Eloise will be having her 5th heart surgery next friday, May 9th. This is not one of the original scheduled ones that we knew she would have to have.
Eloise, in one year, has gained not even a pound. For those who understand medical terms, her oxygen saturation is at 78-79%. To give you an idea of how tiny she is, she will be two in June and now in the end of April she weighs almost 19 pounds. Her little heart is beating so fast to produce enough oxygenated blood to allow her to survive that she is burning every bit of caloric nutrience that enters her body. The goal of the surgery is to open up more pathway (arteries/veins) to allow more blood flow from her heart. This will hopefully slow her heart down. They also plan on closing off the arteries that are taking the blood flow away from the lungs (where the blood is oxygenated), allowing her O2 saturations to increase. She is an extremely blue baby right now, we want to “pinken” her up a little.
Okay, enough of the details, how you can pray:
-pray for the surgeons, they will prep her for open heart, but they plan to start with a heart catheter going in through both sides of her neck and both sides of her groin. PRay that they can achieve their goals through these ports and they do not have to open her chest up. Pray that they can see the problem and fix it. Pray for the anesthesiologist, putting babies with severe heart defects under anesthesia is very dangerous and hard on their bodies.
-pray for Eloise, now that she is older she is able to communicate a little more, but her understanding of pain is a lot more invasive. She already does not like doctors (wonder why :).
-pray for me as I try to console her and keep her calm during the recovery (which we are not sure at this point as to what it will involve)
-pray that I can remain strong and composed for her and for my family. Pray that Sam and Abe during this time.
-pray for quick healing.
Okay now for the good news: OUR GOD IS SO GREAT.
Her last surgery (other than the tubes that she had put in her ears in Feburary) was May of 2007. At that point Clayton and I asked the Lord to please give Eloise and us, as her parents, one year. One year of health, of growth, and of connection time with her that we had lost over the last year.
Do you know that this surgery falls 1 year and two days after her last one.
God is so good. He answered our prayer.
That is the promise that we are clinging to with this one. He is a God who watches over us, loves us, and answers when we call upon him.
Thank you friends for praying. I will keep you posted as much as I can.