A number of you are asking just what exactly will happen once Preston is here so I'll share what I know with you guys.
The plan is to deliver Preston via c-section on Tuesday, January 4th. Then to be honest only God knows what will after Preston is born. The doctors aren't sure, and I certainly don't know what to expect. The hospital plans to hold an operating room open and ready for Preston should he need surgery on his birthday, but the doctors aren't sure if he'll need surgery that day or just within the first week of life. It will all depend on how stable P is when he is born. As I shared on Monday they are pleased to see his heart function is still stable, and they are hoping he remains stable outside the womb so they can do some imaging and testing on P once he's born and then schedule his surgery after they've had a chance to get a clearer look at the anatomy of his heart. Surgery will be inevitable, but at this point we just aren't sure when or how soon. We pray for God's perfect timing. Of course we have absolutely no idea how long Preston will have to stay in the hospital after his surgery. Even if his surgery is extremely successful and all goes well they still like to keep the heart babies there for a few weeks afterwards to ensure they are eating enough and growing well.
After my c-section they will take him directly to Texas Children's Cardiac ICU. I'm trying to prepare myself for that moment ... that moment where I watch my son and my husband walk away from me to go to TCH. I simply don't think there's a way to fully prepare myself for that moment. I'm afraid ... afraid to be away from my Gherkin ... and afraid for Preston. Fortunately I got to tour the facility today. I got a little weak in the knees when I walked into the Cardiac ICU on the 18th floor of TCH. Seeing those babies confined to their beds and all the mommies leaning over the beds trying to stay as close to their babies as possible was overwhelming and heartbreaking. The room started spinning when she showed me the machines Preston will be hooked up to while in the CICU. So ready for him to be here, but so not ready for it at the same time. Know what I mean?
The good news is that both hospitals (St. Lukes- where I'll be staying after my c-section and TCH- where P will be) have Wi-Fi. I'm hoping that I (or a designated family member) will be able keep you guys updated through this blog on a consistent basis.
I also know that I love this little guy with all my being, but that's all I know for now.
p.s. Team Preston shirts are in process. Thanks for the idea, Aly.