Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pre-Op: Part 1

We walked into Riley this morning just before 11 o'clock carrying our sweet and calm Sylvie who looks completely healthy. There's no way we can be prepared for everything we'll encounter in these next few days, but one thing I hadn't found time to prepare for was all the other visibly sick kids here at Riley.

I nearly lost it five minutes into Pre-op.

But when I looked up, I saw a framed picture of an enormous, blue butterfly. Then another, smaller butterfly in the tiles lining the hallways. I counted a total of seven butterflies as we walked the labyrinth of hallways attempting to find Patient Registration and the Heart Center. He sure does love us.

And all the while, as I clutched my phone to my chest, it buzzed away with texts and emails from all of you loving us through this time. 

We were shown our pre-op room where we answered routine questions and had Sylvie's height, weight, heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation levels checked. Her oxygen levels have dropped to 85%. It was sad to see that number, so I'm thankful surgery is slated for tomorrow.

After blood was drawn for labs (her first tears of the day) and the quivering lip banished, we set out for our tour of the unit en-route to x-ray.

I was surprised to see the surgery waiting room packed with people. I can't believe that we are going to be there tomorrow and I find myself wishing we could just hide in a little corner by ourselves. But it is what it is. I'm sure there is a weird feeling of solidarity amongst strangers as we think of our children and patiently wait.

As we sat and waited for our turn at x-ray, she fell asleep.

She woke up calmly to have her two chest x-rays and never made a peep; just smiled at me while the nurse held her arms above her head. Sweet girl.

We have a short break now. I'm blogging and eating while we wait for the second half of pre-op. Next up: time of surgery, Turrentine's Nurse Practitioner, anesthesiology, and the esteemed Turrentine.

We love you guys. Thanks for checking in.

1 comment:

  1. Praying with you!!! Love you dear friend <3 May you feel the arms of Jesus carrying you through this.
    Lauren & Steve