Wow. It's Friday. Today I go and pick up the Lovenox shots for Jethro. Tonight will be his last dose of Coumadin before surgery, and then Sunday, we start the Lovenox shots. I really dislike giving my baby shots, but it is a teeny tiny little needle, and it's just a little bit of meds, so it's not too terribly bad. However, he always looks at me, like, "you're not supposed to be doing this to me, Mama!" :-( I am very thankful that so far, God has blessed me with the fortitude to do whatever I have needed to for this precious child. And make no mistake, lots of prayer goes in to each new skill!
Jethro's nutritionist was here yesterday, and she is thrilled with his growth. He is now in the 50th percentile in overall growth, and I think she said 90% in head growth. She said that his growth defies reason. Heart babies just don't grow like he's doing. We know that it's all God. His hand upon Jethro has been evident from the beginning.
Tuesday morning, we go in to the surgeon's office and then following that appointment, we'll go to the hospital and be admitted. I believe they are admitting him to the PINT unit, not PICU. All the pre-op "stuff" will be done ~ any blood tests, meeting with the cardiologist, etc. Then Wednesday morning at 7:15am, he goes in for surgery. I am thankful that they will admit him a day ahead of time. If they didn't we would still end up spending the entire day in town, and probably get a hotel room for the night before, but because of Jethro's overall fragility, they don't even hesitate to admit him ahead of time.
Jethro has become quite the happy baby. He is very engaged with his surroundings and loves to coo and chatter at anyone who will stop and talk to him. Daddy says that Jethro is addicting. You can't just walk away from him ~ he really holds your attention. One of his favorite things to do is blow raspberries. Sometimes, he gets so much foam going that he looks rabid! :-D
Please pray that he stays healthy over the next few days. Pray for wisdom for the surgeon and cardiologists, and a steadiness of hand.
Thank you so much ~ your prayers are invaluable to us!