Janet Sack writes Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 8 am:
Do you believe in miracles? Would you recognize one? Nearly 24 hours ago, as I neared Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, the Lord promised me I would see a miracle that day and with my limited earthly vision I defined what that miracle would look like. Bruce was in surgery for 6 hours as the doctor worked to repair a fistula. It was encouraging news as the doctor showed us the repair work he was able to complete yesterday. Yes, David, Emily & Elizabeth actual saw images of their father’s brain – confirmation for them that it exists! The surgeon never promised complete repair in one surgery but was hoping that he could restore blood flow into his brain to see some improvement. I admit, it was somewhat discouraging to hear his report that 100% repair wasn’t complete (that was my definition of a miracle), that he didn’t expect a noticeable change in his vision, and that he couldn’t promise he would see immediate relief to his other symptoms that have caused him to feel so miserable for so long. For those that know him, know he hasn’t been the fun-loving husband, father, son, brother, friend, pastor for months, years. As they moved him from the OR to ICU for recovery with a glimmer in his eyes, he smiled and gave his family and visitors a thumbs up.
As David and I were taken back to see him, he gave us a big smile and said, “We have so much to talk about, but first….I need food!” He spent time visiting with his kids, eating dinner and talking non-stop! It was if he had to catch up with all of us for lost time! Praise God, he could tell a difference in how he felt, he felt less pressure on his eyes, he had no headache, and he recognized and remembered the friends who came to sit with us throughout the day. Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! So maybe my “miracle” of 100% complete surgery wasn’t what the Lord had in store for Monday, but I truly believe a miracle has been performed and that we will see an amazing change / reduction in Bruce’s symptoms as the post-op healing process begins. As we spoke again to the surgeon last night, he shared with us how it was “amazing” and from his perspective a miracle that Bruce didn’t die from the spinal tap procedure on Thursday morning, how he had such limited amounts of bleeding in his brain prior to this week, and that he had 3 very distinct issues going on inside his head.
As I checked in with the nursing staff this morning, cautious that maybe some of the changes were due to all the drugs he had received, they had this response to share from Bruce, “My wife is not going to believe this!”
I can’t wait to see him this morning, because I do believe! I believe that I did see a miracle occur yesterday. I believe that God has led us, protected us and watched over us in ways we may never comprehend in order to declare them a miracle in a rambling Facebook post! I believe that the prayers that have been lifted up from our mighty prayer warriors have given us the reason to Praise our Lord and Savior for his mighty healing hand on Bruce. I believe that our family and friends will continue to lift up healing prayers on Bruce’s behalf and this his physical healing will continue today, tomorrow and in the days ahead!