Monday, April 14, 2008

Surgery a Success!!

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 encouraging to us!
Love~ Jon, Ali, & Emmalee


Anonymous said...

J and e, Jared sent me your blog address. Will try and keep up with your situation. Congratulations on your first baby. Sorry you have to face all those challenges, but you are so lucky to be near Mayos. will be sending positive thoughts your way. All the best. Robert

Anonymous said...

Was so glad to get the call from your mom around noon...know that we continue to lift you all to the Throne of Grace...see you on Thursday, but until then, know you are in our hearts and in our prayers. What an amazing God we do serve. Love, Aunt Suzi

Anonymous said...

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. - Deuteronomy 31:6

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6

Praying many, many times a day for Emmalee! She is resting because she feels the warmth of Jesus' big hands cradling her...may you find rest in Him too! (From someone who really truly loves and cares for all of you!)

The Moser Family said...

Hi Ali and Jon: What an answer to prayer! Dr Moyer was Charlotte's surgeon back in 2005. We really liked him...we called him Mr.Noodle's brother from Elmo's sesame street and you'll know! Anyway, Emma looks good under all the equipment. You are soooo blessed to have Mayo so close, and all the specialists. WOW. The girls have been asking to pray for Emma during the day big and small are lifting you all up! take care, marianne

Anonymous said...

My heart is with you. I don't think a minute goes by without me thinking about you and Emma. I pray continuously for you and when the words aren't there I know the Spirit is lifting you up on my behalf. What an amazing testimony to God's amazing love little Emma is already and she can't even speak! Sarah

Anonymous said...

Praise God! Emma we were praying so hard for you yesterday. We are so glad the surgery went well. We will continue to pray for healing and comfort for Emma in the coming days. Ella prays for her new little cousin Emma to feel better. We are praying and thinking of you all constantly!

Auntie Chris

Todd and Annette said...

Hi Jon and Ali!!
Just wanted you to know that we are constantly praying and thinking about you!!
The kids are even playing hospital this morning - maybe Emma has inspired one of them to be a doctor some day! We miss you all and can't wait to have you home. Thank you for letting me share in your day yesterday, we love you guys!
Annette and family

Anonymous said...

Hi Ali,
Just wanted you to know that my family and I, as well as Bill and Bonita are praying for baby Emma. I have to represent them here because they don't know what this "blog" this is.
Mike Ross

Anonymous said...

Hi Ali and Jon,
I just got on your blog site. You seem like you are doing great! Emma is so perfect! I heard about this through our prayer chain at NEFC. Keep being positive and resting well. God has his hands all over her. We'll be praying!
Juliette Reiland and family

Anonymous said...

Ali, I'm so glad to see she arrived and is doing so well. She's BEAUTIFUL. I've been thinking about you alot this last week, but this is the first chance I got to check your website. I will pray for you all.
Chele Koch

Anonymous said...

Ali and Jon...Oh how precious baby Emmalee is! The glasses and the pink booties...rock star quality!
Keep up your strength and faith...we are praying for you.
Every day is a gift...embrace it:)
Marcia and John