"The Plan" (in quotes because who knows if this baby has his own plan!!) is for us to travel to Atlanta in time for Thomas's delivery, which will be some time around 39 weeks.
He will be born at Northside Hospital, stabilized, and then will be transferred to Egleston Children's Hospital.
He will be in the Cardiac ICU at Egleston, where they will study him from head to toe as they prepare him for surgery.
He will have three surgeries....
the Norwood, performed within the first week of life
the Glenn, performed at 3-6months,
and the Fontan, which is done between 2-4 years of age.
The Norwood is by far the scariest procedure, and the most dangerous. He will be very fragile even after he recovers until he has the Glenn procedure.
We will be in Atlanta for several weeks with Thomas (average hospital stay is 3-4 weeks)
We will use this blog to keep everyone updated as frequently as we can, and we are so thankful for everyone's love and support!
We will do our best to respond to emails, texts, and calls, but we will be pretty preoccupied with our little boy! (and you can't use your phone in the ICU!)
In the CICU he will be very fragile, and is only allowed two visitors at a time.
We will probably be exhausted, stressed, and learning a crash course in cardiothoracic surgery and cardiac physiology. Because of this, it is really not a good time for visitors. We will let you know when things stabilize and that changes!
We can't tell you how much we appreciate all of the offers to come visit while we are in Atlanta!
We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family, and we are so thankful for your support and prayers!
Love, Mel & TJ