day 1: a very good day

rick posting for sonya. At 5:50am this morning we met Roger and Gay in the lobby of the hotel. We hugged and prayed. We were alone in the lobby, and the moment brief, but it brimmed with anticipation. For the Scotts this was day they had dreamt of for over a year, a day that might give them the hope of growing old together. We were newbies in this dream, somehow brought along by the tender workings of God.

We strolled side by side into NW hospital in the dark, needing special passes because the building was “after hours.” Now, 15 hours later, it is after hours again. But it has been a very good day.

Gay is at the other end of ICU. All of her liver function signs look good. Tomorrow morning they will do an ultrasound to see if they can see the liver working properly. Pray for that test; it is important. But all looks good now. Bless her heart; she is beat.

I sit by Sonya’s bed as she dozes. She, too, is tired, partly due to the surgery trauma. But I’m sure the anesthesia recovery is hard, and her body is working non-stop to try to rebuild the missing liver. They made her sit up in a chair, which she did well. Now she so wants to return to the bed but the nurses aren’t exactly jumping to her rescue. Sweet Sonya needs to sleep and sleep and sleep. Tomorrow we should move to a regular hospital room and jettison some of those gnarly tubes, especially the one going down her throat.

It’s quiet after hours in the ICU. The drone of a few machines is interrupted by the staccato chirps of others. There is no hustle and bustle, just the steady breathing of very tired patients.

It’s hard to imagine how the day could have gone much better. Would you thank God with us for this good day? Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

And will you pray for the challenges of tomorrow? Though much has gone well, both are in the ICU, and there are very real dangers ahead. We’ll know more after tests tomorrow.

We so appreciate you!

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15 thoughts on “day 1: a very good day

  1. Rick…you have a great way with words…thanks so much for sharing what the Lord is doing. It is a blessing. Continued prayers from the Bentleys…

  2. We praise God for your good day and will continue to lift you all up in prayer. Thank you for taking time to post an update.

  3. What an incredible blessing! Rick, I never knew your writing talent but it just so describes the late night unit. S just had to rush in to cards PICU- and J is enroute to hosp on O’ahu (prayers accepted) so your message really hit home with the DEEP peace that is there with you. Observing THAT peace is actually a major reason for S coming faith in God 10 years ago- the reaction of believing parents in his case-just know that being there in the spirit and in the Spirit, as you are- you are ministering to the entire staff from volunteers to senior Transplant Chief. You are blessing Sonya, who has blessed someone physically and spiritually, but you are both or all four!, also an incredible witness, to us and to everyone there. May God Bless you both richly as well as the recipient and her husband. Salim’s Dad was a heart surgeon @ Children’s of NW so we know it well, but not so much the adult hospital. Much love to you all and many prayers for physical and spiritual blessings and strength for all! Love from the Idrisses

  4. Rick and Sonya,

    We are happy to hear this day one report and continue to pray for Sonya and Gay’s recovery. We are reminded of the Psalmist’s words:

    Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
    As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.
    Psalm 125:1-2

    With love and prayers,
    Jack and Diane Parker

  5. It’s an honor to join you all in thanking the Lord for the blessings of yesterday, and to continue praying for the hours and days ahead.

  6. About 8:30 PM last night Joe and I had a spat. I decided to go to bed! But I couldn’t leave my computer until I had the update from Sonya and Gay. My heart was not right, but God melted it with your words and His workings. I praised Him, not only for the great report, but for the examples He has so graciously brought across our paths – you two! You continue to be in our prayers for healing and protection.

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