Patrick is in pre-op right now. Emily said that Dr. Friel (the surgeon) had already been in to talk with them. They are waiting to consult with the anesthesiologist. Dr. Friel told them he expects to begin the procedure around 4:30pm and that, if Patrick does need a colostomy, the procedure will last about 4 hours.
Along with your usual prayers, please pray for stamina as Emily and Patrick are having a much longer day than anticipated.