Tuesday, August 3, 2010


We as Dick's family are all really tired because it has been an extremely long two days.  The prep, the opening of his chest, the heart and lung by-pass and closure all went well today, and we were most encouraged as we heard the good report from his wonderful surgeon Dr. Shumway.  Of course he is in ICU in critical condition but after what he has gone through, that should be no surprise.

We almost lost him yesterday, but God's hand on Dick today was so evident; I know grace will continue to restore life back into his very tired and failing heart.  After he is out of ICU will come daily therapy and physical strengthening; he needs to be built up to be ready for his new heart when one becomes available.
To all  prayer warriors all over this country praying, thank you!


  1. Dear Mary and Dick,

    I am so glad to hear how well surgery went today and that prayers were answered, allowing Dick to even have the needed surgery this morning. You are both in my prayers, as well as Susan O. and your family. I tried to post something yesterday, but don't know how to do this "blog thing" very well, so I know that it didn't get posted. I'll keep working on it!


  2. Thanks for the post Mike. We are all kinda new to this blog thing, so we are trying to work out all the bugs. Just talked to Mary and sounds like Dad is doing great this morning. Still on vent, but is communicating by squeezing Mary's hand etc. Thanks for everybody's support through this tough week.


  3. Much love to Dick and Mary. Such a blessing that all is going as it should. Thank you all for being there for Dick. Mary, I know how difficult this has been and how much it has meant to Dick to have you there. Let me know if I can do anything from here. Everyone is praying for you both. "Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27

  4. You all have been part of Dick's healing. Thank You

  5. I am so happy that surgery went well. Denny and I are keeping your family in our prayers!