We made a quick trip to Oxford Sunday to see my brother. Considering everything that has happened over the last few days, he is improving. Although his heart is doing 100% of the work now, it is only working at 15% of a normal heart. He has alot of fluid around his heart and has been given medication to get the fluid off him. His heart beat is about 110 beats per minute and it needs to be below 100 beats per minute. It is slowly going down. Friday it was at 138 beats per minute, so we know that is an answer to prayer.
The doctor told us last night that although Doug has come a long way and is alive, he still has a long way to go. The doctor also told us he will never live the same type of life he used to (it was not uncommon for Doug to work 18 hours a day during harvesting and planting season). The doctor also said they are beginning to ween Doug off the medications that he is currently on which are helping his heart. If he does not get better or gets worse during this time, he will be put on a heart transplant list. As you can imagine, this was very upsetting especially since we have seen Doug make drastic improvements over the last couple of days.
From all indications, this heart surgeon is not optimist. He isn't the encouraging type. I'm sure he deals with death and dire situations on a daily basis. However, we don't believe he's ever seen such a case so full of hope, faith and prayer. So at this time, we have all decided to pray for Doug's heart to get back to working as a "normal" heart would, for Doug's heart to work perfectly although he is being taken off the meds so the next surgery can be performed, and for Doug to live an even better life than before!
So many things are taking place there which I hope to share with you in days to come. My parents are not wallowing in their sadness but are ministering to other families in the waiting room; Doug's wife, Avril (who is from Honduras), interpreted for a Mexican who's dad had surgery yesterday and didn't understand what the doctors were saying; and we prayed over a lady who was in ICU next to my brother; Doug also mentioned what it was like when he died in the helicopter. And the list goes on. God is at work in the lives of people around us and we still believe.
"May God, the source of hope, fill me with all joy and peace by means of my faith in Him, so that my hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13