Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Surgery Tomorrow (Thurs.)

Woke up this morning to find Bailey still in rhythm. Yeah! Then Dr. T came by to tell us that surgery is scheduled for tomorrow - instead of Fri. or Mon. - due to the slim crew because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Lots of his crew is leaving town but a few of them are rearranging their holiday schedule so they can be sure and be here for Bailey's surgery. That gives you an idea of the wonderful people who work here. I am deeply grateful for their sacrifices they make to be here with us.

Wow. Surgery tomorrow. That's in the morning. That's like we go to bed tonight and wake up in the morning to go to surgery. Wow. I know it's only one day sooner than we expected, but when he said "tomorrow" it was like jumping in to an ice-cold pool of water. And ever since that moment, it seems to be harder and harder to take a breath. My heart even fluttered around a little bit about an hour ago. It took my breath away for a second. I've just been walking around here all day thinking that with every minute that goes by, we're one minute closer to the morning.

Lots of people stopped in today to wish Bailey well tomorrow. There are certainly a lot of people around here who love Bailey. She even received a bouquet of balloons today from Berlin Heart. How cool is that? Dr. T said, "Gee, Bailey, it's too bad you don't have very many friends." Well-wishes from half-way around the world brought a smile to her face today. Thank you, Berlin Heart! We love each and every one of you and think of you often only to realize how blessed we are to have met you.

They're working hard to get Bailey's blood thinner reversed in time for surgery in the morning. She's receiving fresh frozen plasma again. She had a reaction to one of the units she received a few weeks ago, but so far so good. She can't be pre-treated with benedryl because it causes her heart to race, but they have it here in our room in case she begins to show signs of a reaction so they can get it to her quickly. Her INR is almost where it needs to be.

Bailey's sleeping soundly. She didn't sleep much at all last night and didn't take any naps today, so I'm hoping she'll sleep through the night. She asked her dad to bring her crab legs from Joe's Crab Shack for dinner tonight. She enjoyed that! Then she laid back in her bed with her fingers intertwined and resting across the top of her big belly and fell right to sleep.

I guess that's it for now. I don't really feel like "hanging up" right now. The family has gone for the evening and I'm sitting here all by myself. A little lonely really. I feel like if I just keep typing and typing and rambling on and on that I won't be by myself -- I'll be with you guys out there in blogger world. But I guess I really don't have anything else to say, so I'll go for now. I'm a big girl - I can handle a little loneliness.

Now, where's my phone? Who can I call? . . . . . . Ha!

Love you all! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the good thoughts and prayers. I can actually see them flying around in this room.

Angie

24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie, you are not alone, trust me, there are so many peps out here that are with you! We love you so very much and our hearts and prayers are with you. Stay strong sweetie as everything will work out as God has planned. I love you so very much and you are both in our prayers... Lori

P.S. I don't want to quit typing either, you are no way blabbing!

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer Riley said...

Angie,

You are not alone. We may not be there in the hospital with you, but we are out here loving you to pieces and praying for you and your sweet family. You and Bailey are, and will continue to be, in my prayers constantly. I hope Bailey sleeps well tonight, and I hope you get some sleep to.

Love,
Jennifer

"For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." Isaiah 41:13

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie, you are not the only one that can't sleep tonight. People all over the world are up tonight praying for your family. I know the wait is difficult but please try and get some sleep. You need to take care of yourself so you can be healthy and strong for the recovery time ahead.

I am practicing all of my creative visualization and sending lots of healing, positive energy your way.

I miss and love you, Tami
(look I signed my name, unlike Monday's message.)

**I can't wait to read tomorrow night's blog to hear how successful everything went.

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie, just read the update for tonight. I'm sure you are drained by now as well as Bailey. I wish I was there to give you a big hug. I love you all and we are praying so much that tomorrow is a big success. Stay strong Bailey!! Ang, you have every right to babble on and on for that matter. Uncle Dick is supposed to call Dad as soon as he can tomorrow to let us know how everyone is doing and how well Bailey did. I truly believe God will shine on you tomorrow and get you all through this. Keep the faith and God bless you all. We love you sweetie!! Love, Julie, Dale & Jasmine

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Count me in as one who will be "keeping you company" throughout the night. It was nice to see you on Tuesday. I was thinking about scripture and I was reminded of when Christ assured his disciples that He would be there with them, even in his physical absence. ..."I leave my peace with you. I give my peace to you. I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let yoru hearts be troubled. And do not be afraid." (John 14:27) How cool is that? I'm praying that your hearts and minds are completely peaceful and full of comfort, knowing that you're in good and perfect Hands.

Claire Strayer

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie and Bailey,

I am a heart mom who has been following your story since before the Berlin Heart days and I just wanted to let you know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow. Dr. T is our hero. He has done all of my dd's surgeries and we love him. If you have to go through this at least you can rest easy knowing that Bailey is not only in his capable hands but also resting in much bigger hands. May you be comforted with the same peace that you have comforted others with!! God Bless and Keep you both!
Heart Hugs,
Kimberly
mom to Hunter Noel
7(HRHS post fontan)
and 4 other great kids and one on the way

10:13 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Best of luck tomorrow!!!! I'll be praying for you guys. Bailey certainly has a wonderful support system around her.

