Monday, December 31, 2012
GI Surgery in Cincinnati
It's been awhile since I've had a moment to update my blog...but I figured this month, this week, and especially this day may be worth mentioning.
We flew to Cincinnati on Christmas Day for medical testing and pre-op procedures related to Raimey's GI. Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon has served us well in the Cardiology and Neurosurgery Departments but this is a highly specialized GI issue and we knew that the best doctor for Raimey (in the nation, perhaps in the world) was found right here in Cincinnati. Her surgeon, Dr. Pena has operated for nearly 30 years and literally "invented" the procedure she is having done. He trains other doctors in this department and I have no doubt in his abilities. I am so thankful that Raimey gets to be under his care.
So, this big girl (me) who has been out of country a couple times but otherwise has never been off the West Coast flew with my mom and Raimey Christmas morning from Seattle, Washington to Minneapolis, Minnesota. We took another flight from Minnesota to Cincinnati, Ohio and then took a cab. The cab took us on a jaunt through Kentucky before arriving at the Ronald McDonald House, across the street from Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
All that to say that Raimey's Christmas and mine was filled with adventure and nerves, but the fact that we arrived safely late on Christmas into a beautiful warm home and room, which would be called "ours" for a few weeks was a blessing.
Raimey has endured many tests the last few days. Every vein in her hands and arms has been poked and bruised...and it's felt like too much seeing her go through everything she has in this short amount of time. And, while I wish I could just make it all go away, I know that Raimey will feel so much better when it's all over.
This morning Raimey was taken back to surgery at 7am. I got a call shortly after 8am that everything was beginning. So now, I sit and wait and trust God that He will guide the doctor's hands and Raimey will be protected and comforted until I can hold her again.