Emery – post op – surgery 1

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Blessing day! photo cred: Rebecca Knudson

On Sunday Tawnymara’s & Dallin’s bishop came to the hospital along with Dallin’s huge family to bless baby Emery. It was a beautiful blessing with some pretty great promises, one being that she would live to the age of baptism.

Emery was in such good form that they took off her oxygen patch and they were moved to a different floor on Monday where they could relax a little more and enjoy each other.

family time – photo cred: Rebecca Knudson

That was very short lived.

They were told that no surgeries were scheduled for Tuesday and they could go ahead and get her in. Unexpectedly soon. It was heart wrenching that their time of cuddling and loving on her was so small. But it was promising to get things going as well.

The surgery was scheduled to start at 7:30 am and go until 1:00 pm.

her heart

What I understand from it was that she was on a heart by-pass machine. They patched some things, combined some tubes, and stuck a camera down her throat to keep an eye on things.

The surgery went over by over 2 hours. There were issues with her blood pressure and she had to be put back on the by pass machine for a bit. But she came through.

Her intubation tube will reside in her for about 3 weeks with that camera. Her chest will remain open for a few days until the swelling goes down and they know they can safely close it up- probably Friday.

Open chest tied together.

Seeing her with her eyes open and looking around was disconcerting for me. For some reason I thought she would just be ‘under’ until they had her sewn up and the tubes out.

I know she’s sedated, but I fear she’ll cry or squirm and hurt herself worse. I think I’ve used helpless to describe my way of feeling throughout much of this.

I need to start using blessed more. She’s doing so well that they’re pulling back on the Bp meds! She was expected to crash last night, but she made it through like a champ. So SO many good things happening right now. The next 2 nights will be touchy, then 3 weeks of recovery in hospital, then home! She’ll get a break until around 3 mos for her next procedure.

This is not something I would ever wish for for my daughter and her husband. But throughout it there has been an outpouring of love, support, and care that I haven’t witnessed before with our family. It’s humbling to know how many people have been cheering Emery on and even crying tears of compassion on her and her parents’ behalf.

I know this is only the beginning of Emery’s journey, but now it has begun with gusto! She has more friends than she’ll ever know. And hopefully her story can give others strength as they go through their own trials.

17 Replies to “Emery – post op – surgery 1”

  1. So, so happy to hear she is doing so well. Heartwrenching for sure! It is sooo difficult to not be able to help someone so helpless. Went through surgeries with our youngest granddaughter at age 1, have a small idea how you feel. Still sending prayers. Blessings to the whole family!

  2. Aww so sorry your family is going through this turmoil.. I’m a grandma of 4 and it’s so hard to see the sweetness and want to help! Hang in there!! Prayers to all

  3. As a grandparent I know that helpless feeling. Our faith certainly helps as Jesus comes through the acts of kindness of others. My prayers are with all of you especially precious Emery!

  4. Thank you for the update. So painful to watch Emery go through so much and not be able to comfort and hold her. My great granddaughter is almost 3. Her heart surgery was not as lengthy or as complicated but it was hard on the family as well as on her. I am praying for each of you to have peace and the knowledge God has His arms around Emery.

  5. Thanks for the update on Emery’s condition.Glad they were ale to fix the defects. She is doing better than expected, miracles do happen. Keep faith.

  6. I’m so happy for Emery to have this difficult first step behind her … lots of love to her and family. All the best to you…

  7. Thank you for sharing! That way we can pray for all of you! How heart wrenching this must be! I’m so sorry. Remember God is in control over this situation as He is in all things. Will Pray for strength and courage to all so deeply touched by this please keep us informed.

  8. Thanks for the update. As difficult as it was for you, this surgery will help her grow stronger. I’m so glad that God and his angels were watching over you. Sending lots of love and prayers for you.

  9. Thoughts and prayers continue for little Emery…She remains such a strong little girl for all she has endured. Thank you, Kristie for the heartfelt updates. God Bless sweet little Emery and the family, and my love to you all.

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