Thursday, October 14, 2010

Staying Strong

Night number two is now behind us, and Zane is holding strong. We were just in to see him and he's looking great. He's running a bit of a fever but they've given him Tylenol/Motrin to control it and it's come down since this morning. They're attributing it mostly to the stress of the surgery yesterday on his body. His vitals are still strong- they gave him some medication to slow his heart rate down a bit because it was a little high yesterday- between 145 & 150 bpm. He's down to around 120 bpm now. They also attributed that to the stress of the situation, and said that it is entirely normal in a young healthy man.

They sent off some lab work of his urine and blood to check for infection after the surgery. We should have the results in a couple days. We'll also know whether the grafting has "taken" within a couple of days.

Last night he was taken for a CT scan of his chest because of some unclear xray readings. They saw a little cloudiness and were unsure of what it was. The concern would be swelling near the heart or a rupture of the aorta. The preliminary results came back within a couple hours and we were told that it looked like upper right lung was not getting fully inflated. The resident doctor told us that it was not a big deal at all- that probably it was just that the intubation tube was down a little too far and just needed to be pulled back a bit. It's not an unusual thing to happen, and it's not difficult to correct.

So basically, any "hiccups" have been just that- minor. He remains strong and the staff seem to have everything under control. Although... we know who is truly keeping things under control- God's hand has been on Zane from the second he was struck. Our Father is an almighty God and He is truly capable of anything. He has raised the dead, and I know he has held my husband all through this. Zane's strength is a result of the faith that he has in Chirst. For those of you who knew Zane, you probably knew that his faith was unshakable and bold. Zane was the most Godly man I had ever met, and it was that faith that made him the unforgettable person that he is.

Our spirits remain high and our faith remains strong.. not because of our own strength, but because of the grace and peace that God has given us. I hope He's given you all that same strength. Somehow in my mind, I believe that I have to be strong for Zane.. that somehow God's strength working through me is translating to strength for Zane. Your prayers and comments have blessed us more than you know. Each message we get is like a ray of sunshine into our days. I can't wait for Zane to be able to see all of this after. :)

17 comments:

The Clines said...

Great news! Your positive attitude is shining through your posts. It is also good to know that you are at a wonderful hospital- all 3 of my kids were born at the Brigham.

Hillary (First Yr Wife) said...

I'm so glad to hear he's doing well! I'm still praying for all of you!

Elizabeth said...

Courtney, you are truly a remarkable young woman. Saw your gram (Patty) today and she said the same. Praying for you and Zane and all your family through this time. - Libby

Anonymous said...

Zane & Courtney
Just a note to say thinking of you both at this difficult time.Glad to hear good news and that Zane is strong. I worked with Zane at Dead River and my husband Zeke works with Zane at MPS. We saw you both Friday at the Crows Nest. Keep up the posts so we know Zane progress,he is very lucky to have you for his wife, you are a very strong young women.I have often thought of something happening to Zeke while at work he has been there for over 25 years and I do not know if I could be so strong. You both are in our prayers. Gail & Zeke Wieder

Anonymous said...

Courtney, you are amazing. With tears strolling down my face, I write this note to tell you what an inspiration you are to all of us when we should be inspiring you. Awesome woman and Zane will make it through this with you by his side. He is one lucky man but also a fantastic guy that we miss alot from the Dayton/Columbus area. John and I will continue to pray daily and touch base on your website. Thanks for keeping us in touch with this site. We love you guys. John and Cindy LeBrun from Columbus Ohio.

Hirondelle Rustique said...

I'm so glad to hear he's doing better! I'll keep praying for you guys!

Sherri said...

Courtney,
Thank you for keeping us updated on Zane’s progress. Your faith and strength during these difficult days are an example to all. I wanted to share with you a couple of verses of my favorite Psalm; Psalm 121:1&2 - I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth. Daily thoughts and prayers for Zane and your entire family.
Sherri Jordan
MPS

Anonymous said...

Courtney,
Thanks for the updates. So glad to hear that he is doing well. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Zane has also been added to the prayer chain at church.

I remember Mike and I setting across from you and Zane at the last MPS picnic. Also remember when he came in to apply for the job at MPS.

Keep Looking Up,
Priscilla Phillips

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures you have shared with each blog. This picture of you two ready to arm wrestle is a true symbol of the gift God has given you in each other. Holding firm together with His strength sustaining you! Love and prayers for continued rest and care in His loving arms!
The Kramer family

Anonymous said...

From one lineman to another,from one wife to another-you are both in our prayers. Hold on to your faith and God will carry you both through this. "There is only one set of footprints in the sand." Scott would like you to know that your blogs are helping "us" at home who are feeling helpless. Our thoughts and prayers are with you constantly Zane and Courtney and families. Love Scott and Penny Madore

Anonymous said...

Belvedere Road lifting you both in constant prayer. Becky & Den

Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

This is wonderful news to hear. The pictures you are posting of the two of you are so sweet!

Joi said...

More good news...hang in there, Zane!!!

Anonymous said...

Courtney & Zane,

Courtney,Zane,&family we all love you so much!! Your strength in God is such an inspiration to all. Lord thank you for introducing me to such wonderful people, they are truly a blessing and please Lord restore his health as well as their hearts. We love you all so much!! Truly meeting you has been such a blessing!! You are so wonderful.
Hang in there your strength in God will carry each and everyone of you through. My prayers and thoughts will be with you constantly, I can't wait to see his health restored and your hearts healed.

We love you,
Melissa & nmofs

Denise said...

You will make it through this, I truly believe.

Anonymous said...

Hey, hang in there. Chin up. Things are going to be fine. Glad to hear that he's improving. It's only a matter of time before you can have more arm wrestling matches. Don't go easy on him, either!

Pam said...

Courtney
Stay strong and know that you prayers are being heard and answered. My family has recently also suffered from medical traumas. My husband age 44 had open heart surgury and two weeks after he came home from the hospital I was in a serious car accident and broke my pelvis, ankle, sacrum and 2 ribs. We understand the fear and frustration that you are going through, and have felt the love pored out in prayer for us. Zane and your family will have our prayers. Hang in there and know that things will be better eventually.