First, I want to say that my parents enjoyed reading the posts of prayers, love, & support from you all. I even shared a little of that with Brian this morning.
We had a good visit with Brian last night. He was very responsive to his girlfriend again & more local & out of town friends paid him a visit as well. In fact, when I was holding his hand & he heard her voice he started squeezing my hand rapid fire, pretty much kicking me aside so he could be with her. ;)
It's a tough balance because when he's most responsive he's in the most pain but even with the pain last night he didn't want more medication because he knew it would take away his ability to be so engaging with us.
His girlfriend & I spent the early morning with him today just talking with him & reading some comforting passages from the Bible. He wasn't as engaging as he was last night (I guess we wore him out!) but it was a good thing because I know he needed the rest before surgery.
The ICU nurses have been so gracious with his visitors & allowed us to stay later since he'll be in surgery for most of visiting hours this morning.
They started prep at 7am & as far as I know, though his heart rate still fluctuates more than we'd like, they were moving forward.
So now we just pray for the surgery to go well & for the wisdom, attention, and knowledge of the trained staff assisting him. God has been so faithful in bringing Brian this far we know he'll provide again, as only He can and only He does.
Thank you again for all your prayers, visits, & assistance. I just want to stress that Brian has a long road ahead of him & will need your help & support even more once the healing process truly begins.
Will let you all know how he's doing as soon as possible.