We're back at home....sweet home! Wow - if this was just four days, and didn't even involve surgery, how in the world did we get through 4 weeks of this the last time we were there?!? I guess that wold be called God's grace and mercy - getting us through a time that seemed impossible. But anyway, back to 2013!
Procedure day went as well as could be expected. Things did get delayed (surprise!), Nate complained about being hungry, but did okay with all the waiting. We got in shortly after 11 am, started the anesthesia with the IV this time (didn't enjoy that, but it was quick, and we haven't talked about it since!). The MRI and 3D echo took about 2 1/2 hours. Recovery in at the MRI unit took a bit longer than usual. The anesthetist, when beginning the intubation said Nate was just full, full, full of secretions. She said is was pretty bad. After the procedure she did some serious suctioning, and got him cleaned out, but did advise that there was something else going on - possibly with sinuses being infected or a ridiculous build up from his cough that he had. Anyway, after an hour there, we moved up to the ward at about 3pm. The typical recovery from anesthesia played out, but by 7 pm all systems were 'go' and we were ready to leave.
Today was a day of travel back to Winkler, via a crazy cab ride (can you say a nine-point turn to get out of the hotel parking lot???? Don was ready to volunteer to drive himself!!) out to the Edmonton airport, then on to Calgary and back home.
So thankful for safety through travels and procedures.
Thankful for parents, who cared for Brady and gave him safety and stability while we were away.
Thankful for elite medical professionals, in a specialized centre for their knowledge, skill and care.
Thankful for understanding employers who allow us to take time off without an issue.
Thankful for the best friends and family who support us, care for us, show their love in many different ways, and commit to praying for us as a family and ultimately for Nate's healing.
Thankful for other heart families who are taking this journey with us - for their understanding, advice, prayers and love.
Thankful beyond words for our Heavenly Father who gives us strength for each moment, and hope for each new day.
All the waiting....
After the hard part of recovery was done, we got a good smile out of him!
Hot wheels from the treasure chest and a Blue Jays toque from the ward.