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27 July 2011

The Day Before

Our busy day started out like this...
Doesn't he look so peaceful? We stayed in a hotel room up in Denver since our appointment was so early in the morning. Truett woke up around 5 and he was freezing (you know how temperamental hotel heating and cooling systems can be!), so I enjoyed some early morning snuggles.

At 7:30 am, we met the sweetest lady, Lindsey, at the hospital. She took us around to the first portion of our meetings. Our first stop was the lab for a blood draw. After the initial poke of the needle, Truett just stared down the guy who was doing the draw. He was such a little trooper.

Here we are at the start of our day...

After the blood draw, Truett had a chest x-ray and then we moved on to the cardiac area where he had a check-up, EKG, and an echo (sonogram). Here we are all hooked up for the EKG. Truett did not enjoy this part of the day very much at all. I don't blame him...look at all those wires!

Finally the poking and prodding portion of our day ended, and Truett totally cashed out.
He slept through our tours of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU-where T will go as soon as he's out of surgery) and the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit (CPCU-where he will go on the second or third day after surgery and remain for the rest of his stay). We had great meetings with the surgeon and with the anaesthesiologist. I feel so confident in their ability to do their jobs well, and to take great care of our sweet boy tomorrow. We felt as though it were an incredible blessing to have the opportunity to become familiar with the facility and with the staff during our visit today. The hospital is beautiful and there are so many wonderful ways in which they care for the families of heart babies.

After we finished up at the hospital we enjoyed a late lunch, and Truett did some more of this...

They sent us home with a special soap to clean Truett up with tonight. He wasn't all that thrilled with his 'spa treatment'. Ha!

And, right there on his left side is where the incision will be. They will cut from his side around to his back and then separate 2 of his ribs in order to perform the surgery. He'll likely have a breathing tube down his nose, a drain near the incision, a central line in his neck, 2 other lines in his right arm and an i.v. in the left arm. I do not look forward to seeing my little boy all 'messed up' but I have great hope that this will help him to live a long and healthy life. We pray for the Lord's hand to be evident throughout the coming days. I know he will watch over our baby boy tomorrow while he's in surgery, and I know that he will give us the grace to wait patiently throughout the day.
Thanks so much for following along with us as we embark on this unexpected journey. We are so grateful for all of your prayers during the coming days!


  1. Will think about you guys and hope all will go well! My baby girl is 11 weeks today and has a VSD, and might need heart surgery in a few months if things won't solve on its own...

  2. I'm SO glad you're comfortable and confident with the surgical team. God is definitely in charge, and He will be in that operating room with Truett, but this way, you'll be at peace (at least some?) knowing the human hands that will be there, too.
    You'll be amazed in a couple of years how all of this will be a distant memory, and he'll be running around and acting ALL BOY. :)
    I'll be praying for all of you tomorrow.

  3. Praying for you all today! May you experience God's peace and experience His presence in ways you never have before. Your faith and complete trust in Him is so evident. 2 Thess 3:16 "Now may the Lord of PEACE himself give you peace at ALL times in EVERY way." Praying you through the days ahead!

  4. I am praying for your sweet baby. The hardest part will be when they take him back to surgery and he leaves your arms. Hopefully the surgery is over as I type and he is doing well. Such a sweet little guy. Please keep us informed. (((((HUGS))))

  5. Lots and lots of thoughts coming at you right now!

  6. My heart and my thoughts are with you as I pray though this day for Truett.

  7. I continue to lift you all up in prayer today. I'll look forward to hearing an update.

  8. i'll pray that the surgery will go well and the ask the Lord to make him well... ivyworis@yahoo.com (malaysia)

  9. We have prayed for you all during this hard day of waiting and worrying. Your pictures of all the "events" from the day prior are all too familiar. We also pray for you both in regards to seeing you sweet baby boy right after surgery...it can be hard to see and we pray for strength. The CICU and CPCU are filled with amazing people who will care deeply for Truett. May the Lord heal him quickly and give you peace.--Valerie