Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Getting prenatal surgery!

It really happened. We came in this morning, signed all of the consents, then waited for the computer to randomize us, our blood pressure soaring... and we were assigned to the prenatal surgery group!

Which means, the whirlwind is about to begin. We will check in to the hospital tonight, Shelly will be given an IV, and we'll try our best to get a few minutes of sleep. Then tomorrow... Epidural will go in, and Shelly will be wheeled down to the OR. They'll put her out, cut an opening in her lower abdomen, then an incision in the uterus. Kaitlyn will then be turned so that her back is exposed through the opening in the uterus, and they will begin operating on her myelomeningocele. Once the lesion is closed, Shelly will be wheeled back upstairs. Apparently, she will be extremely groggy and exausted all day, and may not remember much of it, so if you call, please be prepared to have Kendall say that a conversation with her might not be as intelligible as you might hope. They will keep the epidural in for a couple of days to manage the pain. We should be checking out on Monday or Tuesday if everything goes as planned. Then we'll move into a Family House a few blocks from the hospital. After that, we'll be coming in once a week to moniter the baby. The average baby with this operation is delivered about 8 weeks after the surgery, which for us means at about 32 weeks, almost two months premature. As long as she makes it to about 30 weeks or so, the doctors will feel pretty confident about her health. So we will be praying fervently every day that the uterus, which will be in a weakened state, will be strong enough to keep her in long enough so that she can have a safe and healthy delivery.

We are feeling really positive and optimistic about all of this. We know that Heavenly Father is guiding and directing this whole process, and that he loves us and he loves Kaitlyn very much. We are so grateful that we have the opportunity to possibly make a difference in her life by going through with this operation. We can't wait until the kids are able to come and visit; we love and miss them very much, but know that this is where we are supposed to be and that this is the right decision for our family. We know that the prayers of all of you have given us strength and comfort. These next few months we will be relying on so many of you, asking for things we never imagined we'd have to ask, and we are so grateful for your willingness to be of service to us and our children. Thank you, and we love you all.

16 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! Mom just called and told me, so I checked your blog...we are so excited/scared/nervous/overwhelmed with feelings of how blessed you guys are! You will definitely continue to be in our prayers throughout the upcoming weeks, and if we can be of any help, PLEASE let us know. We love you!

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  2. I am really nervous for you guys, but excited! I'm definitely praying that everything goes well for Shelly and Kaitlyn and the surgeons...I love you all!

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  3. We are so thankful for this opportunity. It seems like everything has been leading us up to this point, and now the REAL prayers must begin, as we hope for Shelly and Kaitlyn to have health and strength to get through the duration of this pregnancy. We know you are in the best of care, and that the Lord is mindful. This is absolutely amazing! We are a phone call away. We love you all very much. Mom & Dad.

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  4. We hope the surgery goes well, and are prayers are with you. If you need anything let us know, we are glad to help in anyway that we can.

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  5. I can't stop the tears that are filling my eyes, I'm in awe at the beauty of your faith, your perspective, your optimism, and your courage as you face this difficult time in your life! WE love you very much, and are praying constantly for your wellbeing both physical and emotional. May God be with you, our Saviour hold you, and the Comforter calm you. Om shanti.

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  6. Thank you so much for your updates - I'm always anxious to see what the next update is. It is so wonderful to see Heavenly Father's hand in all this and to see how you guys are taking one step at a time into that 'unknown void' - you are such great examples of faith. My thoughts and prayers are definitely with you and your family! We love you guys!

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  7. Wow! What a crazy week you've had and will have! I'm glad to hear that you are feeling at peace with the way things are turning out. You'll definitely be in our thoughts and prayers (as will your surgeons) throughout the day tomorrow.

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  8. Good luck you guys and thank you so much for keeping us all updated. You'll definitely be in our prayers!! :) We love you!

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  9. How exciting and I'm sure totally scary at the same time. I put both Shelly's and Kaitlyn's names on the prayer roll at the Dallas temple, and I'll continue to pray my heart out as well. Your family is so brave and faithful that I know you will continue to be blessed. Our love is with you, and perhaps we can come visit at the end fo the month!

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  10. From MOM and DAD FERRIN:

    We love you so much. See the post on the previous page.

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  11. We are praying for you! So glad you are in this amazing study. How wonderful to get the help you need. We love you. May you be blessed with Peace in your hearts.

    Our Love,
    Brent and Suzanne

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  12. Oh I'm so grateful you are in the prenatal surgery. We are in LA about a 6 hour drive or an hour flight away. If I can help out in anyway ... leave your kids here for a week or whatever, I can drive them up to you afterwards, or I can drive up there to take care of them if they need to be closer to you for awhile. Or if you need a break and are able to getaway ... you can stay with us. Anything you need, please ask.

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  13. Well, Shell is just about to have surgery as I make this comment. My heart and arms are extended towards you and your family. You have been in our prayers, and of course will continue to be. If in any way that we might be of service, further than prayers, please do not hesitate to ask. We love you guys and your baby Kaitlyn.

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  14. That is so wonderful that you are getting the surgery. We will pray that all goes well and that Shelly's recovery goes well. We also pray that Damon and Audrey are doing okay as I'm sure they miss you very much. I'm sure this will be a blessing for Kaitlyn as her life progresses. Please excuse me for asking a technical question but I'm am very curious how during the surgery they keep all the amniotic fluid inside the uterus...or do they have some way of replenishing it?

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  15. We are so happy for you that you're able to get the surgery. You've been in our prayers and will continue to be. We're waiting anxiously this morning to find out how the surgery went. Love ya!

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  16. Good luck! You guys will continue to be in my prayers.

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