Friday, June 13, 2008

Thank You and an Update

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has been thinking of and/or praying for Lucas and the rest of our family! We are overwhelmed with the support. God has truly been at work in this situation (I'll blog later about some of the amazing ways He has shown up).

Update on Lucas: We have more concrete information on his condition (two broken feet and several dislocated vertebrae) and have been told that he will undergo surgery in Barcelona on Monday (or possibly Tuesday). We haven't spoken directly to a doctor yet so have not been able to ask questions regarding extent of the injury to his feet, what procedures will be done during the surgery, or potential recovery time.

We are blessed to have a friend who lives and works in Barcelona. Emil has been able to visit Lucas in the hospital, spoke to the doctors (which netted the additional information since he is fluent in Spanish and not full of pain meds), and provided Lucas with a cell phone to use while he is in the hospital. Emil has been an amazing and invaluable friend!

Thanks to the cell phone we have been able to talk to Lucas at greater length. I don't know whose spirits were lifted more by our ability to just chat with him, ours or his! The family contact has been great for Lucas, he sounds much better after having an opportunity to be in contact with us.

On a side note: I can't tell you how amazing James has been throughout this ordeal. Lucas didn't grow up with a father or big brother around to lean into, look to for a model, or ask advice of. James has really become a big brother figure for Lucas. I think they spent as much time on the phone this afternoon as Lucas and I did! James is so disarming that he allowed Lucas to forget about his situation for a few minutes by just chatting with him and acting like everything is normal.

James has also been amazing regarding the impact of this situation on our family. We are both comitted to helping Lucas in any way we possibly can. James took on the mantle of big brother without a second thought and hasn't looked back. This situation has happened to our family, not just to my little brother. Without batting an eye, he opened our home to Lucas should he need a place to recover. He immediately suggested that I start looking at flights in case I needed to fly to Barcelona to either be there for Lucas' surgery or to help him get home to completely recover.

If he were a lesser man he could hesitate, thinking about the roof repair project we have been putting off, the fact that we will likely have to replace our dishwasher soon (I know, we don't HAVE to have a dishwasher), the leaf blower/vac that he has been eyeing with Father's Day approaching, etc. He could have balked at the thought of his wife possibly taking his six-week-old halfway across the world. Thankfully he didn't. He hit the ground running, shifting into project management mode. He has done so much in the last 24 hours! I am absolutely blessed to have James in my life, and even more in our family.

Anyway, we are just going to take things one day at a time and provide updates as we are able!

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