Resolve of steel, nerves of jelly

We got our surgery wake-up call this morning at about 5:30 a.m. (CST).  I decided to stay overnight in Francis’s room so that I would be sure I was here when they took him down to prepare for surgery.

When the nurse notified us that “they” were on the way to get Francis, we changed out of our jammies and gathered up the rest of the loose belongings from Francis’s room.  At about 6:00 a.m., we were headed to the surgical holding area.

The check-in nurses in the holding area informed us that the operating room was scheduled for 8:00 a.m.  (Yay, more waiting!)  The consent forms were checked, the anesthesia team arrived to start fluids and talk about their role, and we did our final hug and kiss.

At 7:50 a.m., Francis got some happy juice (valium) in his IV and they rolled him through the double doors.

We were told that the procedure would last until about midnight tonight (again, central time).  I will post updates periodically throughout the day as I am given information by the nurses.

We can feel all the prayers and thoughts, and cherish each and every one.  Stay tuned…


14 responses

  1. PRAYING! my family is praying too!

  2. Zoe Mouris (Richmond) | Reply

    LeAnne, Francis, Frances, Elizabeth & Families…. LOTS of prayers and positive thoughts here in VA as you deal with the lonnng wait!!! Love, Zoe & family

  3. Praying for you and Francis (and the doctors) all day today

  4. All the Burlesons have you all in our thoughts and prayers. You are in the hands of awesome doctors at an incredible medical facility. With bunches of blessings, Beverly

  5. Prayers are with Fransis, hospital and all of you. Keep strong.
    Cousin Vicki

  6. We are holding you all in our prayers in NOVA! And folks at Burke Presbyterian Church who don’t know you, are praying hard for you right now. Peace, John, Susan and the Ariale Clan!

  7. Amy Hollingsworth | Reply

    Praying for you all right now and all day long! Miss you guys already…Faulkner Lane is not the same without you!

  8. Love you. Praying, praying, praying.

  9. you are in my payers aand i will continue to send out good vibrations and positive thoughts to houston!

  10. Dolores Strickland | Reply

    It will be good! So many prayers and a strong guy. A good wife for support and to be there for him.

  11. Praying for you all! Lots of love and hope from the Harry household.

  12. I had never heard of this procedure until several months ago. I know of two people who are undergoing it today! My friend at Johns Hopkins and Francis at Anderson. I am in prayer for the Lord’s hand of healing upon both.

  13. We will be in prayer for Francis…and you! Jerry and Carol Austin

  14. Tanveer Kathawalla | Reply

    You will be in my Prayers Francis, wish you and the Gibbs family all the Best, and stay strong.

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