God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
9 am: Today is surgery. We snuggled all morning. Praying and reading scripture over Charlie. He was so peaceful. So precious. It made the arrival of the surgery team a bit teary. Not that I am not thankful, glad, and worshipful this morning… just hard to let my baby go into battle again. God is faithful. He even gave Charlie a surgery nurse that immediately began speaking God’s beautiful truth’s, scripture, encouraging words and assurance that she would be with Charlie and praying the whole surgery. What a gift from God. She asked me what his favorite song was. I said, “Jesus Loves Me,” she said she would be singing to him. She encouraged me to go through the alphabet giving praise to God with each letter, what a lovely idea. Just what I want to do! Praying God’s peace, strength, courage, and healing for Charlie…
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:1-2
OUT OF SURGERY (From Bob)
It was a difficult 5 hour surgery today. The atresia (blockage) had completely severed. They did successfully reconnect, but it was rather arduous. Charlie’s little body endured much today. They did go ahead and put in a GI Tube for feeding to reduce the risk of having another procedure later. The Surgeon did say he wants to wait about 3 months for repairing the stoma (re-connecting his large and small intestine).
The next steps and prayer requests are: 1) Getting him back off the respirator and managing his pain. 2) Getting him off of IV food and on to breast milk. This will determine when we get to bring him back home. So we appreciate prayer that God would revive his little lungs, make him hungry, and even that he would not need his GI tube. We have been told this could take weeks, even months. We are certainly praying Charlie would become a competent eater very soon. 3) Lastly, we pray the scar tissue would dissolve so as not to become problematic in the future causing additional intestinal blockage.
It is hard to believe that we have been here for a month. Time has gone by so fast. Debbie and I have long since run out of adrenaline, but certainly not out of the Father’s love. We are grateful for the many doctors and nurses that have used their God-given gifts to bless my precious little boy. Saving his life is a monumental effort, and all provided for by our loving Father in heaven, where we long to be.