Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Random Thoughts

The countdown is on - less than a week now until Brady's surgery next Monday. Funny, time doesn't stop for you to catch up and get everything done when there is something big on the horizon. Luckily, I have had numerous friends and family offer their help in terms of watching Michael, the dog and feeding Tom, and I appreciate them ALL ... I'm taking people up on them as well! Heck, I'm even asking people who didn't offer just because it made sense depending on timing and the fact that Michael wants to play with their child. :) Shy? Nope, not me!

Brady got a runny nose this past week, so I kept him out of school earlier than I planned, but I was able to bring him in so he could pass out his Valentines on Tuesday. He had gone to his FIRST non-relative/non-Mom's friend birthday party from a girl in his class a few weeks ago. He had gone barreling in to the play area with his walker and the kids were all, "Brady! Brady! Brady!" Once they entered the bouncy-filled room, they quickly sped off, but for the first 15 minutes he was the center of attention. :) It was fabulous!

I was lucky enough to see Teresa, pre-Violet's entrance into the world, and meet another WS mom, Tammy. Her son is the same age as Brady and their issues are very similar, so it was great to compare notes and get some advice. I am so glad I got to spend time with them, especially since I missed the January meeting of the WS moms at Laura's (due to trying to get everything done and poor timing) and sickness has kept away Coleman's and Lucien's families.

I am getting a lot of helpful advice from other WS moms whose children have gone through heart operations, and it has been such a blessing. I've been asked if I am nervous, but I honestly haven't had time to think about being nervous. I plan on staying with Brady at the hospital, which means an 8-10 day stay, so trying to get everything organized and done before I take off is all I have been doing. I am borrowing a laptop so I can keep the updates going and continue my ever-growing obsession on Facebook. :)

Amidst all this, we have also had some hard times. My Aunt Sadie passed away on February 1, and it's so hard to think she is no longer with us. She is in our prayers, and I know she is looking out for Brady as well.

I am confident this surgery will do wonders for my little man... I think he will really take off once he has the energy. He already has the drive, it is obvious just keeping him home these past few days. With no fever, no aches, just a runny nose, he was definitely going full speed. How is he going to top this?? I can't wait to see!


Noel said...

I have thought about you every day. I remember back to what it all felt like and honestly I can say I wasn't nervous either, unitl afterward. I think your " mom" face takes over and you just can't think about the gravity of it all before hand. I think after surgery was over and I knew Abi was going to be okay...that's when it finally hit and it hit hard. So please, take care of yourself too in all of this.
I will be praying for all of you to find strength. Even strength for when Brady gets home and has a ton more energy thatn he already has!! ( look out World)

Heather said...

You have been in my thoughts. I don't know if I could be as strong as I would need to be. I am praying that everything goes off without a hitch.
I will be watching diligently for updates on the B man.
Big Hugs!

Nicole said...

Brady will be in our thoughts and prayers. You are always so strong, positive, and optimistic. That comes shining through to Brady and will make his recovery that much smoother. Good luck!!

Tammy said...

I'm sorry to hear about your Aunt Sadie, I also believe she will be watching over Brady to keep him safe through his surgery and recovery. I really enjoyed finally meeting you and Brady, it was a wonderful day for us. You, Brady and your family will be in our prayers. Please let me know how everything is going.
Tammy & Parker

Tara said...

Brady, you, and your family will be in my prayers. I have not gone thru what you are going thru, so I have no idea how you must feel. I picture myself being a nervous wreck, though. I will be checking facebook and the blog frequently.

Julie said...

You are in my prayers. I to was not nervous. I guess I just had faith that he would be okay, and look at him now. It is rough being at the hospital that long and seeing not only your own child but other sick little ones. Make sure you take moments for yourself because it can be quite draining. Hugs.