Wednesday, July 20, 2011

surgery for my boys

Today I'm linking up with sweet Casey.

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I've got to admit that I feel like I am crossing the line of blogland and all by saying this, but Wednesday was more than rough. I felt like someone put me on an upside down roller coaster against my will. And each time we approached the end, the operator decided to give us another round.

We woke up early Wednesday morning to head down to Children's Hospital in San Diego. Luke (8) and Jack (3) both had to get their adenoids removed. I knew it was simple and routine, but the pit of my stomach was still unsettled. Despite Luke hiding from us because he did want want to wear a "dress" (hospital gown), we were out the door with no meltdowns...a God thing.

Jack enjoys his morning milk like a 50's business man enjoyed his martini. When given jello and apple juice instead, he didn't even flinch. He rolled with it like a champ.

Once we arrived, we had to wait a long time in the lobby and then in our pre-op room. Both boys got dressed in their child friendly hospital gowns and pants and waited patiently. I was expecting Jack to give us a run for our money, but he was super chill...a God thing.

When Kevin walked back with them to get their "sleepy" medicine, they bravely walked through the Operating Room doors. I was a wreck, but put on my brave mama face...a God thing.

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Luke woke up easily. We went to his bedside and we were able to attend and engage with him easily. Jack on the other hand, woke up suddenly and had a very difficult time figuring out where he was. I heard him wailing, "I want my mommy" but I had to wait to see him until the nurses gave me permission. On one hand I wanted to race to where he was because I knew my boy needed me, but on the other hand I knew the nurses had to go through their procedures 1st. Hearing him cry for me and not responding was miserable.

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Eventually both boys had Popsicles and juice and we were given permission to leave.

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On my way home my mom and I were texting. She has lupus like me. When she was pregnant with me, her lupus flared so dangerously that the doctors told my dad that neither of us were going to make it.

God had another plan.

There were two other times when her life was hanging on the ledge. God brought her through it. As a child it was terrifying. I can only imagine now that I'm a mother how horrifying it must have been for her.

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Her lupus has significantly damaged her kidneys. She is on the transplant list and possibly nearing dialysis. Her doctor is running tests again on Monday and the decision will be made. It is a scary place to have a parent who is sick. I certainly don't want to see her go through this. She has jumped through so many hoops before this. Please pray with me that this will be one more hoop that she can jump through. Pray that her kidney function improves. Pray that she will not have to begin dialysis.

Thank you dear friends. You are a God thing to me.

Much love,
Katie

P.S. Please link up on Saturday and Sunday for It's a God Thing. I will have a special give away for those who comment and/or post! HUGS!

29 comments:

Michele said...

Praying. It IS a God thing.

april@gingerbread said...

i will pray for you friend...you are a wonderful mommy and daughter!
love ya
xoxo

Sarah B. said...

So glad your boys did okay!!! And I'll pray for your mom - that sounds like such a scary thing!

Heather from wearetheholdens.blogspot.com said...

Katie, I am so thrilled your boys did so well. I know the whole thing was so emotionally taxing. Awww, they just look so cute in that above picture. I will certainly pray for your mother...for healing in her body. And for you as you walk through this in your family...I heart you.

Alyss said...

Oh Katie! Praying for your mom and for your family. How scary! God has her in His hands.

So glad to hear that your boys' surgeries went well.

Stephanie said...

Yes, absolutely, God has your mom and all of you in His hands. He is near and will take care of you all, as He always has. Hugs dear friends, glad the boys are okay.

the lowes said...

so thankful for God meeting you during the surgery stuff...I knew He would! and def prayers for your mom, my dad has parkinsons that is progressing a lot lately and I understand how hard it is to watch a sick parent. praying for God's intervention! love you friend.

Charla Liedahl said...

I'm glad the kids surgery went well. It is so hard to let them go into something so "out of the ordinary" like surgery without being right by their side. I will keep your mom in my prayers. It sounds like she's a real fighter!

gratefulmama said...

