Drugs are great


I will try again – the computer seems to have eaten my post!


Sorry for the delay in updating things here; once Ruth was out of surgery last night, things were very busy, and then we didn’t have access to the internet until this morning.

As soon as he had finished operating (it took about 6 hours), the surgeon rang us to say that he was very pleased with the way everything had gone from his point of view.  We weren’t able to see Ruth for quite a while, as her blood pressure was very low when she got to the Recovery Room, and there was concern about some unexplained bleeding from her kidneys.  However, she is OK, and this seems to be resolving.  She did lose a considerable amount of blood during the surgery, which was not unexpected;  this particular operation involves a lot of gore.  (Sorry if this is too graphic – I am trying to be as polite as possible 🙂  Some of this blood was replaced at the time.  So far she has not had a blood transfusion, but it is quite likely that she will within the next day or two.  As you can imagine, she is very pale and tired, but in good spirits.

Ruth now has about 16 screws, 3 hooks and two straight rods attached to her spine.  We are all looking forward to seeing the Xrays they will take when she is able to stand up in a few days’ time!

She is particularly fond of the “Patient Controlled Analgesia” button, which gives her an instant burst of Morphine any time she presses it.  It makes her smile.  And then she falls asleep for a little while.  She says she “Loves, loves, loves” it.

She had a good night, back in her own room, and slept on and off in between all the frequent interruptions and close observations.  She has been sipping water and sucking on ice blocks, and thanks everybody for them – she is a great girl!

This morning, the physiotherapist came to help her sit up briefly on the side of the bed, which was quite a feat.  She asked Ruth if she would like to sit out on a chair, but was politely declined 🙂  She is coming back this afternoon for another session.

We can’t tell you how much it means to all of us to read your comments, and to know that so many of you are praying for Ruth, asking God to take care of her.  He certainly is.

Despite being tired, pale, sore and attached to lots of equipment, Ruth is her usual, calm, capable self.  She got the laptop organised this morning, through the bedrails, and Skyped her sister Miriam in London.  And then drifted off to sleep again.  Those drugs …


23 responses »

  1. Thanks for the update, Jill – brought tears to my eyes. I’ve been watching the computer all day waiting to hear! So glad it’s over (well, the surgery anyways!) and that it went well. Give her our love and let her know we are praying for her. And please tell Becky that I’ve been praying for her as well that God would give her peace.
    Love, Lynne

    • Thank you Lynne – will do. Becky is doing pretty well; a few tears now and then, but she is quite fascinated with the whole hospital scene. She especially enjoys the coffee shop 🙂

  2. I was so pleased to hear that the surgery went well. We will keep Ruth in our prayers. The concert went well today in Cambridge, but we were missing all of you. Thanks for sharing the nitty-gritty of what you are going through. Love, Laurie

  3. Thanks for the updates and so pleased that Right-Angle Girl is potentially Straight-up-and-down girl now. We can’t wait to see the x-rays too… if you release them. We continue to pray for a quick recovery and hold the whole family before the face of God, giving thanks for His grace.

  4. Yvonne Langton December 14th 2.50p.m. AustrJill we praise God with you that all seems to be going well. God is in control and will grant her that healing gradually. Have been praying for her and you all.

  5. I’m so glad that everything went all right im so pleased that you are recovering well . just remember smile and laughter is the best medicine for anyone and God is good.

  6. What wonderful news that everything went well!!!. Our internet has been down all day, just have it working again so happy to read your update. Have been thinking off you all. Pleased to hear that Ruth, with the morphine, is able to cope with the pain. We love you Ruth and will keep praying for you, With love the Vlaanderen’s

  7. Good news. You have been brought into my thoughts so often over past 30 ish hours! A privilege to hold you all up in prayer at this time. Well done Ruth and Jill!! Hope all the other sisters are doing well to? Not forgetting Dad of course too! So much to carry. Well, ditto to Laurie’s e-mail. You were all dearly missed at Choir today. All did beautifully though and all the usual encouragements from the audience! Lots of love to you all. Love your positive attitude – it reads between all the lines. Stay strong in His arms. Sheena and family.

  8. Thanks so much for the update Jill. Praise God for surgeons and morphine! We have been thinking of and praying for you all through yesterday and today, and we continue to pray for you. We’re praying for a very straight forward recovery for Ruth, with no hiccups and as little pain as is possible. Also praying for you, David, Becky and Abby, as you wait and watch with Ruth. May God bless and keep you all, and grant you His peace.
    Love, Kirsty et al

  9. My mother was very impressed with the pre-op pics we showed her. Your blog is a great witness reaching further that you might expect 🙂

    Will continue to pray for everyone, and for your witness to those around you in hospital.

    God bless,

    Sam and Simoné

  10. Im so glad to hear the operation went good for you daughter, My 11 year old daughter is waiting for her appointment for Her operation , your page is very helpfull for us ..We will be checking every day to see how you are all getting on..
    we will pray for a fast recovery for you daughter..

    • Hello Alison,

      I’m glad you are finding the blog helpful. I know Ruth has really found it great to be able to read about the experiences other people have had, and it has helped her a lot, to know what sort of things to expect. I hope you don’t have to wait too long for your appointment; we have found the waiting to be harder than most other things 🙂

  11. Hi Ruth and Family,

    We’re so glad to hear that the operation appears to have been successful and want you to know that we will are praying for you as you recover from it! We have been amazed at God’s grace in making you such a great witness to us and others with your positive attitude towards it and your trust in Him during this time! Thank you for being such a great witness as to how God can work no matter how terrifying the circumstances! It’ll be hard for any of us to live up to your example!

    God bless!

    With prayers from,
    Emily (on behalf of the Good family)

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