Every day we pray for John’s health and so far this summer the Lord has answered our prayers! This Tuesday, John and I traveled to UVA’s brand new outpatient pediatric healthcare facility, The Battle Building, for his appointment. The new building was amazing! We feel so fortunate to be close to such exceptional care now in a gorgeous new space. And thankfully, John was in a great mood for his appointment! He usually hates EKGs and echos but this time he didn’t seem to mind. He was a sweet, happy baby, winning over all the staff with his adorable smile and big blue eyes. Everything looked fine. His echo still shows a mild to moderate leak in his AV valve but they are hoping the next surgery will improve that slightly. His weight was okay; they weren’t blown away but he’s still trending up. He’s now over 10 pounds! Overall, it was another good appointment.
Before John has his next heart surgery (the Glenn Procedure) this fall, he needs to have a cardiac catheterization. Basically, the doctors need to do this to get a more accurate picture of what’s going on in his heart to make an exact recommendation for the surgery date. His cath is scheduled for two weeks from today, Thursday, August 14. We will have an appointment the day before to go over all the details. If all goes well, he will be able to go home from the hospital the same day. If they go in and see something that needs immediate attention, he will need to stay overnight.
We would appreciate your prayers for these days. It turns my stomach to think about it. The cath isn’t anywhere near as serious as his other surgeries but it’s still a major procedure being done to our baby. And boy oh boy have we grown to love this little guy. He is a DELIGHT! His smile warms my heart. And he is so attentive! Everyone who meets him comments on how alert and engaged he is. It’s very encouraging to us!
Please pray that the procedure goes smoothly. They will need to sedate him and that’s always a risk for babies with heart disease. Please also pray that they see everything they need to see and make the right decision about when to do the Glenn. Thank you for praying! I truly believe your prayers make a difference.