Hey everyone! Well another long day down here but an encouraging one! Surgery was over at 12:50 and we met with Dr. Moyer and he said Emmalee's surgery couldn't have gone any better but we will have to wait for at least 6 days after her heart surgery to see how her esophagus is going to work when she eats. Best case scenario is that she has no problems and all stays down when she eats. Next best is that it works the way it's suppose to but she might have a little trouble figuring out the whole eating thing and might need a feeding tube for a brief stint just to help her get started. There is a worse case and a worse worse case scenario as well but we really don't think she'll have those so I'm not even going to mention them:) I truly believe that she is all fixed and she'll do just fine! Today after surgery she rested real well. She was pretty sleepy and just layed there all day...which is what she needs to do. We don't want her to be real active because we want that esophagus to heal good before the heart surgery on Thursday. But tonight when we went up there she was a little more active...still very comfortable and sedated...but it was good to see her move her little arms and legs. Her incision is actually on her right side, kind of on her back under her arm. Seems weird to think that's where they'd go in but I guess it's the best access to prevent blood loss....which they said that she didn't hardly lose any and that the risk of infection is very low! Yea! Praise God! So...we will just get her through her surgery on Thursday and get her on the mend to bring her home. We thought today's surgery was long but Thursday they said it will probably be an all day affair...the actual heart surgery is about 6 - 8 hours and prep time could be 2 and recovery 2. So...we are going to enjoy these next couple of days. I guess our prayer requests at this time are just healing of the esophagus and that she would gain the strength she needs before Thursdays surgery. Thanks to all who are keeping us in their prayers. Emmalee wouldn't be doing this well if it weren't for all of you! Well we got to try to get some sleep now. We'll keep you posted on anything new and keep the messages coming...we love reading them...so encouraging to us!
Love~ Jon, Ali, & Emmalee