We received a call from our surgeon's office this week. We have a consult scheduled in July, pre-op on August 7th, and gulp! the surgery will be on August 8th. Of this year. In a few months. In 69 days.
My heart is lurching from the knowledge of what will happen to my baby. His heart will be placed outside of his body and in a machine. They are going to open his chest up and wire it shut. He will be hooked up to every type of tube imaginable. He will have a zip-line forever on his chest. We'll be in the hospital for almost a week. If there are complications, a bit longer.
The healing process is 6 to 8 weeks, but I am positive the images will be burned into my heart forever. Ironic choice of words.
The surgeon is nationally known for pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. He's been around the block many times. That comforts me. I don't know him, but I know he is going to take care of my baby when he is on his table. This type of CHD surgery has a 98% success rate. That is a risk we are totally willing to take on!
My village is praying, sending positive thoughts, and asking what they can do for us. Honestly, all we can do is continue to pray for our family and please pray/send thoughts for the Doctor and Nurses that will be caring for Miles. Give them rest the night before, peace the day of, and a super uneventful surgery.
Miles is going to be much healthier and will have fully oxygenated blood going to all his body! He is going to be able to run and actually keep up with his 3 older brothers.
He is going to be fine.