Disclaimer: This is not Jamie typing this post. So, please lower any expectations you have for funny and sweet and perfect when you read this. This is a combined effort from the waiting room but we wanted to update you on how the day and surgery has gone because you have been so faithful in your encouragement and prayers. The day started like any other by dropping off all three boys for exams. Unlike any other day, Jamie took a short mid-morning nap. Staying up all night packing for the hospital will do that to a person. True to her Texas roots, Jamie had her hair done and looked runway ready when we left for the hospital. Another upside? The good news is awaiting surgery takes away any desire to eat, so full day fasting was not a problem.
On the way to the hospital, Jamie’s phone randomly started playing “I Surrender All” which is exactly what we all needed to hear. We love it when God picks the playlist.
The first person Jamie saw when we entered the hospital was Angela and that brought the tears. And the smiles. And more tears. Once again, Jennifer is never far from anyone’s minds or hearts and being back at Baylor brings a flood of emotion. Jamie’s entourage of her parents, sisters, Kim, Amy, Courtney, Miller and Ginger, Casey, Stephanie, Jayne, and Hite all went back two by two ala Noah’s Ark to pray with Jamie before surgery. The nurse was less than amused.
After many tears and hugs, we all reluctantly left Jamie waiting to be wheeled back into surgery. And then the waiting began. And we’re not sure time has ever moved more agonizingly slowly. But, the surgical nurse was great about updating Trevor and here are the highlights.
The surgery started at 3:45 p.m, and we got the first report at 6:00 p.m. that Dr, Grant, the surgical oncologist, was finished with his part and everything went well. Dr. Potter, the plastic surgeon, began his part and we were told it would be one and a half more hours.
One thing that has been so evident is how amazingly thoughtful Jamie’s friends are and we also got to find out how sweet Ashley’s are too by being our personal Favor and bringing dinner. Thank you, Kimberly Alexander and Amy Campbell!
As hard as it was for Mom to leave her daughter at the hospital, she was so helpful with holding down the fort and taking care of the boys after school, juggling tutors, dinner and Hunter not feeling well. He told her cake would make him feel better and we’re pretty sure she fell for that.
Dr. Potter came out at 8 p.m. and told us that her tissue was healthy and everything looked very promising. Chris and Meredith Messick showed up for one last round of hugs and now we are counting the minutes until we get to go see her and share the happy news that all went well. We’re hoping Jamie will be able to go home Thursday and maybe even late Wednesday night if her pain is being managed. But, that is the advantage of being married to an anesthesiologist.
We have no idea what her recovery will look like, but the doctor has cautioned us that the first few days are tough. We will let you know when she feels up to having company.
This has truly been a day oF surrender and blessings. As Jamie always says, make every day count!
” The Lord will fight for you (Jamie) and you only have to be still. ” Exodus 14:14