Feb 11, 2009

A Visit with the Great Grandparents



Davis' great-grandparents (Michael's grandparents) came to visit today. It was wonderful to see them and Davis did a great job staying stable for their visit. We're glad they came to see him today, because the nurses have told us that the next few days might be a little bumpy as Davis recovers from his surgery, which is scheduled for tomorrow around noon. 

We know that Davis has to have the repair, and that it's the beginning of his road to truly healing and eventually coming home. Still, it's scary. He holds my finger with his tiny little hand, and I realize how small he is and I'm afraid for him to have such a major procedure. He's been strong so far and we just pray that he'll do as well as he has so far. 

Some people have asked what the surgery involves. They'll make an incision below his ribs on the left side (where his diaphragm is herniated), and then move his intestines and stomach from his chest to his abdomen. Then, they'll repair the hole in his diaphragm. Depending on the size of the hole, they'll repair it either a) by stitching the diaphragm back together b) by using a muscle from elsewhere to patch it up c) by using a patch, like gortex or pig intestine. We're hoping the hole is small and won't need a patch, as that increases the risk of reherniation later and would be more prone to infection. 

When Davis gets out of surgery, we may be back to square one in terms of his stability. He may need to go back on the jet ventilator, go back up on his blood pressure meds, etc... we'll see, there's no way to tell until tomorrow. We love his team and feel strongly that they'll take the best care of him possible. 

25 comments:

Maxton's Mommy said...

thinking of Mr. Davis and you guys.. especially tomorrow! Many prayers.

Anonymous said...

You all will be in my every thought tomorrow...
Please tell Davis how much I love him...give him big virtual hugs from me.
I love you so much!
Aunt Catherine

Rhonda Cassada said...

Hey ms carolyn! I've checked your post everyday to check on davis and his progress! I love seeing his little face and the happiness on yours. I will continue to send my prayers for him through his surgery tomorrow......love you all!

Brad, Kellie, Lucy and Baby Carter said...

We'll be on pins & needles tomorrow. Trust in the surgeon--they are experts and will take great care of Davis. Prepare for a roller coaster ride post-op but hope for smooth sailing. One step closer to going home with that little miracle!

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, I'm thinking of you. This blogspot is so wonderful. Davis is so lucky to have such positive, warm, loving parents! I'm thinking about you and praying. I hope you were able to bring Jakers with you. love love love, Mariah

AmazonNEden said...

My family and I are going into prayer super-mode! You and Davis will have a wealth of angels watching over you tomorrow, so rest easy. Hang in there! I love you all so much!!!
*Noelle

Linda said...

Sending all good thoughts, prayers and love to both of you and to Davis. He is amazingly strong and he's showing his toughness every day - tomorrow will be no different.
We love you!!
Linda, David & Scott

Anonymous said...

Davis I pray your repair is the smallest repair ever. And I pray you have a speedy recovery.

Anonymous said...

Sleep tonight, Davis and save your strength. Tomorrow is Miracle Day. I know you sense all the love. May it wrap you and comfort you.

I think you will be just fine because I know you are showing you know how to give your best.

You could not have been born to better parents, this I know. You know it too. We all are proud. Proud and humbled by your struggle.

Nick Friedman, Jen Kelly...The Duckpond Pottery said...

I just found your blog and have just finished reading all of your posts...I'll be thinking about you three tomorrow and sending lots of positive energy your way...Nick and I will also remind everyone we see tomorrow to please do the same.

Little Davis looks beautiful. Congratulations and I hope all goes smoothly tomorrow.

Jen

The Homleids said...

Davis, you're a strong little boy and we know that Jesus and His angels are watching over you. We are also praying for all the medical staff that administer to you and your parents.
Our love is with you all!!!
Greg, Robyn & Axel
PS - If only you could have heard Axel's bedtime prayer for Davis. Not a dry eye in the house. He really showed such concern and love - we look at Davis's picture and follow his progress every day.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all today.

The Vierig's said...

Prayers are on!!! Kick butt little guy and we can't wait to meet you!

Anonymous said...

All eyes are turned to God today around noon. Wishing you all the best..

Kristen & Noland said...

I woke up this morning with Davis on my mind. I must have been dreaming about him or something. We lifted up prayers this morning for Davis and his medical team and will continue to do so throughout the day. Davis is such a little fighter; he definitely gets his strength from his mommy and daddy. Love you all, Kristen & Noland

Anonymous said...

Love you all with all my heart. Gee

kat said...

love you davis & crew! praying for you as always

xoxo

Brad, Kellie, Lucy and Baby Carter said...

Thinking of Davis today. Let us know how it goes.

Tracy Meats said...

Thinking of Davis today and saying lots of prayers for a successful surgery!! Keep fighing Davis!!

Tracy Meats - mom to Ian, born with a LCDH on 4/3/04 and WY and CO State Rep. for CHERUBS

Carol Hodges said...

Dear Lindsey and Michael,
Wow! I just had no idea! I just read through your beautiful journal. You've had a most challenging start to parenthood. However, I know that trials are what make us stronger as we seek the Lord for hope, comfort and understanding regardless of our circumstances. We are so happy Davis is so strong (just as his mom and dad are)! Please know that we will be lifting you up in prayer today. We will ask for a skilled hand and a successful surgery. Much Love, Carol and Vince

Anonymous said...

Lord,
Please guide the surgeons' hands, and please bring a peaceful calm to his parents and family during the surgery and recovery.

Dance630 said...

I've been thinking of you guys all morning and will continue to all afternoon and evening. I love you so much, and have all the faith in the world that things will go beautifully. Tell Davis that Noelle loves him very very much.
Hugs and Kisses!
*Noelle

Jody Thornton said...

Hey guys,
Tried to leave a comment last nite but computer wouldn't cooperate.
Hope things have gone well today, we are anxiously awaiting a post. You are in our thoughts a prayers.
Jody and Bill Thornton

Anonymous said...

Sending all three of you postive energy and healing thoughts.
Tracey Johnston-Crum

Hillary Siedler said...

Carolyn and Mike, Just read all the updates - thank you so much for keeping us all informed. I send out massive prayers and love for Davis and his mommy and daddy. I love you guys. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you back in Asheville.

Hillary