Let me begin by saying that we had a WONDERFUL experience today at Batson! Everyone was just fabulous...we felt very very taken care of. Both Frank and I fully expected to come away from today with more anxiety about Monday because we would know more of the details. However, we both feel much more comfortable about the upcoming week after today's appointments. What an answer to prayer...we serve a MIGHTY God who hears the prayers of His people!
Caden woke up this morning and immediately noticed that he was late for his usual school wake up time. So I explained to him that we would not be going to school today. Instead we would be going to see a new heart doctor. I told him that this doctor and Dr. Braden thought that now is the time to do some more repair work on his heart. He seemed totally fine with it!! HUGE prayer answered there! I told him that we would be hearing all about the surgery and that he could feel free to ask any of the doctors or nurses whatever questions he had. He seemed happy with that.
We dropped Grayson off at my parents house, and we headed to the hospital. We were warned that this appointment would take some time, and they weren't kidding. We saw lots and lots of people, but it all went very quickly. We first headed up to the clinics and had the dreaded blood work done...this was the only time that tears were shed. The nurses were great because they told him what a good job he did during the needle part, and they let him pic some prizes from the toy room.
We headed back in the clinic after that, and they decided that we should go ahead and have another echo so that the hospital could have one on file that was performed "in house." Caden has had tons of these done before, so it was no biggie!
When we got back to our room, he was getting a little hungry, so he decided to have some skittles out of my bag. He thought it was awesome that I packed his lunch box with snacks...it truly is the little things!
When we had finished all of our appointments in the clinic, we went up to the pre-op floor and were seen by one of the pediatric dentists to get dental clearance for surgery. This took MAYBE 30 seconds...ha! Then we waited to be seen by anesthesia.
We are still on schedule for surgery first thing Monday morning. We are to be at the hospital at 5:30...good times! The surgery may last anywhere from 5-10 hours. It all depends on what procedure they decide to do once they get in there. First they will try and repair his existing valve. Once they have tried this, they will run tests and see if it is giving them the kind of results they want. If they are not happy with how the repair goes, they will go ahead with a valve replacement. Even with the replacement, they still have some procedural decisions to make. They can either go with a straight forward aortic valve replacement by tissue valve, or they may choose to go with a Ross Procedure. Please be in prayer for the decisions the surgeons will be making Monday once they get in to see what they think is best for Caden's heart. They all have their benefits and risks, so there is really no bad choice! Praise the Lord for modern medicine!! I'm still just always amazed at the things they can do. Caden will go from surgery to the PICU where he will stay for 24-48 hours. He will then move to the surgical step down unit where he will stay for a few nights. All in all we should be in the hospital for 5-7 days just depending on how things go.
Thank you all for the prayers that you have offered so far...we can truly feel God's peace wrapped around us!! Please keep on praying as we go into surgery Monday and for the recovery to follow. We deeply appreciate each one of you!!!