Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I witnessed a miracle!

I know, I know all about the HIPPA laws, patient privacy act and all that, but I have to shout it from the roof tops. My best and dearest friend of 45 years, Sheila, who lives outside Boston, had brain surgery last week.

Her mental and physical condition had been rapidly declining; her speech was slurred and her short term memory was nearly non-existent. She fell frequently, and although her husband wanted her at home, one of her doctors was pushing for a skilled nursing facility.

Twenty plus years ago she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. She finally went into remission, but as a result she lost most of her short term memory. She began having seizures, so they put her on restricted fluids, and that broke my heart. As the years went by she got progressivley worse, and I didn't think she'd be with us much longer, as this summer she took to her bed and became weak.

A brain surgeon suggested at her annual appointment that her balance may improve if they put a shunt into her brain to divert fluid to her stomach. BUT, chances for improvement were 50/50. Prognosis was uncertain; success in days, months or perhaps up to five years, or not at all. There were no guarantees that she would even survive the surgery. She said she wanted it.

I worry-prayed all day of the scheduled surgery. Then I received an email from her husband: doctor called out on emergency. Surgery cancelled and rescheduled. Another week of pray, beg, worry.

A week after her surgery, I telephoned. Her voice was vibrant; she was alert, made sense. She told me about her new great-grandson, and we did something we haven't done in years, we laughed and laughed together.

It is a miracle. I am so relieved. I have been sending her a card or letter a week for years and years, talking about old times, because her long term memory is intact, I usually wrote about our days as neighbors in Alaska when our husbands were soldiers.

Her mobility is still impaired, she stumbles, but is getting stronger. Best of all, she came out of anesthesia sooner than expected and she began talking coherently, and she hasn't stopped since. I am so relieved, thankful and happy.  Praise God and the surgeons.

15 comments:

thisisme said...

Oh praise the Lord indeed. How wonderful to read this news about your friend. Miracles can still happen! I pray that your friend will now be able to enjoy life once more.

Sioux's Page said...

Linda--Hopefully, that spurs you onto writing--full speed ahead--and finishing your memoir, which is chock-full of delightfully funny and poignant and almost-unbelievable vignettes .

Do it for Sheila.

K9friend said...

I'm so glad you posted this. I've been wondering how your friend was doing. So glad to hear how things have improved. God is good!

Pat
Critter Alley

Lynn said...

I'm so happy for you and your friend.

Val said...

That's fantastic news! Glad things are working out for your friend, and that you two have your connection again.

Bookie said...

So glad for you and your friend...am on the road so can't say more here and now.

Alice said...

It's so wonderful when a sad situation takes a happy turn. Hope your friend continues to make up for lost time.

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

I'm happy for you both. I'm an hour from Boston. If you ever wanted something special delivered or, Oh I don't know, someone to dress up in a crazy costume and make a visit, I would do that for you. Keep it in the back of your mind in case you think of the perfect thing you just can't do through the mail.

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

Hallelujah!
Our God is still in the miracle business! What wonderful news, thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

Hi Linda...SO HAPPY for your friend. Praise the Lord for He is good. Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Rejoicing with you and your friend!

Blessings,
Susan :)

Janet, said...

That is wonderful! I am so happy for your friend.

Mary Horner said...

Wonderful story, thanks for sharing some good news!

Debora said...

This is such a great story! I'm glad for your friend, and encouraged on another level...our pastor's wife, a young woman in her 40s has had brain surgery for a malignant tumor, chemo, and radiation. Last time I saw her she looked pretty awful. But I keep saying to myself, she can still make it. Your story gives me hope.

Daisy said...

Oh my! Such wonderful news! Thank you for sharing this story.