Thursday, August 30, 2007
We were finally able to see Jack about 4:30 p.m. We were somewhat aware of what to expect, but it was still heart wrenching to see our little guy hooked up to everything imaginable. When they operate on little babies (Jack was 5 days old) they usually don't close their chests for a few days after the surgery. By leaving it open they can get back into him easier if need be and they can let the swelling go down. He was really swollen and puffy when he came out of surgery because of all the fluid they gave him to help his blood pressure. He had a big dressing over the incision that runs from the notch in his neck down to the zyphoid process. He had wires going into each of the chambers of his heart to monitor pressures and give medicines. An external pace maker was in place in case they needed to help his heart beat. He also had three chest tubes and one tube in his gut to drain the fluid. The ventilator was also breathing for Jack so he could rest from his big day. We were so grateful that we had made it to this point and felt like we had truly witnessed a miracle. Words cannot express how thankful we are to the countless friends and family that have exercised their faith in his behalf. I read a scripture that sums up the past 10 days, D&C 123:17. Thank you to all those that have done all that was in their power to do.