Hi Everyone, many of you wanted me to share again about prayer requests and just touch on what tomorrow will bring for us as well as what we have occupied our time with here.
This morning started out with a COVID test. This is standard procedure for all people that are going to be having general anesthesia because when they place the breathing tube, it exposes all in the room to the aerosolized air coming from the patient. For this test, we needed to get an Uber, drive to the hospital, stay within the car while they shoved a cotton swab all the way into the back of Ollie’s throat and then drive back. It ended up being a crazy experience filled with language barriers, uncertainty of processes and insane bravery from our little man. Needless to say, I am super excited to get that out of the way. Oh, he did test negative.
I feel like everyone is still treading water with the COVID situation and trying to figure out where our old way of doing things, fits into this new style of healthcare. It’s hard to explain to Ollie why he can only see the eyes of the nurses helping him due to their PPE (personal protective equipment). Or why he has to keep his mask on at all times. Explanations of the “Super Bug” only go so far in the mind of a 4 year old. But he pulling through like a champ.
We have tried to keep our schedule as close to the one we would have at home. Dedicated outside time, nap time and quiet time. We have added in a few fun foods and I think we have created a bubble tea monster! He tried his hand at chopsticks last night which was extremely entertaining for all and messy for cleanup later. Ollie is getting used to the idea of walking everywhere, and has decided that we should have brought his bike, so that he could get to the park all on his own!
Parks have been our entertainment this trip as mostly everything is closed but that’s okay with us! There is a neighborhood park that we can literally see out our window that Ollie has made some friends at. It’s so fun, the same kids come everyday and they love playing together. So far we have explored the Public Gardens, which are absolutely beautiful and the Charles River Walk. The Gardens have all sorts of different trees, fountains and paths to wander through. The River walk takes you past the yacht club and brings another dimension of beauty to Boston.
As for tomorrow, there a few things we need to do tonight to get him ready. Ollie needs a good scrub down in the tub and trim his nails to get him all clean for tomorrow. They had us hold his medications today and hopefully he will be back on those a few days post-op. Tomorrow we will need to be at the hospital at 10 am and surgery will be at 11 am, if all goes according to plan.
How you can pray for us:
- As of right now, they are only letting one of us spend the night. We have always had the two of us there and it is up to the Charge Nurse on Ollie’s floor on whether or not Ethan will be allowed to stay as well. It would do my heart a world of good to have him there with us.
- Pray for calm hearts as we go into this for us as parents but also for Ollie. He will be sedated a little but then have to be wheeled back into surgery alone due to COVID restrictions.
- Pray for Ollie’s surgeon, Dr. Afshar. Pray that he will have steady hands, remember his limitations and do his best for our little man.
- Pray for patience as Ollie recovers. He is a very active little man and it sure to want to get up and go!
- Pray for our hearts as we wait in the waiting room.