Monday, August 8, 2011
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit...
After Valor finished up in recovery, we were told we could head to the family waiting room at the PICU. It was explained that Valor would be wheeled by on his bed where we could see him for a minute, then he would proceed to his PICU room where we could join him after they had him settled. So, off we went and we waited. It didn't take long before we got to see him. Poor buddy! He looked beat up! The surgeon did an amazing job, but with the swelling, stitches and blood, it is hard not to feel sorry for him. Besides, no matter how amazing he looks, it is going to take a mama's heart a little bit to adjust to anything but that little face I was used to. We both were overcome with emotion when we saw him and were surprised that he was anxious to see us...even in such a medicated state.
We have been in his PICU room ever since. I spent the first two hours holding him in his bed. (You should have seen the nurse, Brian and I trying to get me up there!) He sleeps for a few minutes, then fusses, he's just miserable!! I was able to entertain him with my phone for a little while. He played Angry Birds and listened to some music. Right now, Brian has him in the rocker - 900 wires and all.
I keep asking when is he going to sleep... the response I got was that it didn't seem like he was going to... hmmmm, that doesn't sound good.
Beyond the of the surgery, God has blessed Brian and I with two adoption encounters. While we were waiting on surgery to finish this morning, a nurse came to us and explained that she has a heart to adopt and that she knew all about Valor from our blog! Amazing!! We were able to share and hopefully encourage her towards being able to adopt. It was such great thing for us to visit with her and be able to allow our journey to come full circle for someone else.
Also, the lady who checked us into the PICU shared with us how she was adopted as a baby and what life had been like for her both growing up and finding her natural family later in life. What a story! We felt so honored that she shared it with us! Both of these ladies lifted us up!
Your prayers are still appreciated and needed as we head into the night! Looks like it might be a long one!