Another fun God-moment was with the anesthesia. Due to my morphine allergy I was really hoping to communicate well with the anesthesia team as they are the ones who take me to recovery and make sure pain is managed after surgery. I also was worried I would feel a bit of panic at going to sleep. Well, the team came into the operating room where about 8 others were prepping the room already. The intern mentioned I was English speaking and the dr. said "no problem, I lived in England for 6 years and the US for 6 months." I asked where in the US and he said Lake Tahoe. That is very near where I was born and a family favorite! Then he asked where I lived now in Belgium and when I told him our village he said that's where he grew up and his da was the pharmacist here for 30 years! The other anesthesiologist also explained other drug options since I can't do morphine and I knew they had a good handle on it all. Needless to say, there was no worry at all as I went to sleep thinking about Lake Tahoe with my aunt and sister last summer!
I am also convinced of the timing of the surgery in a great new friend-my roommate! When we compared stories and shared life the days after surgery, it was clear to us both that something bigger than ourselves was orchestrating this all! I am sure God put us both there at that time. Even with Ty gone, my friend who came and spent the first day and all day of the surgery there was part of it. She lives in the community and perhaps has some common acquaintances in the music scene. Since she was there so much she also befriended my roommate and when we are all recovered we plan to go to a concert all together. She was such a blessing to me as she spoke perfect English and helped in the night hours when I had pain and the nurses were not quite so good with English. We also laughed together a lot and it was so nice to know I wasn't there alone, I think she felt the same!
Since returning home I have to move very slowly. Recovery is like a C-section minus the baby. Friends and teachers from school have generously picked up the kids before and after school. Friends from work and church have brought meals and groceries for us. Others are coming to help clean the house. Even the timing of a cousin coming to visit is perfect as it's when Ty has some work commitments and I needed company and a helping hand.
We hope to have a clear pathology report early next week. In the process though, we have continued to walk with God who is faithful and we trust him and he has provided so graciously every step. We know he will continue to do so!