I just wanted to update you on my brother-in-law, who underwent a lengthy surgical procedure yesterday that could have had several outcomes--and one of them would have been utterly devastating.
Thanks to the prayers of many, many people--and the intercession of St. Therese of Lisieux--he came through the surgery with flying colors. Afterward, his surgeon (a world-renowned specialist for the type of lung cancer my brother-in-law has) told my sister-in-law that things had gone very well. "He looks great," he said. "Go see him." This doctor is a man of few words who wouldn't sugar-coat it if he didn't think things had gone well.
She did go see him, finally--after a worry-filled day that seemed like it would never end. He was in the ICU in a medically-induced coma, hooked up to all kinds of machines; but his color was good, and aside from the wires and tubes, he looked like he was sleeping peacefully.
He will remain in the ICU for a while and his road to recovery will be long and difficult; but we are all feeling very hopeful. He had the best of all the possible outcomes as far as the surgery goes, and this man is a fighter. As a friend told my sister-in-law over the phone yesterday, "He's the strongest man I know."
So, dear readers, if you saw yesterday's post and it inspired you to say a prayer for my brother-in-law, thank you from the bottom of my heart! And my sister-in-law thanks you from hers! Many, many people were storming the heavens for him, and those prayers were what got him through this ordeal. Those prayers, along with a dear heavenly friend after whom his wife is named.
Donna commented on yesterday's post, St. Therese died of tuberculosis, a lung disease; she is a wonderful intercessor for any cause, but it is so fitting that we were asking her to intercede for an illness affecting the lung.)
There was a showering down of roses from Heaven yesterday, that's for sure. And I think we know someone we can thank for that.
Thank you for coming to Boston, St. Therese! And please stick around for a bit, if it's not too much trouble. We're still counting on you.