Just a quick update on Jace before I try to get some rest. Surgery got moved up last week and took place on Wednesday and lasted from 9-530. The day was long but Jace made it through the surgery. The surgeon said the first 24 hours would be the most critical. And boy were those some stressful, rocky hours. We dealt with bleeding, weird heart rhythms, fever, breathing difficulties and extreme fear and pain!! This is Jaces third heart surgery. Most kids have this 3rd surgery by age 3. Jace didn't get the 2nd surgery in China til he was 3. So unfortunately I think he remembers that and has had lots of anxiety and fear! However each day has gotten a little better with an occasional bump along the way. But today he could set in my lap which he had been asking for nonstop so he was happy. Also his best friend from China, Vincent stopped by to visit!!
The prayers have worked and we are so appreciative. The surgeon told me that of all his complex hearts and surgeries Jace ranks at the top!! Thinking we shouldn't be proud of that! But overall he is very pleased. This is the first time Jace has ever had pink lips, fingernails, and toenails. Amazing!! God is definitely in control of Jace's destiny.
We hope we are out of here soon!! The doctors and nurses have been amazing. And all our friends, especially Ryan and Courtney who spent the long surgery day with us and Jodi who brought Justin up and visited several times and grandma and grandpa for putting up with our other 3 kids we can't thank you enough!! And for all the prayers thank you. We are very blessed!!
Top pic is before surgery.
Pics below are Jace during a sterile dressing change. We all wore hat and mask. He thought it was fun. The other is 2 China brothers reunited!!! :)