The Struggle Has Ended

Greg Hewlett passed away on January 17th after nearly eight years of battling colon cancer. While we grieve his loss, we are comforted to know that he is with his Lord.

If you would like to leave your thoughts on Greg, please see this thread.

If you would like to make a charitable donation in Greg's honor, please see this thread.

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

'Surgery Went Perfectly'

That's a quote from the surgeon's report, and by all accounts an accurate one. Greg looks good today and was working on crossword puzzles by 11:00 this morning. Everyone is thrilled by the great outcome and thankful for the answered prayers of many.

However, as with any surgery of this magnitude, the road to recovery will be rough at times. Please continue to pray for both Greg and Christine as they face many challenges:

* Greg cannot yet be moved to a regular hospital room until his urinary function resumes normal levels. This is not unusual, especially given that his blood pressure remains a bit low due to the anesthesia that he is still taking via epidural. Instead, his doctors plan to move him to the ICU, not because of any crisis or problem, but because there he will receive greater levels of exactly the kind of care that he needs right now (not to mention the fact that ICU rooms are more private, have more generous visitation rules and have a TV). Please pray that he would be able to go to a regular hospital room very soon - his nieces cannot visit him in the ICU and there are still quite a few limitations on visitors.

* Greg is in a lot of pain; while they have managed to get it under control, the anesthesia causes a lot of itching. Between the pain and the itching he wasn't able to get much sleep last night, but today they seem to have struck a better balance. Please pray for alleviation of his pain and the ability to slowly reduce the amount of medication he needs for it.

* Greg's temperature this afternoon was just about 101, which is a normal post-op temperature, but of course it needs to go down. His heart rate is also high.

* Christine is also in a lot of pain. Please pray that her pain would be relieved so that she can be with Greg as much as possible.

Time and time again Greg has had to Stan' Up and Git Hit. As he stands once again, pray that by God's grace he will stand strong.


JIm and Coco said...

We are so thriled that you are doing well and that the surgery was a success, but that is what wqe have been praying for.
We will continue to lift the two of you up in prayer as you both deal the pain and the healing that you each need.
This is truly a Merry Christmas.

Terrie Jones said...

Thank you so much for the update. I have been
praying so hard for Greg and Christine, and I am
so happy to hear about the great results!! Please
know I will continue to pray, and I know there are
many others doing the same. Merry Christmas, and
may God bless the upcoming days!

Gene and Gay Bethel said...

We are grateful for the updates, rejoice in the good news and are praying for a rapid and complete recovery for Greg and for peace of mind for all of his family.

Sarah Shay said...

I'm so very thankful for the good report. I and my family will continue to keep Greg, Christine, and family in our prayers. Have a very merry Christmas!

Andrew said...