Thank you all for all of the prayers for my sister, Mary. Please keep them coming.
Mary did very well with the surgery yesterday. They did the bypass and replace her valve. The surgery was about 5 1/2 hours. I was able to see her once she was settled. She was still on the ventilator at the time. While in there, the turned it off and she began breathing on her own-huge sigh of relief! By night time, the tube was out, and she was awake and talking. She has quite a bit of pain, which is expected, but they were working on managing that. The only thing still up in the air is whether or not she will need a pacemaker (5% of valve replacement patients do). We should have an answer to this in the next day or so.
THANK YOU for all of the prayers, and please keep them coming. She has a long way to go, but so far, so good! GOD IS GREAT!