Saturday, April 23, 2011

2nd Day of Consultation

I'm trying to update this as much as possible while I go through this process. It is a little difficult with not having a lot of time but I think it is important to catch what I'm feeling at the time versus a few days later. Anyway yesterday was day two of my consultation. Knowing I was a candidate physically really made going into day two a little easier. Day two started  meeting with the doctor that will take care of Andrew if he is born too early. She gave us the cold hard facts as I like to call them. One of the biggest risks of having this surgery is the possibility of him coming too early. The goal is to make it to 37 weeks but as long as he comes anytime after 30 weeks most of the risks should go down (I'm 21 weeks now). It is definitely scary but again I have to keep going with my heart that this surgery will help Andrew.

The next meeting was with the head nurse that went over what will happen the day of the surgery from a-z. She even walked us to the double doors  of the operating room and showed me where my husband would have to stop. It was very dramatic and kind of like the movies. He is allowed to hold my hand up to a  line on the floor and then they whisk me to the operating room. I could have probably been spared all the details of the actual surgery. I get squeamish over a paper cut so hearing everything that is about happen on Tuesday made me a little nauseous. I just kept picturing Andrew's legs moving on the ultrasound and if there is a chance to keep that movement I will do anything.

The third meeting we had was a hard one. I try to stay as positive as possible but I also have my down moments. This was one of them. A social worker took us on a tour of the Newborn ICU. We got to see where Andrew will go after he is born. Seeing the babies in the ICU was tough. A month ago at this time I was window shopping at the Baby Gap wondering if I would be buying blue or pink outfits. Now I'm touring the ICU in Philly. Knowing your baby is going to need to go to the ICU after he comes into this world isn't exactly how you picture it when you find out you are pregnant. The social worker could see I was starting to lose it and she made a really good point. She said if Andrew is here then he made it through the prenatal surgery and he made it to the end goal so I should look at the ICU as a good thing. This did make me feel better.

Well this will be my last post until about a week after the surgery. My husband will update the blog after my surgery. Please keep Andrew in your prayers this is a big week for him.


  1. Big prayers headed your way!

  2. Be strong and think positive Kelly!! I will be thinking of you..

  3. "Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's." 2 Chronicles 20:15 :D My prayers are with you all.

  4. Hi,

    I read your story in our local oil city paper today and wanted to let you know that little andrew and you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Isaiah41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you,Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    Our Lord is there with your baby and you and will be there through this journey. My own niece spent her first months of life in a nicu due to being born with a heart condition. God worked a miracle for her and deep inside I know if He can do that for her then He can also do it for your son.

    May God's strength, love, comfort, peace, and grace be with you all.

  5. You have both already proven to be amazing parents and since Andrew seems to have really lucked out in the parent department, I am feeling very positive about his ability to do well in surgery. Kelly, I wish you both well during the procedure - the three of you deserve nothing but the very best.

    I wish I could be there to offer more support, plus it would just be nice to see you again after so many years.

    Sending love and hugs from Houston,
    Cousin Jamie

  6. Hi Kelly,
    I just found your blog through the SBC website. Good Luck (I guess it's already done!)
    Thoughts and prayers for you and little Andrew!

  7. You two are strong, amazing people who have a strong, amazing little boy. So much love and support exists for Andrew already...I'll be praying for all of you. Andrew is lucky to have such remarkable parents.
    Jill [Neely] Reardon