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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

John's Surgery Went Great!


This is a picture of our pup Coco on the right. The stuffed animal on the left looks almost just like her. John bought her for me when I had surgery about 9 years ago.
We took the stuffed animal that looks like Coco to the hospital after his accident so John would be comforted.
John's surgery went really well. He had surgery yesterday at 12:30. Also, he does not have to lay on his stomach !! The surgeon found out he had a Sports Bed (thanks Lee) and said since he has one of these, he can lay on his back and sides. Isn't that great? I was so happy for him.
He is at the same hospital but a different floor. He will be there for several weeks now. Here is the address for those who want to send cards.
SSM Rehab
c/o John Zimmerman
Room 201
6420 Clayton Road
St. Louis , Mo.
63117
He really looks forward to the mail. And all of your cards have really pulled him through alot of the loneliness and sadness of this situation. Thank you all so much for your kindness and love. I will be posting a Christmas post tomorrow, but tonight I wanted to update everyone.
I stayed the night in the hospital with John last night in case he needed me, and stayed all day today. He is doing so well though. Thanks for all your prayers for him it was much appreciated. The power of prayer is strong. On a closing note, I saw a rainbow on the way home tonight from the hospital. Rainbows and butterflies have always been a personal symbol to me of hope. My heart felt so much lighter tonight, lighter than it has in a long while.
For everyone out there looking for hope tonight I am here to encourage you. Have hope friend, the Lord will see you through your difficulties. He is helping me and He will help you too.
~Love Nita~

29 comments:

Shelley said...

Hi Nita, I am so thankful that all went well with John's surgery ! I know that is a big relief to your mind. Thank the Lord, I know he is right there with all of you , walking you through each step. Even that sweet little puppy of yours ! He or she is so sweet and so tiny. I bet you could carry him in your purse, couldn't you? So sweet of you to think of others when you are so loaded down yourself. There are so many hurting people in the world ! There only real hope is the Lord.


God's mighty blessing to you and yours, Shelley

red tin heart said...

Shelley: Coco is a little girl pup. She is 11 years old and blind in both of her eyes and I have to carry her outside to use the restroom. But we love her so much. You are so right Shelley, the only hope we have is in the Lord. And thank you for all your kind comments. xoxo Nita

* mY fRiEnDs cALL mE Rella * said...

Nita, I am so glad to hear all these good things for John. And the photo of that sweet pup and the toy pup are so precious. I am thinking of you both.
xo Rella

My Treasure Barn said...

What a precious puppy!
Nita I am so happy that John is doing well and the bed wow!, that is what I was trying to say when I said a circular bed! I am so pleased to hear that he won't have to stay on his stomach.

Yes the power of prayer is amazing. It is nice to hear that you are feeling a lighter heart. Things are looking up my friend.

Thanks for your the comment, I am having a bad day and that made it better.
Hugs
Patti

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I sent John a card at the old room number. Hope it gets to him. Thank God for your good news. I'm so glad that the surgery went well and that John won't be on his stomach for weeks and weeks. You guys deserved some good news. Love, Susan

Maija said...

Thank God all is well!

red tin heart said...

Rella: Thank you. I have been thinking of you. Hope your day is good. xoxo Nita

Patti: I am so happy he doesen't have to lay on his stomach, that was a real downer for him thinking about it. When he found out he wouldn't have to he was so relieved. Coco is precious, she is getting old and that breaks my heart. I love and I mean love dogs. I always want one until I leave this earth. xoxo Nita

Susan: He got the card yesterday! And I got my package, I love it!! That was so sweet of you. Elizabeth and I looked through it. She loved what you sent her too. Thank you very, very much. love Nita

Maija: Thank you! xoxox Nita <3

PixieDust said...

Thank goodness!!!! Big hugs to you and your hubby, and huge sigh of relief that the surgery went well. My candle is still burning for you two, and you're always in my prayers...

:-)

(As a side note, I did think both the doggies were stuffed animals! So cute!)

Love,
Me

Nathalie Thompson said...

YAY GOD! I am doing a happy heart dance for John. How COOL is it that he doesn't have to be stomach bound for a month?!!! WooHOO!

Donna said...

Thank Heaven it all went well..prayers and hugs to you both.

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Nita,

That is such good news, so glad to hear that everything went well with John's surgery. That little pup is so adorable :)

Hugs,
Dena

red tin heart said...

Pixie: Coco is so cute she does look like a stuffed animal. Alot of times when I am on my blog I am typing one handed because she is on my lap. Thanks for your prayers friend. xoxo nita

Nathalie: Thank you Nat for your prayers too. xoxo nita

Donna: I am glad it went well, and for the prayers of dear friends. xoxo nita

Dena: Thank you. You are a blessing. xoxo nita

Lee W. said...

yay yay yay! I am tearin up, I am SO glad.

red tin heart said...

Lee: It wouldn't have happened without your advice. Thank you. Love Nita

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Oh When I read this tears sprang to my eyes! I'm so happy! Not just for John, but for your feeling of being uplifted -because there always is hope!
xxoo
Robin

mon@rch said...

I am soo thankful that everyone went well! Thanks for keeping us updated on how he is doing!

red tin heart said...

Robin: Thank you. I have felt lighter because I know that John is doing so much better. Love Nita

Mon@rch: Thank you, I hope all is well with you this evening. It has gotten so cold here in Southern Illinois that I hate even going outside. ~Nita~

Our Red House said...

I am glad to hear that the surgery went well and that John will not have to lie on his back for weeks.

I had a double-take with those puppies, trying to work out which one was real. Thank you for sharing the good news with us.

Kate

red tin heart said...

Kate: It is wonderful. I was so worried that he would be despondent about laying on his stomach. But God is good. The puppies do look so much alike. Good to hear from you. xoxo Nita

Sheri said...

hey that is awsome that it went well and he will be ok.. my kiddies and are sending him a christmas card! you guys are in our prayers.... i love your coco pup! sorry i havent been by in awhile to say... seems like i either have time to post or to say hi to folks...

Bethany said...

Praise the Lord!!!! What a glorious blessing!!! Oh we are jumping and thanking God for His blessing John through this tough time....YAY!!!
"I will praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
For you are who you are
No matter where I am
Every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise you in this storm" casting crowns
He really is carrying you guys though this stormy time :) xxoo

red tin heart said...

Sheri: Good to hear from you, sorry I haven't been by in awhile either. Thank you for thinking of John, that means alot to me. xoxo Nita

Bethany: I love Casting Crowns! And thank you for praying for John. He is recuperating really fast. xoxo Nita

Mary said...

Glad John is doing well and most of all that your heart is light :o)

Cute little old pup!

Michelle said...

Nita, I'm so grateful your husband's surgery went well. I've been thinking about you these last few days. You remain in my prayers.. Michelle

red tin heart said...

Mary: Thank you. Me and John love our old doggy. xoxo Nita

red tin heart said...

Michelle: Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. xoxo Nita

Lori Garbarino said...

PRAISE THE LORD AND HALLELUJAH!!!!! What wonderful news, So glad to hear that he came through surgery well and doesn't have to lie on his tummy! I am rejoicing with you. What a precious puppy.

Have a great day

Lori

Amy Wagner said...

Wonderful news about John! Nita you are going to have the plushest spot in heaven cuz you are an angel on Earth!
Amy

red tin heart said...

Lori: Thank you for rejoicing with me. It is such good news that he won't have to endure that. xoxo Nita

Amy: I'll be happy just to get in. But thank you very much. xoxo Nita

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