Surgery changes…..

Nothing like getting a call first thing in the morning from your surgeon’s office to shake your day up!

They were calling to tell me that the new cardiac move to Children’s would not take place for a couple of more weeks!  Sooooooo…….

We could postpone our surgery or we could have it at UAB, which is were they have been having them.

For us postponing is not an option.  Neely is doing so great.  The cardiologist had told us to expect her to start doing worse as we approached the surgery date.  I hate to take the chance that we would be taking a SICK baby into surgery versus a WELL baby.  So October 11th it is!

One of the changes is that she will actually be ADMITTED on October 10th when we go in to do her pre-op.  So instead of spending our night before surgery with her in a comfy hotel, we’ll be in a room at UAB.

They will take her back early that morning on Thursday and her surgery should begin about 7:30 am. She will be the first surgery of the day versus the second.   This morning on the phone she said to expect surgery to last about 3 to 4 hours. Not sure what all this includes because we keep hearing various numbers.  So for now we’ll go with that.

She will then stay in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) for about 48 hours after her surgery.  This is different from Children’s where we would have been in a private room. 😦  After that she will move to the pediatric floor at UAB for the remainder of her stay there.  If all goes as planned, she will be at UAB 7 to 10 days.

I will be able to stay with her the entire time she is in the CICU except at shift change which will be about four hours total per day.  Thinking that is going to be a looooooooong four hours for this momma!

Although I am sad to not have all the NEWNESS of the Children’s Cardiac area, I am comforted in the fact that I feel like we KNOW UAB.  We know where the showers are, where the sleeping rooms are, were Starbucks is (so important…..), what’s good and NOT good to eat.

God knew that I was surrounded by a cloud of uncertainty with the new Children’s.  No one seemed to have all the answers to my questions because they were unsure with the move coming up.  I know that He wanted me to have a sense of HOME about being there.  See yesterday’s post!  God is so good!

Until next time,

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