By the next evening, he took his first flight on the Medical Transport jet to Children's Hospital in Dallas, TX.
Yesterday he was prodded, poked, and prepped for surgery.
Today at 8:30am he will go into surgery to repair a Tracheal Fistula and an Esophageal Atresia.
This is not what I imagined when I dreamed about having my first child.
Here's how you can pray for us:
1) Please pray that the surgeons experience complete success tomorrow morning. This would mean that they repair the fistula and discover enough esophageal tissue to connect the esophagus and Gareth's stomach. If they do, his time in the NICU will be much reduced. If they do not, he will spend a much longer time in the NICU.
2) Please pray that Cliff and I would be continually reminded of God's love and comfort during this crappy time
3) Please pray that Gareth would heal quickly, that his pain levels would be minimal, that he would come off of the intubation in record time, that he will be able to go home sooner rather than later.
I won't be posting pictures of him in the hospital. I just can't bear to commemorate this moment in any way. I do not want to remember my baby with tubes and wires running off of him. I do not want to share the painful presence of oxygen machines and antibiotic IV's. I wish that I was changing his diapers and worrying over his circumcision scar and taking care of his belly button instead of watching professionals do so for me. It is my prayer that you will never, ever have to know what this scene looks like.