11.01.2012

Thankful Thursday

It's been a long time since I've done a "Thankful Thursday", but I have much to be thankful for today, so I thought it was appropriate. This week, I am thankful for...

  • My Dad's surgery went very well. As I write this Wednesday evening, he is resting at the hospital, having kicked me, The Man, my brother, and my stepmom out so we could get some rest as well. (We were all at the hospital at 6:00am.)
  • The pulmonary specialist who was recruited by WVU and is my dad's surgeon. This man is awesome. He specializes in robotic surgery and that was the original plan for my Dad's surgery (to remove the bottom lobe of his left lung). But, after he had loosed the lobe and was preparing to remove it, he noticed that my Dad's veins weren't in the right place/going the right direction (I'm a little fuzzy on these details, the point is: something wasn't right). He didn't want to risk cutting one of the veins or blood vessels when removing the lung robotically, so they decided to do an incision and use traditional surgery methods. This decision most likely saved my dad from losing his entire left lung.
  • That even though it was definitely cancer (of some sort, most likely melanoma from 4 years ago returning), the surgeon said "it's all gone and out of there. end of story." Which means, recovery from surgery is all we are looking at - no chemo and no radiation. So very grateful for this.
  • A good relationship with my stepmom. Yes, we've had our bumps over the years, but we are very close and a big hug and exchanged "I love yous" at the end of the day are good for my soul.
  • Modern technology - I was able to keep my other brother (the one who lives in Texas), up to date on my Dad's progress and allow him to feel as "in the loop" as possible. He will be in town next week and I know a big hug from my dad will do his soul some good.
  • My family's sense of humor.
  • All of your prayers, text messages, comments, emails, everything. To know we were all surrounded in prayer meant so much to me all day.
  • A bit off the topic of my dad's surgery, but for safety for my family during Frankenstorm Sandy. None of us ever lost power and all made it through safely.
  • Finally, for the mountains to the east of us that buffered our town from the damage and blizzards so much of WV experienced.

What are you thankful for this week?
 

14 comments:

  1. So glad to hear he did well! Continuing to pray for a fast and full recovery.

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  2. I'm adding your dad to my class' list of prayer intentions!

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  3. So glad surgery went well and that you have so many things to be thankful for this week!

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  4. Praise! So glad that the surgery went well, may his recovery as well.
    Giving thanks for all your blessings!

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  5. Glad to hear your dad is doing well... was thinking about you.

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  6. I'm so glad everything went well!

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  7. I'm glad everything went well. I hope your dad has a good recovery!

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  8. Thinking of you and your dad...hugs always help.

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  9. Praise God everything went well!

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  10. Praise God that things went so well! Continuing to keep your family in prayers as he recovers.

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  11. First of all, I am glad to see this back! ::hint hint::

    Secondly, I am very glad that things went well with your dad's surgery!

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  12. I'm so glad for your dad's successful surgery! What a relief to you all - especially that the right doctor knew what to do!!! I will continue to pray for his recovery.

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  13. Oh, thank goodness! I've been wondering about how Sandy was affecting you guys. Also, what wonderful news to know that the cancer is gone. Praise God!

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