Thursday, May 27, 2010

It's our 1 year HEART Anniversary.


Yup can you believe it. It is our one year HEART Anniversary. One year ago today Wysdom had open heart surgery for his AVSD. We can not believe that it has been a year. So many things have happened since then. I didn't have a blog at the time of Wysdom's surgery. I can definitely say that Wysdom's surgery experience was the seed that started my blogging. At that time I had no idea of the DS blogging community. Instead I created a care page for Wysdom and journaling about our three week and a half week journey. It was a highly stressful time for us. Wysdom was in Toronto and Blyss stayed with my mom for part of the time at home and part of the time she joined us up at the hospital. To be honest I can't quite put myself back to those days. They seem so hard and unreal to me now. I think you just put yourself in a different mindset and prepare for the battle so to speak. You use all your energy and strength to get through it. For those of you that followed our care pages or followed us on the DS BC boards will remember that this was a really challenging time for us. We had many complications that included his chest being opened up for a second time, problems stabilizing his blood pressure, a huge scar on his forehead(that he still has) from a cpap machine and human error as well as pneumonia and several bacteria infections that originated from the central line. Mmmm let me see, was that it? I think that was it.

Even through all of the heartache and pain that Wysdom went through,we know that we were also truly blessed. We were surrounded by family and friends that supported us and prayed for Wysdom and helped keep our spirits up.(which was hard at times). My family came down to visit and support us and my mom watched Blyss so that we didn't have to worry about her in the hospital. Julian's family supported us with food, company and frequent hospital visits. They were often at our room in Ronald McDonald's feeding us and giving us support. My online supporters listen to my rants and progress reports and lifted us up with comment and poems. For all of this we are greatly appreciative.

I was deeply affected by parents that I met going through similar and different struggles that become our hospital friends. I will never forget two families in particular. Both lost their children while we were there. One from a heart condition and one from cancer. There struggles and faces are embedded in my mind and heart.

We are so proud of Wysdom and today we are really just celebrating that he is here with us and how lucky we are to have him and live in a society where the have the medical knowledge and the skills to repair his heart. His heart is still not perfect and may require more surgery..but right now we don't know and are just so thankful for where we are. We love you Wysdom.

PS. Here is a link to an older post on What I learned from Heart Surgery and also a link to our care pages if anyone wanted to see them. http://4wysdom.blogspot.com/2009/07/our-heart-journey-things-i-learned.html
I can't believe it is still there. My word and journals from a year ago. I just reread them and it is so hard to read. Also I can read all the comments from our supporters. Wow! We really did have a crazy ride.!!!

15 comments:

Rochelle said...

Happy heart day sweet boy!

Cathy said...

Only we moms of heart babies really understand the significance of the surgery anniversary. It is such a trying time. Unfortunately, it's something we had to go through in order to keep our beautiful children.

Happy, happy heart day sweet Wysdom. May you continue to grow big and strong!

Hugs from Cathy and Lily

ch said...

What a happy reason for celebrating! Happy Heart Day, Bigs!

Beth said...

Happy Heart Anniversary, Wysdom!

RK said...

Happy Heart Day, Wysdom! You've come a VERY long way, little man!

viv said...

HEY Wysdom, you share the same surgery date as Owen ! Happy anniversary - Your star is shining BRIGHT !

kangfamily said...

Happy Heart Day Sweet Wysdom!! You have overcome so much and are an inspiration. Way to go little man!

Mary said...

I think this calls for a party! Can you liquify some cake and celebrate?

Lacey said...

I wish I had a blog in those days. As hard as it was, I wish I had those journals! Happy heart day little man!

Meghann said...

Happy Heart Day!

mandd3 said...

Happy Heart Day sweet boy! My son had a horrible surgery experience and some hospital neglect thrown in when he was 6 weeks old. It was a horrible time, not knowing if he would make it, when the anniversary of that surgery came this year I just had to keep touching him and pushing the darkness away. I am hopeful that each coming year the memory of the pain lessons. I hope it is the same for you.

Suzie and Lily said...

Your son is beautiful!

Michelle said...

Happy heart day!

Lisa said...

Happy heart day, Wysdom (and Sasha!)... so amazing that we nearly share the same day. Now we'll always think of you when we celebrate ours :)

Elisabeth- Truly Blessed said...

Happy heart day!! Our little one, Charlie, just had surgery on the 21st. Very hard as a parent, but God shows us how resilient these angels are.
In Him,
E