Saturday, May 25, 2013

One month...

One month from today, Frankie will be getting his first (hopefully only) belly surgery. Sheesh, my heart aches. 

Frank the Tank!!!!!!!! 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Holy moly, it's happening!

We took Frankie to see pediatric surgery today (Dr. Keller) and he is ready to start Frankie's O repair/closure surgery! Hopefully only one surgery is necessary but most likely a couple. 

SURGERY IS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 25th! Early morning. Not sure on an exact time until the day before. 

Is this really happening? I swear I just was in the OR delivering him and being terrified! And I swear we were just in the NICU wondering when we could take our baby home! I'm happy, scared, nervous all at the same time! This is a MAJOR, MAJOR step. Like, the beginning of the end! Wow! -tears in my eyes- 

Keller is hoping to put a g-tube in at the time of surgery but if he has to use alloderm, he's going to wait until it's healed to do that. Otherwise there's far too much risk for infection. We DO NOT need that! Dr. Keller is very confident in Frankie and thinks he will do great. He said his heart was the worst of it all and since that's all fixed, this should be a breeze for Frankie! Very hopeful that is the way things will go! He's been through the toughest part already so he should rock this! Keller anticipates us being there for a week. Being in the ICU the first night as long as there's no complications. Then we will move to the surgery floor. 

I am typically on top of all my questions and concerns, but today I was just fumbling over my words once he said let's do this! All my questions went out the door, lost in space. I was a nervous wreck. I had I apologize to the doc because I was all over the place. He understood! 

Anyhow, I'm rambling. This is a big deal and I have all the faith in the world that Frankie will do well and that the doctors and nurses will take exceptional care of him, as usual. This is just so scary. These next 6 weeks are going to be tough for me, emotionally but as a family and with all of the love and support we get, we will all get through! 

If there's questions (since my mind is all over), don't hesitate to ask me! 

Send your prayers to Frankie! Love you all! And thank you SO MUCH! 
Chilling at the doctor today! :) 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Can I get an Amen?!

Cardiology visit today was AMAZING! Frankie has yet again, defied the odds and kicked ass! Prayers work! 

So here's how it went. Frankie had an echo done to look at his asd repair and pphn. Surgery wanted Dr. Grady (cardiologist) to give the okay for them to repair his belly if his heart and lungs could handle it. Frankie did great during the echo. Chilled, watched his Elmo with daddy while Lu ate (as usual!). We went back to our room and Grady came in and gave the best news!  NO evidence of pphn anymore! And the okay for belly surgery! AND no more sildenafil (Viagra)! He's been on that since birth! So now Frankie takes NO medications! How freaking sweet is that?! Dr. Grady feels as if Frankie will do well as he's shown us he can do. He said he may or may not do an echo right before the surgery since he will be off the meds but he's pretty much out grown his dose so there may be no need to do one. If that's the case, we won't see him for a year! Unless complications arise during belly surgery. 

Joe and I are beside ourselves. This is the best news we've had in a long time! For them to tell us no evidence of pphn is unreal. When we first were told about it and explained the complications and the likely hood of him outgrowing it, we were so scared. It very well could've been what took his life. I remember the doctors just doing trial and error and being hopeful things would work and they have! Tears were in our eyes! And thankfulness in our hearts! It's not over yet but dang, what a hurdle that's been overcome! This child is truly a miracle! He doesn't even know how amazing he is yet! He's so special, a blessing. And I can't wait to see what all his life has in store for him! 

Thursday we meet with the surgeons and I will update again after that. THANK YOU, THANK YOU all for all the prayers and support. They're working. For sure. Hopefully this belly surgery is the last hurdle for the tank to overcome. Love to you all! 

Here are some pictures of his belly today. And step by step of how we wrap it. Pardon his weewee. I don't have an app to edit pictures on my phone. 

Applying Xeroform:
Wrapping with gauze:
Ace bandage:
And complete!