Monday, June 28, 2010

The Calm Before The Storm

Today we spent the day trying to relax with Ginny. We haven't posted many pictures so far. I decided today that I would share a couple. As you can tell by this first picture, I didn't really have a hard time relaxing with my baby girl. She slept the whole time while I got the best two hours of sleep I've had in a month - and she didn't even pee on me this time.

Rachel is doing her best to relax also. It is hard to think that in just a few hours our little girl is going to go through one of the most traumatic experiences anyone can go through - and she won't even remember it.

Dr. Bleiweis came by and discussed Ginny's surgery. At about 7:30 tomorrow morning, Ginny will be wheeled off to the operating room by the anesthesia team, and with any luck, we will be able to see her by 4 or 5 in the evening. It is a complex operation, but Dr. Bleiweis is one of the best - if not the best - cardio-thoracic surgeons in the country. The length of the operation will really be determined by how complicated it is to re-arrange her coronary arteries - and they won't know that until they actually get inside her chest. Pray that it is simple.

We're trying to get all the snuggle time we can tonight. It will seem like forever before we can hold her again. I held her most of the afternoon, so Rachel is getting the evening. As the time passes, it is hard not to start thinking about how difficult tomorrow will be. We've done everything we can for her, and now it is out of our hands.

We've learned a lot about ourselves over the last month. One thing that we knew, but have continued to re-learn is our sense of humor. I think Ginny's in on that, too. Shortly after I took this last picture, the three of us started to have a little "moment". Rachel and I started to cry a little, anticipating the stress of tomorrow's storm. Ginny provided her own thunder with the loudest diaper-filling you have ever heard. We couldn't help but start laughing. It just goes to show you - it doesn't matter what the occasion - poop jokes are always funny.

"You're just like your father." - Rachel


  1. good luck to you all! i will be thinking about you all day :)


  2. You both are the best parents in the world! I was reading to Mike your A View from Base Camp blog and he was just sitting there shaking his head. Neither of us can believe how well you are handling this. I knew that he was thinking of his own girls as I read this time him. We both send our pray for Ginny's surgery tomorrow. Love all three of you...

  3. AT 8AM Tuesday, 300 email precipitants are reading this COL Donnie Shelton's prayer for Miss Ginny. Please join us
    Doug, I just saw the latest video. What a precious child.

    May GOD hold Ginny in loving care and bring her to complete healing " Lord, I come asking for spirtual strength,courage and healing for baby Ginny and her entire family. I ask that you work through the Doctors, Surgeons, Nurses and all the care providers that come in contact with Ginny in order for the surgery to be successful. The surgery will be a long one tomorrow, so give the family comfort, love, peace and understanding knowing that you are with them. In Jesus Christ, Amen


  4. Big smile here ... a sense of humor will usually help get you through and over the bumps as long as they aren't too big.

    God Bless Ginny.