Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Yes, Jan, there is a Santa Claus

My Santa is not quite as chubby as this one.
His hair is dark brown, instead of white.
There is no beard.
His wears a white coat, instead of red trimmed with fur.
It is not quite as cold as the North Pole, where he lives . . .
but almost.

My Santa, complete with elves, is at the Mayo Clinic.  He is determined to see my Christmas wish come true.

A call was received yesterday.
It was confirmed today.
I will meet with the surgeon, anesthesiologist and other members of the team on Monday.
Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, December 14.
The doctor feels this needs to be done now, rather than later.

There may be no tree or decorations at our home this holiday.
There may be no shopping for presents.
There will be a gift, perhaps even a miracle.

To say I am scared, is an understatement.
I am not nearly as brave and calm as some might believe.
I have placed my life, my eyes and my hope in the hands of numerous doctors during the last 18 months.  There have been complications and disappointments.  It is sometimes difficult to trust again.
It would also be difficult to never see clearly again.

We are packing the bags and heading back to Rochester! 
Actually, I never quite got around to unpacking!

38 comments:

Martha said...

I have lost count of the number of prayers. I will continue to pray that this is your Christmas miracle. And sometimes procrastination is a good thing. HUGS HUGS HUGS

ShirleyC said...

Bless your heart, and I will keep praying for that miracle.

Robin Hart said...

Like Martha, I have lost count of the prayers I have said on your behalf. I have told more people about you recently... hoping they would pray as well. May this be a wonderful miracle. Who cares about trees, when your present might be the ability to see not having one clearly?? See if they have your boots!

Kathy said...

Jan, more prayers for your Christmas miracle.

Melinda said...

Oh Jan, I am in tears for you! All blessings and His hand on you and the surgeons!

Sew Gracious said...

Prayer is good, God is great and miracles do happen! Continued prayers for you, Jan. May God go with you & your surgeons. The best present won't be under your tree this year, but it is one that will last.

Laurie said...

Praise to God! Only He can do these things!

I've been praying too and I join those with tears in there eyes.

Cheryl M. said...

Continued prayers, dear friend and hugs!

Colleen said...

Oh Jan, I am so happy for you to have such a quick chance to end your suffering. I will continue to pray for you and for your doctors. Your doctor really is the best gift giver of the season. I hope this is your merriest Christmas ever despite not having all the trimmings!!!!

Chris V. said...

I will pray hard for a Christmas Miracle for you, Jan!!! Bring your long underwear and sweaters because it is COLD up here! Chris

Piper said...

Oh, Jan, I am almost in tears with excitement for you. I have said so many prayers for you and will continue to do so. Who cares about a Christmas tree this year! God bless you and your family!

Morgane @ Bear,Dolly and Moi said...

I wish you the best for your new surgery. There is no real need for decorations when Christmas is in your heart.

sweinhold said...

Jan, this has to be a miracle. Why else would this have happened this way. You are such a special kind generous and loving lady and nobody deserves their sight and prayers answered more than you do.
OOps, I forgot to add extremely talented.
Hugs and safe journey,
Sande

Anonymous said...

I will continue to be in prayer for you and your family during this surgery.

What a blessing to have an open date come so soon!

God is in the business of miracles - especially at Christmas. I pray that this will become your best Christmas, with this answered prayer.
Chris

Lois said...

Prayers coming from TN! What an "adventure" for you and yours! Praying for miracles! Praying for the minds and hands of the Mayo surgeons! Praying for peace for you!

Anonymous said...

Will be praying for you and the Dr.'s doing the surgery. Claire A.

Mary Margaret Scott said...

I am so excited for you and so thankful our prayers have been answered. Please keep us updated. The prayers will not stop until you are all better! Love you, Aunt Jan.

Grandma Ellen said...

Jan, I pray that this Christmas you will have a very, very special miracle. Blessings and many prayers.

Cindy said...

Jan, I will continue to pray for you!!! You are such a special person!!! Safe travels and speedy healing!!!

Mona @ la la by mona said...

I am filled with chills of excitement and hope at this news. Prayers and blessings to you, your family, doctor, and surgical staff throughout your surgery and recovery!

Eileen said...

This is meant to be! May you get your Christmas miracle. We will pray you through this as always:)

dlogan said...

God speed my dear friend. May you know the power of His healing. My continued prayers are with you.

Love,
Darby

DawnB said...

This is the most fabulous news, safe travels and a succesful surgery.

Sara said...

Oh Jan
I am so excited and hopeful for you. I too have said so many prayers for you. I truly believe and have every faith that your Christmas miracle will happen!!Hugs and many prayers and blessings go with you!!
Sara

Cynthia Gilbreth said...

Jan,
My best wishes and prayers for your poor, poor eyes to be repaired. I hope your Christmas dreams come true.

love, Cynthia

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Dear Jan:
God bless you and prayers for a successful outcome. I'll be in surgery on the 14th, too, as we discussed. Here's to great eyesight for both of us, my friend!
xoxo
Donna

Ariadone said...

Dear Jan, much good luck and safe journey...I pray that your gift will be wrapped up in miracles of light and clearness too.
Lieve groeten
Godeliva van Ariadone

Anonymous said...

God Bless You and strengthen you in the days ahead.

God Bless
Marie

Marti said...

Oh Jan, My thoughts and prayers are with you. God is good and hears the heartfelt prayers of His people. I will continue to pray for you and the surgeon and expect a miracle. Please keep a journal of your experiences..you are such a talented writer, your blog is always uplifting...there must be a book in there too. Blessings, Marti

Silver Pansy Designs said...

Good luck, Jan! You'll be in my prayers. Rochester is a very nice small city. We particularly enjoyed the Broadstreet Cafe. -- Karen

Prissy said...

Praying for your Christmas miracle, hun. Good luck in Rochester!

dandelionavenue said...

I truly pray that you will receive an early Christmas miracle. I cannot imagine how anxious, scared, yet hopeful that you must be. I will be praying for the doctors, your family and all involved.
best wishes, Angela

Claudia said...

Oh what good news! I am praying for you, dear one.

xo
Claudia

Simple Southern Happiness said...

Much prayer will be lifted up for you, the lord is sure opening doors quickly. I understand being apprehensive, its a part of being human.
We lift you up in prayer and ask God to guide the surgeons hands. Keep you focus on positive thoughts according to the lords word. Keep looking up and asking God for his awesome grace and you will receive it.

Pat said...

Jan, I am praying for you and your hubby. Have a safe trip.

Pat

tana50 said...

You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this procedure-surgery. Christmas miracles are the best!

Jenny said...

Jan, I don't post often, but I have prayed. I've been sick with a stomach bug and so off the web for a few days, but this news brings tears to my eyes and hope to my heart. We will continue to pray!

~Jenny

Sally said...

Prayer is good and you are always in mine. Safe journey and I look forward to hearing all the good news soon.

Sally

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