Friday, July 6, 2012

Good Report

Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, 
younger men as brothers.
1 Timothy 5:1

Many of my regular readers know that both my aunt and uncle are having cancer challenges. After learning about these challenges, I made my way north to visit them, though they live in different towns. I wrote about my uncle's situation here and about part of my journey to see him here.

My uncle's surgery took place today. Though the surgery was fraught with dangers due to his advanced age and ill health, he apparently came through it with flying colours. He is now recuperating in ICU for several days. The doctor even said he may be released early as he is doing much better than expected though I am hoping they will keep him long enough to rest and make sure he is strong.

We were also told that my uncle would have to wear a colostomy bag but praise to God, it appears the doctor was able to perform the surgery so as to avoid this result.  This means my uncle gets to remain in the place he calls home, rather than be moved permanently to the hospital where they have a floor for seniors who need medical care. Since the colon has to be sewn back together after removing the cancer, we continue to pray for a good healing of the wounds and no leakage or infection.

I can't tell you how overjoyed the family is!  I want to thank everyone who prayed for my uncle.  My aunt too is doing fine though the doctors are keeping a watch over her. In her case, both sides of her breast areas were causing alarm. But after a few tests the doctor doesn't feel it is a return of cancer and he is keeping an eye on things.  I've known this since I visited with her in May but I don't think I reported it here in case you were praying, and wondering.

I hope you all have a pleasant weekend. I know I will.

UPDATE JULY 16, 2012

After doing well initially, my uncle had a setback. It seems that putting the intestines back together did not work. Since his first surgery my uncle had to have emergency surgery on Thursday. Then on Sunday he was operated on again and given a colostomy bag but he did not regain consciousness. He passed into glory today at 5:35 p.m. PST. His mortal body will be laid to reset sometime this weekend. His immortal body has been welcomed into Heaven.


Sr Crystal Mary Lindsey said...

Praise God, I am so happy for them and for you. God is so good. I also love that scripture verse you included above... We are to respect everyone, especially those older than us. Unfortunately many of the younger generation don't do this.
My children have never talked back to me or made me feel stupid. I have watched this and its not good. xx

Denise said...

Praising God with you my friend, love you.

Jan said...

I am very pleased to hear that both your Aunt and Uncle are doing ok again and especially that your Uncle is to be allowed to return home. That is wonderful news. I will keep them in my thoughts as your Uncle recovers and hope that they continue to remain well.

Jo said...

Praise God for His understanding methods, Penny. I know how much this means to you and your uncle's closer family members to know that he remains in this happy place. Blessings Jo

Lonicera said...

What a good outcome - hope things continue to improve. Have a peaceful weekend Penny.

Brenda Green said...

Dear friend,
Praise God, God truly answers prayer!!!!! I will be keeping him and your aunt also in my prayers.
love me

BlueShell said...

Indeed- Goog news! I am glad to know about your uncle and aunt.
Let me tell you:
July 2010 - we found my husband had intestine cancer.He was 49 years old. He had quimo, Radiotherapy and February 2011 surgery! he has to wear a colostomy bag because the cancer was too close to anus and there was no other way. It was very traumatic...but today he is at home and he deals good with the bag. I am thankful every day...every night...and I pray, several times a day, to Thank God for such blessings! So...I'll pray for both your uncle and aunt too. God is Love, and He'll provide...

Hug you
Isabel, aka BlueShell

Diane said...

What great news. I agree, I hope the hospital keeps him in a while to make sure he does not try to do too much. Our thoughts are with you and the family and hope that all continues to go well. Diane

Andrea said...

CA is really wrecking havoc around the world. I have friends who just recently went to transition. My male cousin who's my playmate when young is now already almost a year carrying his colostomy bag. My other cousin's oldest son who is just 15yrs old is also having lung cancer. It is stressful for families, but we just let things be, just pray and be positive. God bless with your missions, and thanks for visiting my blogsite.

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful post, Penny! He who watches over you and your family never slumbers nor sleeps.

Joyful said...

Amen. God never slumbers or sleeps and no matter what happens we know He is the one in control. Blessings. xx

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