Apollo’s snack of snow…if only I could make it high calorie.
Well, today is pre-op day and let me be honest and say yesterday was rough. My little kids were acting just like you’d expect kids to act when their parents are leaving for who knows how many days to drive 90 miles away so their little brother can have heart surgery. They were clingy and whiney. And just when I had much more work than any one human can manage. Apollo barely slept the night before (not even two hours straight). His sleeping is most definitely worse than it has ever been.
A woman from the Ronald McDonald House called yesterday morning to say they were full. We have friends in Seattle, but Chuck really wanted to be close to the hospital, especially when Apollo is in the CICU (cardiac intensive care unit). Just as I was getting ready to look into hotel options close to the hospital the woman called back to let me know they do indeed have a room for us!
Today Apollo has three appointments (surgeon, cardiac nurse practitioner and anesthesiologist) plus blood draws, chest x-rays, EKG and who knows what else. For a kid who hates being messed with it’s not going to be easy.
On the bright side I have over twenty meals in my freezer. Most made by me, but a handful delivered by friends. Thank you so much! Friends Hilary and Sarah pitched in and bought Apollo a huge bag of toys for the hospital and some snacks and a Starbucks card for me and Chuck. An aunt and uncle from Canada also sent a backpack of toys. And of course, our children are being spread out over four different families this week. Pray for them too, if you think of it.
I will try to update the blog once a day (sans pictures of course). I will be updating Facebook periodically throughout the day since I can do that from my phone. I’ll be able to post photos there. And I will be taking my camera, so expect lots of photos when we’re back home.
Surgery is scheduled for 12:40 pm Wednesday, March 7. Yes, that means poor Apollo will have to go without eating all day. I hate that.