I am so happy to hear that everything went well with the boys. God was right there with you through it all! I am praying for your mom Katie!! Big prayers for you all!

Four Flights said...

Big huge prayers coming your way friend. I can only imagine...what a week you've had. XOXO

Janelle said...

I don't know you but, I will be praying for you and your mom... I am glad your boys did so well with their surgery.....

janna said...

Wow - what a day! Prayers for your mom and your boys speedy recovery, and of course for you!

Jessica Johnson said...

Praying along with you. Thankful that all went will with your little guys. Hang in there, friend!! xxoo

likeschocolate said...

I am so thrilled that all went well. I know how you felt. Our third son had open heart surgery at 3 months old. It was so hard to hand him over and then not be able to do anything for him the first two days following his surgery. I will say a pray for your mom. I know you said your mom has lupus, because she had lupus did this make your diagnosis easier to find out? How old were you when you were diagnosed. What were your symbols? Sorry for so many question, but just recently I had a blood test during my pregnancy that indicated I have some kind of auto immune disease. I was suppose to meet with the rheumatologist, but had to cancel due to the baby being born early. Anyway, I need to reschedule, I have a ton o joint pain. Anyway, i am sure you r busy, so would love to hear your story when you have a chance. Kelleyn

Adrian said...

That's a lot to take in for one day. I'll be praying for your boys recovery and your patience with it, sick kids are no fun. Also for your mom. My friend's mother had lupus and I know too well the daily struggles. Praying for you!

missmehoneybee said...

You guys were on my mind and in my prayers Saturday. You are strong! Happy to hear everything went well with the boys. Thats picture is so cute of the three of them. Will keep your sweet mom in our prayers too.

Anonymous said...

Praying for supernatural and complete healing for your mama!! Take care, honey. ~Betsi

Melissa @MarriedWithKitties said...

Please don't ever hesitate to share with us. I love to hear what's really going on with my blogger friends so I can pray for them, plus I can totally relate to certain issues. I don't have kids yet but the thought of how much energy it takes to "be strong" for them while trying not to worry about everything going on must take a lot out of a momma. I'm so glad your boys are doing well, and I am praying for healing for your mom, and peace and comfort for all of you.

Marie said...

so thankful that all went well with your precious boys and they are home:) i will be praying for your mother, and you too!

Amy Lynne said...

Wow! What a day! I hope your mom stays strong until a transplant can happen! Prayers for your family!

{cuppakim} said...

Oh man, Praise the Lord! So glad the boys got through everything. And that mama did too! :) What a challenging day! Glad to know His strength saw you through. :)

Praying for YOUR mama.

Laurie J said...

i'm so blessed to know you via blogland, friend! i'm praying even as i type these words. God is faithful. LOVE to you!
<3 <3 <3

hannah singer said...

praise Jesus for your boys making it though with no big hurdles! love your testimonies of the little ways christ was evident through the whole thing. he is mighty good! so happy for your strength too, likely helped the boys a ton.

praying for your mama-my grandma and three friends have lupus and it is such a challenge. you and your mama are inspirational! press on! xo

Rachael said...

wow, you are one tough cookie and God has a big plan for your life with your mom making it through a having you! prayers and blessings!

april@gingerbread said...

vegas with no kids? i am SOOOOO jealous!!!!

Genn said...

Oh Katie, what a stressful day and time right now with your Mom. I will pray for her. Keep your chin up.
I'm glad the boys did well through surgery.

xo katrina said...

so glad to head your boys' surgeries went well. i bet they are all back to normal by now. :) i hope things improve with your mom. i'll definitely be sending positive thoughts your way. you are a strong woman and this too shall pass....

katie said...

Can I just tell all of you how much I love you!! Thanks so much for you love, prayers, and support!

Babymama said...

So glad to hear all went well Katie!
xo