The photos you'll see are those I planned to share as markers that Curt was making progress in the physical battle - last bag of IV food, critical care supplies and machines with dust covers. They were going to let you know that he would probably leave the ICU soon.
Instead Curt was moved out of the ICU last night. If he hadn't sent me a text I wouldn't have known.
A Czech friend came with me this morning to the appointment we had requested with the surgeon.
We were pleased to discover that Curt's new room in the post-surgical ward is right down the hall from his surgeon's office. He'll be seen twice a day by Dr. Hladik who is a peach of a man.
I started by telling him that God brought us to Prague. God brought us to Motol Hospital. God gave him to us as Curt's doctor. Thank you for saving my husband's life.
Dr. Hladik answered all of our questions in wonderful English, needing to ask our friend for a word only once.
He is pleased with Curt's progress so far and confident about his recovery.
When asked when Curt might come home he said that without complications it is usually 10 to 14 days after surgery for something so major. That means we've got at least another 5 days to go.
Please pray that God will prevent any secondary issues from happening, such as adhesions or infections or anything. Thank you.
At this point Curt has no IV lines, can get up and walk by himself, sits at a table to take his 'meals' - mashed potatoes, yogurt, bullion, bananas, fish, peaches, . . . And his body seems to be processing it all the way it should. He is receiving pain medication by injection. I'm allowed to visit him whenever I want though they said mornings until about 11 are rather busy. I'm really rejoicing in that last bit!
Today added a few things to my already substantial list.
In the midst of all the positive news, I'm beginning to consider the changes we'll need to make around the house to accommodate Curt's needs when he comes home - diet, grocery shopping, furniture changes, medications, and anything else I'm forgetting.
In addition, since Curt's been gone for nearly a week various errands and responsibilities he handled are mounting. He's always been really wonderful about taking the roles of provider, protector, priest very seriously. Now there's a gap and I'm thinking I may be standing in the need of prayer right beside him.
I've been eating three meals a day and getting as much rest as I can - by napping if my nights are short. I've cut back to only the essential tasks, such as writing deadlines. Nevertheless I can feel myself getting a bit 'thin'.
The next couple of days I have several activities to fill my mornings so I won't get to the hospital until after lunch. The way Curt's improving it's probably just as well since it will give him more time to just rest and recover. However, I won't know how he really is until I see him so that will be a strain.
Please pray that God will meet my needs as well as he's meeting Curt's. Hmmmm Maybe just ask him to continue to remind me of how well He knows us and is caring for us right where we are. Thank you.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will - to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment - to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. Ephesians 1:3-10