Thursday, December 15, 2011

off to the cath lab

Well, we just watched our cutie-pie wheeled off to the cath lab for some work there. It was quite a production! At least six people (maybe more) had to join up to push all of her equipment out with her. Just another stark reminder that Anna still needs lots of help!

By the way - this is Matt. Someday I'll figure out how to sign in using my id, that way it'll tell you who posted: either me or my lovely wife. but...

Just to let you all know, we are pretty much at peace. All of the people attending to her are so great! We were told that the cath lab doctor is known nationally and is one of the best of the best. So that makes us feel pretty good.

They will do at least a couple of things. One, they will do some diagnostic stuff to see what is going on with the heart, how the blood is flowing, and look for any problem spots. Also, they will correct any problem spots that they find (if they can...). They think the shunt they put in during the first surgery either has a kink, or a clot, or something like that, so they will probably have to fix that.

The surgeons will be in the cath lab with them, so if there is anything that they need to do and can do, they will be there to do so. There is no anticipation that the surgeons will need to do anything, but they are there just in case.

We're going to try and grab some lunch while they work on our precious angel. Should be about an hour or so, but could be longer. Sounds like most of the time is spent just moving her, getting the equipment all set up, making sure nothing came loose, etc.

Depending on how our brains are functioning after Anna comes out, we'll try and post an update.

By the way, the comments you guys are all putting on this blog have kept me going! It's such a blessing to get on the blog and see the words of encouragement, the prayers, and the Scriptures that you are all providing for us. Thank you! We love you all!!!


  1. Matt...You have such a huge love for your precious baby daughter. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings and keeping us updated. Love to you.

  2. I'm an alumni of NNU and have been following your story from the start. And I'm praying. And I have been praying. And I will continue to pray for covering, for protection, and for peace. The impossible is simply a miracle waiting to happen. And God loves the impossible. And He loves your faith. We all do.


  3. May the God of all comfort hold you all close today. We are lifting you up.
    -The Fletcher Family

  4. Praying for good steps in the cath lab and that she can get off ecmo SOON!!

  5. Thinking of you all and praying constantly! She is just the cutest thing!! May you continue to feel God's presence daily and have peace. You (and your family) are all such a blessing and are helping to remind us how AMAZING and AWESOME our God is!! Sending you too "weed" :)

  6. Anna is with The Lord through all of this. I don't know if you've ever heard about the little boy who while peering into his baby sister's crib asks "tell me what Jesus looks like, I have forgotten." I am sure she is looking at His face. He adores her.

  7. So I thought I should send you a word of encouragement since I have been reading your posts and praying for you and your sweet daughter. My friend Cherie alerted all her Facebook friends to pray so I have been praying continually. I have been blessed through the process of lifting her up and wanted to thank you for your faithful sharing.

    In Him Who Is More Than Able!
    Pam Krosley
    St. Louis, MO