Wednesday, December 4, 2013

More medical updates

  Just a quick post today with no picture, but I want to bring my blog readers up to date. So much has happened it can be overwhelming.
  After the visit to the Vanderbilt specialist, I was scheduled for surgery on Dec 18....a Whipple procedure that would remove the mass in the pancreas as well as the gall bladder, lymph nodes, part of the biliary duct and maybe other pieces. It is a 4-5 hour operation so as part of the pre-op I went to a cardiologist to be sure my heart was up to it. Well.....a heart CT yesterday showed significant arterial blockage, so tomorrow I will have an angiogram and the heart blockages will need to be dealt with before the Whipple surgery can be done.
  In addition to all that excitement, I passed out at home last Saturday evening and spent 2 days in St Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. No fun, but we met so many wonderful doctors, nurses, aides, etc.  Just amazing that we could connect with so many compassionate, believing people in one weekend hospital stay.
  To think that just a few weeks ago I thought I was pretty healthy and I felt great. A doctor visit  less than 1 month ago to check on my early jaundice led to all this, so now we are facing heart surgery as well as cancer surgery. 
  Son-in-law Steve is feeding hay to the cows; 2 round bales every week or 10 days. He and Wendy are also helping with the chickens as needed. Son Dave and Katie brought me 2 books in the hospital which are wonderful: "Jesus Calling" devotions and Max Lucado's "You Will Get Through This". 
  More family, church members, blog readers, old friends and new friends are praying than we can possibly know or count. Thank you all. God is good, all powerful, he knew about all this before I was born and He will see me through.
  I will post with updates as I am able.Stay with me fellow bloggers!

  "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life."   Psalm 143:8 NIV


  1. Of course, we'll stay with you and keep you in our prayers. I'm sure the Max Lucado book will encourage you and then someday you can pass what you learned on to your readers here.

    I hate to hear all of this so much but am grateful for your great family, friends and medical staff who will be there for you.

    With the best of wishes to you and Rita,

  2. Thanks for the update...I was wondering how things were going with you. Will continue to pray for strength and for healing! I'm glad you're surrounded by family, friends and by great medical staff!

  3. Well Ray,
    I know you are in good hands with God, and that he has provided you with a loving family and friends that will help you through all of this.
    We will keep you in our prayers for sure.