My grandmother used to say that sometimes the answer to our prayers is yes, sometimes no, and sometimes we don't get the answer right away.
Not in this case. In this case, everyones prayers for Christopher were answered with a resounding "YES!"
Christopher came through the surgery like a champ. The neurosurgeon was able to remove the mass (which turned out to be a blood clot the size of a baseball) and repair the damage to the artery in Christopher's brain that had allowed the clot to form. The surgery took somewhere around six hours; they have been running MRI's every two hours since. The surgeon said that all of the bleeding is stopped. We just got the phone call a few minutes ago; he is going to be fine, and is finally out of Recovery and back in his room in the ICU.
He will be coming home to a relieved and grateful family in three to four days.
A very dear and special friend of ours has arrived in my place, and will stay with my brother and his boys until no longer needed, so I no longer have to worry about my brother, or my nephews; they are in good, loving, capable hands.
I am so relieved; so happy to know that Christopher is going to be OK, relieved to know that my brother and his family have the help they will need for the next week or so.
I am so thankful for your support, and your prayers.
I am so completely grateful to God.
I am *so* going to get a good night's sleep...