What a day of many emotions on so many different levels. I’m a little emotionally exhausted, but I wanted to provide a quick update!
First, Gracie’s surgery went great. We got off to a late start, so they did not start the actual surgery until around 12. We were told to expect the surgery be around 3.5 hours, but 2 hours later, we were done! Before we knew it, we were whisked away to a room to meet with our surgeon to discuss the surgery. He told us that he really couldn’t explain why the surgery was so short, only that everything just went perfectly.
I told him it’s because we had so many people praying for her.
Thank you. I read all of your comments, posts, text messages, and emails and I cannot tell you what an impact that had on our family. I was brought to tears so many times from your outpouring of support. My friend, Becca, was right. The prayer of others is what sustained us.
We also had so many staff from Children’s come and find us because they had heard from one of you that we were here. Thank you for spreading the word. It is so nice to meet so many people that are in charge of caring for our Gracie. When we got to our CVICU room, we found out our nurse and nurse practicioner both go to our church and have other connections with us. Definitely ordained.
It’s hard to express the emotions of handing off your baby to strangers, knowing they are going to open her up, stop her heart, and operate on her. Completely overwhelming and terrifying. It is also amazing though! Gracie got her heart fixed. She will get to live a long and full life with her new heart.
We are currently weening Gracie off the ventilator so she will breathe fully on her own, and waiting for her to wake up. Please pray for this.
I won’t lie, she looks pretty bad. It was very shocking and it’s hard to see all the tubes and her huge incision. I’ll be grateful when she is breathing on her own and I can see her eyes.
Thank you again. Your prayers have meant so much.