Wednesday, February 13, 2013
While the surgical team was closing Gabriel's chest we attended services at the Memorial Church on the Stanford Campus. We arrived about 15 minutes late to hear the Dean of the Theology Dept. delivering a sermon focused on recycling, selecting energy efficient light bulbs, bicycling and walking as preferred modes of transportation, and details of the positive aspects of alternative energy solutions. It was also a scholarly sermon as he "footnoted" his commentary by giving credit to his sources throughout his talk. Arriving late we had missed the abstract so were wondering how he was going to tie all this together. He closed by stating that people of faith should be the first ones to honor, protect and defend creation. Seems like a no brainer but I found it quite profound. To honor the Creator the faithful should be those who defile his handiwork the least (Earle's interpretation of the Dean's summary).
At the end of the service the Dean stated they had a "talk back" group which met in the round room and discussed the topics of the day's sermon. Beth had to return to the cottage for motherly duties for about an hour, so we wouldn't get to see Gabriel all closed up for at least that long. I asked if she would mind if I attended the session, she acquiesced and off I trotted. The kids spent Fri to Mon with us so Beth took them in tow and returned to the cottage. An hour later after unsuccessfully attempting to call Beth I walked to the hospital and received a call from her shortly after. She was circling the campus unable to find me at the agreed meeting site, the kids had battled since we separated several hours earlier, her phone had died and she had just found the charger and she had gotten lost both on her way to the cottage and to the hospital. I had decided poorly. The kids improved over the course of the day, Beth was soothed by Gabriel's closed chest, I worked at not being a dumbass, posted the last blog and we had a family date night watching The Pacifier. Whether or not you like the guy, "Vin Diesel" is one of the coolest screen names of the era. The next day Grandma and Grandpa drove up to pick-up the kids and I made it to the hospital while the Doctors were conducting rounds and formulating the plans for Gabriel. Extubation on Tuesday! The head of the staff for the CVICU made rounds to each patient and asked either a resident or nurse practioner what the status and plan was for the patient.