Today was a LONG day. We got to the hospital at 9:30 and didn't get finished there until almost 3.
We started the day with paperwork, length and weight. I forgot to ask what Claire's length was, but her weight was 11 lb 8 oz, which means she hasn't gained anything in the last 2 weeks. It's just one more indication that her body is ready for this surgery.
We met with the surgeon and went over exactly how the repair was going to be done. This was really helpful as I'd never really understood the valve part of the repair, but it makes much more sense today. Unfortunately, the only reason I sort of get it is because he drew us pictures, and I can't reproduce them here...The did a chest x-ray, but no echo. The will do an internal echo tomorrow right before the surgery.
The worst part of the day, by far, was the blood work. I told the nurses right off the bat that Clarie was a very hard stick. They requested someone who was good with babies and the first tech was able to get a little blood from her, but it wasn't nearly enough. Another tech came down to try and she couldn't get anything. She started rooting around in Claire's arm and I told her to quit, that we'd had enough for now and they'd have to get someone else. Normally, that would be the end of the blood work for me. They had their tries and couldn't get it. But today we had to get the blood no matter what. Finally, after a lot of tears, they were able to get what they needed and everything is ready for tomorrow morning.
We have to be to the hospital at 7:30 and surgery is scheduled to start an hour later. The surgeon thought with how hard they worked to get blood that it might take up to 2 hours to get all her lines in place. There is a nurse that will update us when all of the major steps of the surgery take place. The hospital has wireless internet, so I'm hoping to blog about the mini updates as we go.
Claire is bathed and sound asleep for tonight, and I'm not far behind. I know tomorrow is going to be a long day and appreciate all of your prayers!