulnerable, and that’s especially scary for Jake.

We’re dreading the recovery period, with lots of hospital days and our family not all being together. We expect short tempers and exhaustion from the boys and from us. We’re grateful to have Grandma & Grampa (Nash) here, and for friends and teammates who are ready to help. We’re ready for it all to be over. But soon it will be.

Today we went on a family hike. The last time we took this same route was the day after E was diagnosed. Our heads were spinning, we hadn’t decided whether to do treatment here or in the States, and we had no idea what the next months– or the rest of our life– looked like. We have gotten almost all good news since then, and we believe that in a few weeks we’ll take that hike again, with a little girl who’s cancer free. A conqueror, because of the power of God and the prayers of his people.

There are two prayer signups set up by sweet friends to make sure we’re being deliberately prayed for through the day of the operation. Pick either one– it might be easy to use this one if you’re in North or South America and this one if you’re in Europe/Africa/Asia/Australia. The time difference means it’s easy for people in the States and similar time zones to handle the night shift for us. Pretty cool how that works.

Thank you as always for praying. We are needy and grateful.

I waited patiently for the LORD;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the LORD.
(Psalm 40:1-3)

9 thoughts on “Go time.

  1. I am with you! Jsem s vámi!

  2. We think of you and pray for you! Knowing Motol 5C very well as our daughter spent there several months 3 years ago. Now she is cancer free, thanks Lord. My husband goes there almost every week as a volunteer so he will try to contact you. If there is anything we could do (besides prayers) please let us know. Klara Dadova (Cirkev bratrska Prague 13)

    • Thank you Klara– I met your husband this evening, it was so SO kind for him to seek me out. So glad to hear of your daughter’s health, praying we will join the circle if survivors soon as well. Thanks again 🙂 Melissa

  3. Though the prayer time slots are filled, praise the Lord, know that others are also lifting you all up and seeking God to wrap His loving and healing hands around Eliza and the whole family. Psalm 121–“I will lift my eyes to hills, from where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord…”

  4. Praying for God’s guidance with the surgeon’s hands and a smooth and successful surgery. Praying also for peace for your family and the assurance that God is in control, and that Eliza will come through beautifully and have no memories from this trauma and no reactions from the anesthesia. Sometimes children and babies cry a lot after anesthesia that isn’t related to pain…just a reaction from the anesthesia that is common in children. I know the language barrier is a struggle there sometimes, so I just wanted to share that with you just in case. I fell so blessed to have been able to meet your family and help pray for Eliza through this period of y’alls life!

  5. Pingback: Reminder: surgery Tuesday | Blue Sky

  6. Prayers of God’s blessing on all of you!

    “We thank Thee that Thy church, unsleeping,
    While earth rolls onward into light,
    Through all the world her watch is keeping,
    And rests not now by day or night.

    As o’er each continent and island
    The dawn leads on another day,
    The voice of prayer is never silent,
    Nor dies the strain of praise away”

  7. Praying for you, Hunt family! Much love to all of you! The Cole family

  8. Prayers coming from S. Sudan. And lots of love – can’t wait to hear about that hike.

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