No walk in the park, this would require 3 different doctors and 2 surgeons. A neurosurgeon, ENT, endocrinologist and ophthalmologist examined him and did more tests than he'd care to admit (multiple MRI's, Cat Scans and a full body scan). The last few weeks would have been exhausting for any of us. Now, imagine doing that with an unbearable headache caused by this tumor and coupled with the fear that at any moment the news could get worse. The waiting has not been easy. ￼Thankfully, all the tests showed that this was indeed the culprit to most (if not all) of his issues the last couple of years and that he was ready for surgery. The proximity to the brain and eyes and the risk associated with such a procedure made for a nerve-wracking few days in anticipation. But, Dad's pain was so great at this point that he couldn't wait to get "this thing outta there".
On Monday, January 29, Dad had the operation to remove the tumor. We are praising God that everything went exactly as we hoped---they got all of the tumor and it shows all signs of being benign. But things going well with this surgery doesn't mean it's time to celebrate just yet. The recovery is very difficult and expected to last 6-8 weeks. They went through his nose to reach the tumor so there will be a couple of follow-up procedures in the next couple of weeks to clear the packing and scabs along his sinuses. And those headaches....oh the headaches....are supposed to last another couple of weeks!!! Ouch. So, no relief just yet but there is a light at the end of this tunnel! ￼Mom and Dad have served faithfully in ministry for over 45 years, many of you reading this have most likely been a part of their pastoral leadership over the years. If you know them, you know that they would never ask for anything.
But, they do need our help.
The financial strain in the last year with Dad's recent retirement and his ongoing medical issues have caused unnecessary stress. Any unplanned expense can be overwhelming. A major surgery and recovery like this requires deductibles to be paid, co-pays and medication. Every time there is a new test run it costs $200-$300 out of pocket, and there have been several in a short amount of time. The immediate need is estimated at $5,000. That is a minimum of a $3,500 deductible that they will have to pay out-of-pocket plus the various co-pays and medication.
We're asking you, our family and friends, to show Mom and Dad your support. They have been so faithful through numerous hardships that I know have inspired so many of us.
Every little bit helps.
To God be the Glory,
Milam and Jared ￼
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