Tentatively. Yesterday’s conference was very helpful. It was helpful for all of us to understand the route of this race. To hear from each specialty what is happening and where we are aimed. Charlie will be headed back to the Operating Room around January 12th to redo the duodenal atresia repair. It could be a 6 hour surgery. Somewhere around a month after that, assuming all goes well, we will repair his heart. Between now and January 12th we will be trying to get milk into his intestines. We are very hopeful that we can because it would be a huge help for Charlie.
The meeting was good. However, it was hard for me to hear how long we will have to be here. I realized that we will have been here during each of the four seasons by the time we get to load our chubby little bundle into the car and take him home. I often think back to the day we left home, the moment I handed him to the ER nurse, and the feeling I had of surrender- relinquishment- and complete humility. Thankfully the Lord Jesus Christ is no stranger to these things, and there is no one more trustworthy to surrender and relinquish to, or be humbled by. Looking forward, counting the months, considering the cost, is indeed sobering. However, I will consider it joy to suffer with Christ.
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4
Thank you to so many of you that have linked arms with us in this battle. Charlie is a treasure. He is a gift from God. He is a joy to be around. Charlie has already impacted this world in HUGE ways. I look forward to the journey that lies ahead for this precious little one.