Dad bundled up and went out into the chilly air this afternoon, as he had an appointment with Dr. Neilson, the surgeon who did his stomach operation on Sept. 5. Mom and I accompanied him, riding along on the wheelchair van. Dr. Neilson was hoping that his tubes could be removed, but when we explained that A. Dad gets very UNcomfortable whenever the stomach (drainage) tube is clamped, and B. he doesn't want to eat anything and what goes into his stomach seems to be unable to pass to his intestine, he agreed that both tubes should stay to keep Dad comfortable.
Dad enjoyed the opportunity to see some different scenery, and he actually smiled when he saw small children at the doctor's office. "Little ones have a charm all their own, don't they?" he commented. That's as long a speech as he has made all week.
His back started hurting as we waited for the van to return, and he was very uncomfortable on the ride home. He was visibly relieved to get back in bed, and went to sleep immediately.
Dad enjoyed a visit this afternoon with dear friends George and Kathy. They have been such a blessing to our family!!
Mom's sinuses have not improved, so she is hoping that something else can be done to help that situation.
I (Alice) need to travel back to Florida tomorrow evening. There are still a few arrangements to finish in the morning. Mom & I would really appreciate your prayers that we will not forget anything that needs doing! :-) Also, that the car's ignition (which, it turns out, has been recalled) will be fixed in time to return it to Scott & Tracy tomorrow afternoon.
Lois is making plans to come soon. They are trying to get baby Daniel's passport . . . everything takes longer in Ecuador.
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28