I haven’t even started writing this post and I’m already teary! I wasn’t expecting to be writing about bringing my precious little girl home for several weeks, but here we are – I’m writing from our lounge room!
After having a fairly smooth night “rooming in” and confirming Hannah had gained weight, her specialists were happy for us to be discharged and bring her home. What an amazing answer to prayer!
Initially Hannah’s cardiologist expected her to be in hospital for 4-6 weeks, however, Hannah ended up at home much quicker than we expected. There are so many variables and so many small things that could have gone wrong along the way that she could have easily been in hospital weeks longer. Fortunately she went to full term and was a good sized baby, she was able to be operated on quickly, she responded to and recovered from the operation well and she learnt to feed and began put on weight almost straight away.
For each of these factors we give great thanks to our Heavenly Father. He enabled the doctors and nurses to care for our little girl so capably, to identify what was wrong and complete the first stage of her heart’s repair so well. We are in awe of the great standard of medical care we enjoy in this country, and the effort that goes into caring for these vulnerable little ones. He also sustained Hannah and helped her progress so well so quickly, along with keeping us calm and confident in her recovery. It has been wonderful to see the changes in her that have occurred so far, as she grows and gets more alert day by day.
So where to next? Gus and I are really enjoying being home and getting used to looking after Hannah here. She has had her first bath here and overall is sleeping and feeding well. We pray that continues!
Over the coming weeks we will have a number of checkups to see how Hannah progresses. We will have occasional visits to our local hospital to check on her oxygen levels, and we have appointments booked with her cardiologist, surgeon and a local paediatrician.
The checkups will indicate to her cardiologist when her second operation needs to happen, which he suggested will be when she’s around six months old. The next operation is called a Glenn Shunt, which replaces the current synthetic shunt with a vein from her leg.
But as I mentioned in my last post, our aim is to treat Hannah like any other kid, and focus on her reaching the development milestones like starting to recognise our faces, learning to smile, learning to crawl etc.
We’d love you to help us as we navigate being first time parents.
Please give thanks for …
- The opportunity to bring Hannah home so much earlier than expected
- Hannah’s excellent care in ICU and all the doctors and nurses who looked after her
- God’s provision of so many friends and family to support us over the last few weeks and months
Please pray for …
- Gus and I adjusting to being parents, that we would loving and patient with each other
- Hannah’s growth over the next six months and the preparation for her next surgery
- Hannah’s life, that she would grow to be a woman who trusts in Jesus as her Lord and Saviour
He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever. Psalm 146:6
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4