Friday, September 19, 2008

Surgery Rescheduled

Primary Children's called today and Graci's surgery will be MONDAY!! So soon-- which is wonderful in many ways, but kind of took my breath away. Part of me had hoped for some more time to just enjoy her and not worry about anything. We spoke to the head surgeon on the phone and though he went over possible complications and risks, he was overall very optimistic about everything. (: I will have to take Graci in to repeat her labs on Sunday (UGH) because the bloodwork has to be done within two days of the surgery. Then we will show up for surgery bright and early at 6 a.m. The surgeon expects to be done sometime that afternoon, and she'll go straight to the PICU. We are bracing for a 2-5 week hospital stay, but are hoping that it's only one week like last time-- what a miracle that was! The main things they will be doing during the surgery is closing her VSD (the hole in her heart), replacing synthetic valve with cadaver or pig valve, and ballooning some arteries.

As I was typing this, Graci came running in with a package. She was jumping up and down and saying, "TWO PACKAGES FOR GRACI-- WOO-HOO!" Yesterday she had gotten a package from her cousins with letters and crayons, and today she got a package from Auntie Heather with a cute pillowcase for the hospital. She was SO EXCITED and exclaimed, "EVERYONE loves me, huh!" Then she gave me a huge hug and just started jumping up and down again. So cute. She is such a ray of sunshine.

Yes, everyone loves you, Graci!!! So many people are praying for you and wishing you well!!!!!!!!!!



  1. Grandma and Grandpa Nelson love Graci. We are so excited to get her surgery over with. We are looking forward to coming tomorrow and staying for awhile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Good luck with the surgery. Graci will definitely be in our prayers. We'll be praying for a speedy recovery too!!

  3. I will be thinking of you all on Monday. Don't worry - everything will be fine. Graci sounds like a tough cookie. We miss you!


  4. Even everyone in Tennesse loves Graci even though we haven't met her...we feel like we kinda know her since you were here during some of the process!!! We hope the surgery goes well and you will all be in our prayers