Brady, FPM, Tess

The Mighty Whirlwind, a Miracle and a Reminder.

I know I always thank everyone for their prayers, emails and texts this week, but I’m going to do it again.  This week was emotional, to say the very least.  I put off writing about it because I couldn’t find the words.  But, on the day of Dolly’s procedure, I got many, many messages of support and prayer.  Thank you so much.  

I have so much to say, that I’m going to do it in sections/bullets.  

The Mighty Whirlwind:

  • We have now submitted our application for our Article 5, which is the last document we will need before FPD can apply for Travel Approval to go get Mighty.  Mounds of paperwork accompany this one document that will declare Mighty’s adoption in compliance with the Hague Convention.  The document will be picked up 10/14.  

  • We also got an update.  Folks, he truly he is a Mighty man.  And, I can’t wait to squeeze him!!

A Miracle:

  • Dolly and I spent Thursday at the major Children’s Hospital located about two hours from us.  Dolly had her first heart cath since her surgery.  She also had a Trans-esophageal Echocardiogram (where they take the ultrasound equipment and shoot images through her esophagus…bleck).  She also had a Bronchoscopy to check on her lungs.  She spent 4 hours under general anesthesia being poked and prodded.  
  • She was VERY angry when she woke up.
  • All results are GREAT!  Her heart repair is still looking perfect.  Her lung pressures are still down.  And, best of all, her lungs have healed TREMENDOUSLY from the damage they incurred from her broken little heart pumping too much blood to them.  
  • All the information gathered will be looked at both with our surgical team and the surgical team in Boston.  A model will be built of Dolly’s very unique heart, and from there, these great minds will decide what to do for our baby’s heart.  
  • On the day of the procedure, I texted M-M’s teacher to please let him know that his sister had come out of surgery well and that the news looked good.  M-M had shared his worry with his teacher, and his whole class, earlier in the week at “group time.”  He’s not usually one to share, but he had, so I wanted to make sure he got word that his baby was well.   When I got home that night, he was waiting to kiss Dolly.  He kissed her gently on the head, cuddled into me and asked me “what would we do if they couldn’t fix her?”  It was so telling for me.  
                           One tiny girl with one very broken heart has become                   
                         the heart of our family.  

A Reminder:

  • I hadn’t been feeling so hot leading up to Dolly’s surgery.  I had multiple surgeries as a teen to remove my large intestine due to Ulcerative Colitis.  I had a couple more surgeries to make sure I didn’t end up with a permanent ostomy.  All that surgery has left scar tissue that I’ve been attempting to ignore.
  • I spent all day in the ER yesterday getting a small taste of what Dolly gets.  
  • I needed a reminder to slow down and just be thankful.  
  • When I got home the kids, FPD and I all enjoyed the musical stylings of Teen Beach Movie.  It has been way too long since I’ve just sat and enjoyed.  
  • I plan to do that way more often.  

who needs a good reminder every now and again.  

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