Monday, June 11, 2007

Feels Good to Have Today Behind Us

"Duncan is fine." These precious words were the first our surgeon uttered as he spoke with us in the family waiting area after the surgery - MUSIC TO OUR EARS! Dr Galantawics and his partner, Dr. Cheetum, worked on Duncan's heart for about 1 1/2 hours starting around 1:30pm today. This first procedure (of 3) is designed to balance the blood pressure going to the lungs by placing bands on the pulminary arteries as well as inserting a stint into the PDA, a vessel allowing communication to happen between the pulminary arteries and aeorta. This work is designed to keep Duncan stable and healthy until he is 6 months of age, at which time he will go through the second procedure.
Both surgeons found Scott, myself, Ricci (Scott's Dad) and Becky Smith on the edge of our seats in the waiting room at about 3:15pm. They described Duncan's surgery as "text book -" everything went totally as planned. We let out HUGE breaths of relief!!!
We are both elated and exhausted. Two to three weeks of hard work lie ahead of us, as Duncan both recovers from the surgery itself, gaining his strength back, AND learns to feed. He has had no milk of any form since birth (receiving calories through an IV instead), so he has some catching up to do. We will be balancing care of Jackson here at home with visits to see Duncan at Children's Hospital.
Thanks to EVERYONE who has been praying and supporting us. We are happy to say that thanks to church, family, friends, and friends of friends, we have a refrigerator filled with meals, laundry caught up on, cleaning under control, and tons of prayers being lifted to God. I would like to extend a special thanks to our "Angels" who have been doing deeds of all kind to help out.

Moments after receiving the news, Scott and I start the phone tree!

There they are: Dr. Cheetum and Dr. Galantawics

Baby Boy Duncan only an hour or so post-surgery. He was squirming around, as usual!

The breathing tube comes out tonight or tomorrow... otherwise the only difference between pre-surgery and post-surgery is the white bandage marking the incision for his surgery. He's our little WARRIOR!


ArtCricket said...

I'm so glad to hear that the surgery went well. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers often.
Love to all,
Beth Akins

sharonali said...

Scott and Tricia,
The Williams family is so relieved to hear that Duncan is "on his way"! We are so grateful for your blog. Every day I check the most up-to-date news. It is amazing that you have the time to multi-task to the max! Big LOVES!
Sharon, Larry, Bryce & Jill Williams

Sarah said...

Tricia and Scott,
The boys are BEAUTIFUL!! I am thrilled that Mr. Duncan came through surgery with flying colors! Love to the four of you, Sarah