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It’s Pre-Op Day! {Seattle Children’s Hospital}

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.



  1. Mary

    Apollo and you and Chuck and all of your children will be in my prayers. Today I will put in a request at my church for Apollo to be put on their prayer line. I pray that all goes well and that the Lord will grant all of you great peace as you go through the next two days.
    Blessings and love,
    Mary in Philadelphia

  2. Robyn

    Woke up this morning thinking of you guys. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the next few days. So glad there’s space for you at RMH!

  3. Vivian

    I will be praying for you all. It is wonderful to know God knows in our hearts how much we want all of this to go smoothly for you all. Having Him to lean on…wow how glorious it is to have a loving Savior.
    “[Praise to the LORD] LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.” Isaiah 25:1 NIV
    This was the verse for today on Bible Gateway…”things planned long ago”. God knew his plan for your and my life….He will see you through.

  4. Camee

    Hi Renee. Praying for Apollo & you and Chuck & the rest of your kids as you prepare & walk through this. May God’s strength & peace be palpible to you all & may your relationship w/Him grow stronger as you lean on Him and in His faithful, strong arms. May it all go better than you can imagine!

  5. Angie

    Stay strong. We’re all praying and pulling for Apollo. Keep the vision of how much better he’s going to be after all this is over. Love, the Smartts.

  6. Jo Abair

    Hey, is there someone/somewhere that I or whoever wants to could send some money? I do not attend church and thus find monthly places for our family tithe to go. I have sent donations to Ronald Mcdonald house previously, or if you had a paypal and would let people help I could send some for fuel, meals for you and chuck, or just whatever. If you could use some extra, please post here where people could send some money. Praying for you and your whole family, I hope this goes smoothly.

  7. Joolzmac

    Jo, that is a beautiful thing to do! I am so glad that Ronald McDonald House could finally accomodate you, it must be a relief.
    I will be thinking of you all and praying for Apollo and all your family. Best wishes,


  8. Delia

    Been praying for you all day & will continue to do so – he’s SUCH a sweetie, I’m glad he will finally feel better once he’s all healed up!

  9. Chenning

    Renee, Apollo and your entire family will be in my prayers. May these days be full of mercies, grace and safety – and the presence and protection of our wonderful Lord. Totally fluffy, but is Apollo wearin mama knit? Aviatrix hat and cardigan? So beautiful! And the snow snack. Looking forward to the soon to come days, Lord willing, when Apollo can eat (and breathe) easily and painlessly and you won’t have to worry as much about adding calories :-). Will be praying for all the details – including not being able to eat or drink or nurse all morning. I know how stressful that can be on top of the huge stress of surgery and recovery. Love, chenning

  10. KAYK

    I’m sure Apollo’s angel will be watching over him today and always.

    Best wishes for a successful surgery and fast healing. Be blessed.

  11. Melissa

    We don’t know each other, my aunt posted your website on her FB page but I want you and your family to know that you will be in our prayers today. Hope all works to His design.

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