Eliza went into the ICU around midday. Toward dinnertime they tried taking her tube out, but she wasn’t breathing well enough on her own, so it’s back in and they’ll try again tomorrow or Thursday. She’s sedated and resting with good vital signs.
The worst thing today was not being able to stay overnight with her in the ICU. We had to leave at 9:30 and will go back first thing in the morning (before they want us there, I bet). That was one of the lowest moments of this whole thing, honestly.
She’s out cold; she’ll never know we’re not there. But as Melissa said, the reason she wants to be there is we want Eliza to have an advocate. So we trust Jesus to be her Advocate even when we can’t. Yesterday I read the promise in John 14 that he will send his Spirit to be our Comforter, our Counselor, our Advocate. Please pray that we’ll remember that promise tonight, and that Eliza will have deep rest uninterrupted by alarms or complications.
Interesting things from today:
- When the head surgeon came out to tell us the surgery was almost finished, he brought his camera. And showed us pictures. Of her liver. And the tumor. He didn’t ask if we wanted to see them or if we were squeamish. As it happens, we’re not, and we did. So that’s good.
- This was our doctor’s 60th hepatoblastoma operation. His first on an American child. Another doctor told us he is one of the world experts on this type of tumor. People come from all over Central Europe to have this surgery at this hospital.
- When I posted on Facebook that they had taken E to surgery, within minutes we had replies from people praying right then in Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia, and Australia.
We are so happy that the surgery went according to plan. Seeing Eliza in the ICU is a reminder that the harder part, a slow recovery, has just begun. There were some hard moments tonight, but this was a good day and a big step. Pray that God will give us strength for each new day, and for our sleep tonight. Thank you all.
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.