Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Heading into surgery...

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.


  1. God has done so much over the past few days. Please tell Brian I love him. I'm praying so hard right now. Thank you so much for keeping us updated, Kara. I want to be there so bad.


  2. Kara, Steady prayers are coming your way from New York. As a surgeon's daughter I know it is a very optimistic sign that they can go ahead with surgical repairs so soon. My father (Brian T.'s Grandad) would tell you the Lord does His work through surgery, so your brother is in all sorts of good hands this morning. All my love to the Keeters and Brecks, Judy

  3. My thanks for these updates, and everyone is praying for him all the time, and during his surgery right now.

    Cindy Tyndall

  4. Keeter, Just can't get you off my mind! I am squeezing my hands together extra tight in prayer for you and your recovery! You are a pretty tough cookie and have a lot of people pulling for you. Just remember all of us in Raleigh miss ya and love ya! Hang in there tough guy!
    love, Kristin Simmons

  5. Still praying for Brian and encouraged that he continues to progress. We will definitely be there to help on this long road to recovery.

  6. Keeter,
    You have such a big heart and I know that you will only come out of this stronger. You and your family are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. We love you!
    Ricky, Karen, Shane Duke

  7. So happy to hear you had a good day on Tuesday. We are praying that the surgery goes well and will reveal encouraging news.
    Kenny and Christine

  8. You are in my prayers. I know how much you mean to your friends and I hope you are able to have a successful surgery and make a full recovery. God bless.

  9. Brian,

    I spent all morning praying that your surgery is successful and uneventful, and for your speedy and complete recovery. Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers all day long. Keep fighting hard and keep that stubborn spirt of yours.

  10. Brian Bear,
    I was up all night last night thinking of you! I'm coming with Troy Bear tomorrow to see you so be ready :) I'm so glad you seem to be progressing so quickly and I will continue to pray for your rapid healing. I miss you more than you know and can't wait to squeeze that hand of yours.