Sunday, November 20, 2011
The Day Before
Thomas is going to the OR tomorrow for his Norwood procedure.....the first of the three heart surgeries needed to repair his hypoplastic left heart. Originally we were told he would go around noon, but now they are saying it will probably be 8am or 9am. We are nervous, but know there is no choice here. We are thankful he will be in wonderfully skilled hands tomorrow, and know that he is constantly in God's hands.
We had a wonderful evening with our sweet boy. Our nurses let me hold him in a chair today. It was so special, and I wouldn't trade that time for anything in the world. I cried because I was so happy to finally have the chance to hold him! After we put him back down he opened his eyes for us! His eyes haven't really been open since the first night he was born, as they are usually matted shut. I have been praying that he would open his eyes for us. He was looking around and looking at us.....it was priceless!
We know that whatever happens tomorrow, our lives will never be the same because of what we have been through so far, and what is yet to come with Thomas.
Please pray for Thomas when you think of him tomorrow!
Dr. Kogon and Dr. Kirshbom- for wisdom, clear heads, steady hands, and for endurance for the long procedure
For Thomas- pray that he won't have any pain and won't be scared
Pray that he will know how much we love him
Pray that he will be safe on heart-lung bypass- for no bleeds, air bubbles, or clots
Pray for protection for his brain and other organs
Pray that he can successfully come off of bypass at the end of the procedure
Pray that he will exceed everyone's expectations and that the procedure will go perfectly, without any complications
Pray that he will remain free from infection
The first 48 hours will be the scariest....please keep us all in your prayers during this time.
Pray for us to be brave as we send our baby into surgery. Help us to be strong and have a sense of peace tomorrow.
We are praying without ceasing for our precious Thomas. I am reminding myself that God gave us this sweet baby, and that "all of the days ordained for him were written in your book before one of them came to be." (Ps 139:16)
This song "Let Go" by Matt Hammitt seems very appropriate for tomorrow. Although we don't want to let go of Thomas, we have to let go of the whole situation, and know that God loves us and is in control.
Thanks so much for all of your love, support, and prayers.
I don't think we could get through all of this without it!
Melissa, TJ, & Thomas