The past few days have been a whirlwind of excitement, blessings and tender moments wrapped into one. Although a roller coaster of emotions, it's a ride that I'm glad to be on because we get to be with our Sweet Charlotte.
We've experienced many small blessings along the way and continue to count more. What seems to be a roadblock often times ends up paving the way for something greater. Take for instance the struggle with securing a secondary central line for Charlotte. Thanks to finding a secondary IV line in her head yesterday, the medical team was able to surgically secure a central line in her groin which will aide in the surgery tomorrow. We are calling this 'early surgery prep' and are pleased to be ahead of the game.
Her kidney oxygen content was running on the lower side but then corrected itself avoiding a blood transfusion on Saturday. She will most likely have one this afternoon in preparation for tomorrow's surgery to restore what has been lost from blood draws and her surgical procedure yesterday.
We were told not to expect to hold Baby Charlotte until our "one time hold" pre-surgery, yet I've already held my precious angel twice. You can imagine my surprise on Saturday as she was placed in my arms. And again on Sunday. Or, the true joy that Patrick and I experienced as we witnessed our priest baptize Charlotte yesterday afternoon. I will never be able to explain the feeling I felt as I stood there with Father, Patrick and our baby girl. Not to mention the peace that filled my heart as Father anointed our sweet baby. He spoke about the miraculous healing which came to another baby after she received the anointing of the sick sacrament. Soon, I will be writing Charlotte's testimony of miraculous healing, just as sure as I am telling her to stop running in the house. I look forward to that.
With all of these small miracles under our belts, I know that tomorrow's surgery is a big mountain to climb, but Charlotte can do it. Please pray for Dr. Mendleoff and his team as they operate on Sweet Charlotte. Pray for an uncomplicated surgery and recovery period, which is the most critical time (first 72 hours post surgery.) We pray that Charlotte recovers with minimal pain and suffering and that she feels His presence always. Specifically, we pray for a SOFT DRAIN TUBE to be used which Charlotte will have post surgery. This is for ease of removal post surgery as well as for her comfort.
The surgery begins bright and early tomorrow at 7:10 am and is about an 8 hour process. Please keep MISS CHARLOTTE in your prayers and in your hearts as God performs yet another miracle in healing her.