Surgery is still set for Saturday. At this point, there is no turning back or rescheduling - surgery will happen Saturday whether Dave and I are ready for it or not.
These past few days have been hectic as the team of doctors and nurses prep for Saturday. Emmett and Owen were intubated again on Wednesday, then they had a HIDA scan that looks at the biliary system, specifically it looks at production and flow of bile in the biliary system (liver, gallbladder and bile ducts). Following that, the doctors decided to do another CT scan since the boys were already prepped and near the area. Yesterday, Emmett had an abdominal sonogram to try to get a better look at the hepatic veins of the liver.
The doctors have decided to keep Owen and Emmett on a drip of sedation so that they remain comfortable. They also chose nasotracheal intubation as opposed to oral intubation to help keep them comfortable as well. Both of these things (sedation and intubation) will continue for awhile after surgery.
The plan is to begin surgery at 7:30 a.m. and to go until separation is complete. The doctors gave a rough estimate of 8-20 hrs, so we really have no idea what to expect. I am just praying for success.
In the meantime, Ethan turned 7 years old on Wednesday! Everyday he is changing into a very sweet young man! Unfortunately, we didnt get to celebrate like we usually do - we had a very small family dinner celebration at The Magic Time Machine with gifts at home afterward, but I hope he at least enjoyed it. School begins on Monday, and I am not ready or prepared for it! At any rate happy 7th birthday to my oldest baby boy!!
A few weeks ago, we were put in contact with a photographer to take family photos with all our boys. Unfortunately, scheduling became an issue and Ethan and Liam didnt get to participate this time, but we were able to reschedule for another time with them, though we are still waiting to see these pictures. I will, however, share some of the pictures of just Emmett, Owen, Dave and me.
I am feeling a little numb, or stunned, or in shock. Every time I see my babies, I wonder if we are making the right decision, or if they are ready for surgery. They are just babies! They are so tiny, and the world is so big!! People ask if there is anything I need, or anything they can do for me - pray for my babies, and don't stop until they are healed, and even then pray for them to stay strong and true to our God.
God be with you all. Love your babies tonight, and please pray for mine.