Yesterday was a great day for my brother. The doctors had planned on taking him off the heart pump machine today, but Doug was doing so well that they took him off the machine yesterday afternoon! His heart is now pumping on its own. They also took him off the ventilator and hope to take one of his IVs out sometime today. Although he is still in ICU, they tell us it's a matter of time before he gets moved to a room--something we were told not to expect until this weekend! Doug is sitting up in his bed, drinking water and eating Jello.
The doctors asked him yesterday if he knew he was alive. Doug replied, "Yes, I know that I'm alive. I've got an awesome God!" Doug then asked the doctors, "Did you give me 2 to 3 years like you promised?" And the cardiologist who did the surgery said, "I gave you more than that!"
Doug is still being sedated for the typical pain after surgery, but seems to know who is in the room with him at various times of the day when our family goes in to see him. He is doing much better than expected and once again, the doctors and nurses attending to him are blown away by his progress. I've sent messages to him that my "blog reading friends" are praying for him. He is aware of every prayer and can't wait to read your posts.
"I am confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in me will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6