Anna

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Angie:

Thank you so much for tonight's blog. You know how I am when my mind starts going in circles !! I was glad to see the reason they rescheduled the surgery for Thursday early was because of staffing and not an emergency.

I'm with you in spirit tonight. We've been through this before and came through it.

Love you, CAROL

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it's another big day in your lives my girls and I cannot imagine being in your shoes right now. Words don't seem adequate this morning so I offer my prayers for you to be strong, confident, brave and at peace with how this day unfolds. I offer prayers for Dr. Turentine and his amazing hands that will heal Bailey and pray that God will give him strength, wisdom and a healthy body today.

You are so not alone Angie. God has His arms around you and is loving you through this. Bailey is a fighter and has a will of steel. We are all loving both of you through this.

I'll see you in a little while.

I love you my dear dear friend.

Mary Ann

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie: You are the strongest person I know. We are all praying.
Love, Diane

7:06 AM  
Blogger LindaC said...

Angie and Bailey -- Wow! Surgery today! Know that God and your Guardian Angels have their loving arms wrapped around all of you giving you peace and comfort. You're in all our thoughts and prayers.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bailey..Mitch and I have been praying for you every night. Stay strong and i'm looking forward to visiting with you once you start feeling a little better.

Love you and thinking about you.

Susie (Mrs. Harper...only when your Dad is around)

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie and Bailey...I have been thinking about you all night! I know you are in surgery now and things are going great! I can't wait to read tomorrow to hear what strong troopers you both were today! My thoughts and prayers are with you both! Love you!!! Marsha

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest Angie:

My family is praying for Bailey's successful surgery and swift recovery. We are also praying for strength for you and your family. God will see you through this. He never leaves us and is with us always. We are never alone.

God Bless You All.
Donna

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Angie,
I have been praying for god to take good care of Bailey. I know that he will. You must be a nervous wreck about now but just know that we are here for you. I just love you and Bailey so much and feel blessed to have you in my life.
Love, Susan

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Angie,
Just to let you know First Christian Chrurch in Greensburg is praying for Bailey today. We love you both. God had an amazing plan for your family.
Tammy and George

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Lisa Dowell said...

Angie--
Just wanted to let you know we're thinking about you and praying for you and your family. Bailey is an amazing young woman--just like her mother-so strong!
Sarah's class will be praying for her today, as we all will.
All our love, strength, faith and prayers go out to you,
Lisa, Brian and Sarah Dowell

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie & Bailey:
We just wanted to tell you both how amazing you are and how strong you are. We are thinking about you and keeping you in our hearts. We know you are in great hands and will get through this, just like before. Our hearts, love and strength go out to you both.
Susie, Chris and Faith

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Steve and Dawn Denny said...

Angie and Bailey-
We prayed for you guys again this morning. God loves you all so much! We pray for God's wisdom in Dr. T's heart, hands, and mind, we pray for strength for Angie and Bailey. We pray for the peace that surpasses our understanding to cover all of you in the name of Jesus.
Love - Steve and Dawn Denny

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie & Bailey you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. You are not alone on this journey. Everyone's lives that you have touched are praying for you right now. Please find comfort and peace knowing you are loved by so many. God is holding you both in his arms.

Margie N.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ang....what an honor to get to sit with you a little while this morning. What a brave and courageous person it takes to endure this process you are going through with Bailey. You are truly blessed by all of your family to be with you on a day like today.

Your sisters are a hoot and surely keep you chuckling a little. Tom is a nut! I saw only love in his eyes for you today. Josie and Marissa are darling and really had their brave faces on. They love their big sister so much!

You are loved beyond all measure and I hope that this day brings you hope and joy for tomorrow.

Waiting on pins and needles...

Mary Ann

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you who check the blog a half dozen times a day like I do, I thought you might like a quick update. I'm in the waiting room at Riley. There are probably 20 of us here for Bailey. We pretty much take up the entire waiting room and we've rearranged the furniture. Bailey was in pretty good spirits this morning considering and Angie is doing pretty well. We still have a long road ahead, but so far everything seems to be going well. We're all praying constantly, and all the prayers going up out there in blogland are truly felt today. I'm sure Angie will give a much better and more detailed update at the end of the surgery, but thought you all might be wondering.
Keep the prayers coming.
Aunt Vickie

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Baily and Family!

I just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Baily you are such a strong young lady. You have been through so much. After this surgery you will be stronger then ever. I am blessed to have the Riley Cardio behind my back also. I do not know what my life would be like without them. I am going to plan to come and visit you. Stay stong girlie!!

Melodie

3:05 PM  
Blogger LindaC said...

Hey Bailey -- Way to go girl!!! We're all so proud of you when Aunt Vickie called this afternoon to let us know they were closing and that you were doing great!!! Keep up the good work -- we're all still praying for yas as we know its a long road back, but know you're gonna do it!! Way to hang tough, Bailey and family!!! Love yas

3:47 PM  

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