The surgery for tomorrow is a go ahead. They have rescheduled it for the morning as they are coordinating surgeons from several different specialties to participate and they are unsure of how long the surgery will be. We were very thankful to hear that the team has determined that there is a significant amount of heart muscle tissue that is 'hibernating' and the hope is that the revascularization (return blood flow to the area) through this bypass will recruit at least some, if not most of this heart muscle. This in turn should increase the function of the heart and lead to better stamina now for Jadon, and better outcome long-term.
There are however, mixed feelings. Right now we have a happy, joyful little boy who loves his siblings, is very excited when they come visit, who brightens our life with his great smile! There are always risks associated with surgery, particularly another open-heart one. We do not have to be reminded of the possibility of complications... the last 16 weeks spent at Sick Kids, the countless tests, and tomorrow follow-up surgery #3 (with likely another one yet to come) are living testimony of this.
So tonight we will bathe Jadon with the antiseptic soap. We will tuck him into his crib at Sick Kids. We will pray for him and lift him up to the Father of the fatherless, to the Great Physician. We will sleep on cots alongside him. We will hand him over early in the morning to the surgical team. And once again we will pray... and wait for the unknown, thankful for the grace of God and the prayers of His saints that we have felt for the last nearly 4 months now.
We have taken comfort from this passage in Ephesians 3:14 - 21
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.