Monday, October 5, 2009

10.05.09 - All Settled In

Liam is in recovery now in the PICU Cardio Unit here at Medical City. We have our own room and a one-on-one nurse 24/7 here. Liam will probably be in this unit for at least a week before he can move back down to the NICU. I was suprised how short they said the recovery hospital stay time for his surgery was only about 10-14 days.

The afternoon has been an emotional one for me. No one can prepare you for what happens after surgery - the way he looks and all the machines on his tiny little body was very hard for me to deal with. I tried so hard to prepare myself and visualize what I thought I would see and how I would cope with it, but no amount of preparation was enough for what we experienced. I know many good friends and family have maybe experienced this helpless feeling before, but it was a lot harder than what I had anticipated...

But Liam is really doing very well. Both the cardiologist and surgeon stopped by to see him just a little while ago and said everything went as smoothly as possible during the surgery and that they were both very pleased with how he is doing so far in recovery. Dustin and I have been sitting with Liam for a few hours now and are learning a LOT of medical information...It's a little overwhelming, but I am grateful for the such wonderful nurses and staff who are caring for our little guy.

It's been a long day here, so I will try to post more tomorrow. And upon strong recommendation from the PICU Cardio nurses, we will be going home tonight to try to get some sleep. Thanks again for all the love, prayers and support from everyone. It really means a lot for Dustin and I, and Liam of course =)


  1. What an awesome Lord we have and an awesome child in Liam. I really wish I could be there with you, but I've had the sniffles the last couple of days so needless to say it would not be a smart move. Know that you have been in my prayers. Have faith! I know first hand what you mean about the machines and all, but God and the doctors are awesome. My Goddaughter went through similar proceedings due to a condition called HLHS. Basically, she was born with only half a heart. Through God's divine will and the skill of her doctors, she is currently a happy 12 year old. BTW, they told her parents that HLSH is a condition not conducive to life. I watched her on the machines and prior to surgeries (over a 2 year period) and it is heart wrenching. But to see the end result, well the joy is overwhelming. Look forward to that joy. It will come with God's grace and the whole of Shiloh is waiting to rejoice as Liam enters our family. If there is anything I can do, let me know. We love you all,

  2. So glad to hear the surgery went well. Praying for Liam's complete recovery and for strength and rest for all of you!