Mom met Becky about thirty minutes before she was transported for surgery. It was enough time to make a brief acquaintance and take a couple of pictures.
We called Gina, a good friend of Mom’s from Clements Hospital in Dallas. Gina is a Baptist Minister and she prayed something fierce over Becky. I’ve never heard anyone pray the Our Father with such heart.
Then it was time to make the long walk over towards the Children’s Hospital.
We met with the anesthesiologist and surgeon to discuss Becky’s operation. They patiently answered all of my questions. I signed several release forms, which made it all the more real. Mom and I had few brief moments to say our goodbyes. It was the first time that I have cried today. But I sent Becky away with confidence, knowing that she is in the best of hands and surrounded by abundant prayer.
Mom and I came back to the NICU to wait. We made some phone calls, enjoyed some coffee, and a grabbed a quick nap. Then we had an epic video call with my kids. There was dancing, singing, and general goofiness. All of this distracted me and helped to pass the time.
As the afternoon turned into evening, we prayed a rosary.
My little warrior just returned from surgery. It was very successful! The surgeon said there was definitely a malrotation and it required significant dissection of the bands. The surgeon said that Becky might have been able to digest milk but she would not have been able to handle solid food without the surgery.
A G-tube has been placed to help feed Becky and get her good and fat for her open heart surgery in the coming months. Becky was closely monitored by a cardiac anesthesiologist due to her heart condition. She held her own during surgery and her breathing tube has been removed.
She is resting comfortably and the nurses are confident they can manage her pain. Now she needs to rest and heal. The intestines will be sleepy over the next few days/weeks so she will not be able to eat. They have placed a central line to provide hydration and nutrition.
I am relieved, craving a hamburger, and very grateful for all of the concern and prayers!