Yesterday, Father Gordon (About) called to tell me that he thinks he will be undergoing surgery soon, his long awaited operation. I haven’t heard back since, so I’m guessing his intervention was yesterday afternoon. He will be in the hospital and infirmary for a good week. He gave me the post for February 3 to edit beforehand, just in case. I’ll hopefully be able to do a guest-post after that one from Rome. Then, please God, we will have Father Gordon back in better shape than ever.
Please, if you would, in your charity, share this post round about. Prayers are always helpful. However, just to say, don’t be alarmed. The operation is a good thing. We are very thankful that the day has finally come when Father Gordon goes under the knife. That doesn’t quite sound right, does it? Anyway, we wish Father Gordon God-speed in recovery.
Update: Father Gordon tried to call me, but I was saying our Wednesday evening Mass in the parish after the Faith Formation classes. Just the fact that he tried to call me, I suppose from his post-op hospital bed, means that all went well. I hope!
Update 3:06 PM Thursday 28 January: O.K., so, of course, it wasn’t Father Gordon who tried to call yesterday evening, but rather Pornchai Maximilian. He said that they kept Father Gordon in the hospital overnight. They did not bring him back to the infirmary. This almost never ever happens. I’m guessing that the doctor was furious at what he saw, realizing that this operation should have been done already fully five years ago. He would have wanted to give him a day away from the hell for recovery’s sake, and so kept him. That’s the best case scenario. I’ll perhaps find out later tonight or surely by tomorrow if Father Gordon has arrived back at the infirmary in the prison. Pray for his recovery!
Update 9:55 AM Friday 29 January: Pornchai Max just called again. Father Gordon did arrive back to the prison in the infirmary last night. He’s on some pretty high dosage pain medication so they won’t let him out into the general population yet. It’s said that the operation was a success. If they let him out today, it will be before “count” late this afternoon. If he doesn’t make it to that, he will stay in the infirmary until Monday. Personally, I think he would do better in his cell with Max taking care of him. Pray!
Update 7:39 PM Friday 29 January: Email to everyone from Father Gordon:
Well, I arrived in Cell No. 1 under the stairs on Bravo Pod in H Building at about 4 pm today exactly 62 hours after I left for surgery. I spent Tuesday night in the prison medical center, and was transported to Concord Hospital on Wednesday early afternoon. A hospital stay for a prisoner is always an ordeal because the entire stay is spent chained to a bed with about 16 inches radius of movement. I was taken to surgery at about 2 in the afternoon on Wednesday and do not recall the anesthesia being administered, but I remember the surgeon telling me this would take about 45 to 60 min. I woke hours later in the recovery room, quite groggy and in lots of pain. The surgeon told me that the surgery was very complicated and said he would explain more the next day, but said the gall bladder was severely damaged and open general surgery became necessary. So I have four incisions, one of them now containing 18 staples. He also told me I would be hospitalized for about 5 to 7 days with at least another five in the medical unit in the prison. I was dismayed because a stay that long generally means that I bunk and cell I had would be given to someone else and I was worried for both me and Max.So reading on Fr. Byers’ post about all of your prayers was an affirmation for me that doctors do not write the script. By Thursday afternoon the surgeon told me that he had never seen someone heal so fast from such major surgery. He told me the surgery was an absolute necessity because the gall bladder was twice its normal size, severely diseased, with inflamed tissue all around it and throughout my hepatic system. He said it contained what appeared to be a massive amount of toxic wet concrete. Anyway, I was back in just two days with no complications and for that, I thank all of you.With blessings,Father G