Thursday, March 7, 2013

Day 1 post surgery...

Please forgive me for not posting sooner today, our computer ran out of battery (David was busy doing school work whenever possible today) and we left the charger in our hotel room.  Grace is doing well.  She is still intubated, heavily sedated, on paralytics, and giving her Mommy heart attacks :-).  It didn't take long for David and I to be reminded of what a roller coaster ride it can be in the CVICU after major open heart surgery.  Things can be fine one second and not so fine the next... For instance, as her Dr's and nurses work to get one number under control (like her heart rate or blood pressure), one or two other numbers go out of whack.  This is all a normal process of recovery, but it doesn't mean it's easy for Mommy and Daddy to watch.  Praising God again for allowing David to stay with Grace while I go home to be with Abigail and Andrew (who we miss to pieces!!!!) because if I had to be at the hospital alone with Grace (riding the CVICU roller coaster alone) I might need heart surgery myself :-).  Please keep the prayers coming for Grace's numbers to all even out and that the left side of her heart and valve will be able to take on the additional work load and GROW!  Thank you prayer warriors!!!

Another part of our adventure is the fact that we stand out like a sore thumb here in Boston...  Surely people look at the way we are dressed (especially David) and think "CLEARLY they aren't from here..."  This is what David wore yesterday in 30 degree, rainy weather (we were just entering the hospital after walking outside)...
Here is what he wore today in 30 degree, windy and snowy weather (my light fleece sweatshirt)...  You will notice he's squinting because we discovered that it is uncomfortable when snow pelts you in the eyeballs :-)

3 comments:

The Keierleber Family said...

Praying!

Elise said...

I've been chopping at the bit waiting for an update! Two days closer to going home! David is a strong guy!! He doesn't even look cold in the pictures. I'd look like a shivering chihuahua :/

Joyce said...

I'm so glad to hear from you. My prayers are with You and David, as well as continuing to pray for Gracie's full and quick recovery. It sounds like things are going as the Doctors expected, which is good news!

I do have to say that I can't believe David is wearing so little in such freezing cold weather. I could see him doing the polar bear swim, but we better not give him any ideas!

You guys should at least wear really warm socks, scarves and hats, especially if you are wearing just a fleece jacket. I have found that small item layers are the best.

It is going to be so wonderful for you to see A & A. They are going to be very excited to see you and feel all of your hugs and kisses....

You and David should Skype while he is still there. I don't know if you have ever done it before, but it is simple, and so great to talk to each other face to face. It's free too!!!

You guys have a good night sleep.... We all will look forward to hearing from you tomorrow for an update.