As I am sure many of you know when you have spent all day in such anxious anticipation as we did yesterday, sleep usually comes quite easily when you finally lay your head on a pillow. Seeing Mike after surgery was so difficult because he was in such excrutiating pain. After several hours of being with him and watching the doctors and nurses administer pain medicine to no relief, Hannah and I were finally able to rub his back and lull him to sleep. (Don't think it was our magic touch, it was the pain medicines finally kicking in.) We decided to come home so we, too could get some much needed sleep. I put the phone number of the ICU on my bedside table and was going to try to get some sleep until the very early morning. Much to my surprise at 2:30 the phone rang... It was Mike. Obviously the pain medication had finally kicked in. Mike sounded as high as a kite, but he sure wasn't feeling the kind of pain he had earlier experienced. He was so talkative, and I had been in such a deep sleep that I questioned him over and over as to who it was I was talking to! He wanted to make sure I was getting some sleep, that I would stay in bed until I woke up and then, he wanted me to sleep even more. He talked on and on and on and I think the nurse may have finally given him the sign that he needed to get off the phone so I could actually go back to sleep. Hannah and I obviously had a good chuckle to hear Mike so dang talkative and funny at 2:30 in the morning... Mike would NEVER call someone in the middle of the night. This may be the new Mike! Obviously I am awake now and hoping that in the next hour or so I will feel sleepy enough to go back to bed. Another small miracle...the pain is controlled now. I am thinking of giving Mike one of your phone numbers so he can "chat" with you tomorrow night :)
We certainly didn't get the news we had hoped for yesterday...We are gearing up for radiation and chemo and are hoping beyond hope that the cancer that may still exist in Mike's body will be killed. Yesterday the news seemed bleak... The dawning of a new day makes everything seem a little easier. We feel your prayers and support. The fight is just beginning... but with God all things are possible.