For those of you who have joined me in prayer for my brother-in-law, Mike, here is an update.
They were able to get in at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota on Thursday. Mike spent several hours being tested - not sure exactly what they were looking for - and then met with his doctor on Friday morning. Friday afternoon about 5:00 they performed surgery. If I understand correctly they went in near the corner of his eye and around behind it, putting a couple of holes in the sheath that contains the optic nerve. Bear in mind here that I have no idea what I'm talking about so that explanation is bare bones! This was done to relieve some of the pressure on the optic nerve.
No vision will be restored because of this surgery. They were simply hoping to preserve what little vision he had left in that eye. They came home yesterday. Right now his eyelid is swollen shut from the surgery so it will be nearly a week before he knows if this worked. It was experimental surgery and Mike was only the 7th person it had every been performed on. But with no vision in the right eye and very little in the left he had no other options. A couple of weeks ago his vision in that left eye was 20/20. On Friday it was 20/2400. He has no vision in the right eye at all.
Obviously he will be unable to work. We're hoping that the paperwork goes smoothly for his disability application.
Your prayers were very much appreciated. Please pray that as they continue to go forward on this journey they will be given strength when they need it, find joy in the outpouring of love they have experienced, and will hold steadfast to their faith.