He wanted us to know he is ready to rock and roll tomorrow:
And now for something completely different. Kate got a call from Dr. Dustin this morning and he said...and I quote, "I think Wes can go home on Friday." When Kate called me, I couldn't speak. It is every emotion you can possibly imagine all at the same time. The thought of him actually being here in our house seems like a cruel joke. I have been looking at their empty cribs every day for a long, long time. With everything going on with Max this week, we are actually going to push him coming home until Monday I think. That probably sounds ludicrous, but we have to do the following before he comes home:
1) Take the "Going Home" class
2) Get certified in CPR
3) Take the car seat class (you know, 90% of all car seats are installed incorrectly)
4) Learn how to thread Wes' feeding tube up his nose and into his stomach, testing to ensure proper positioning
5) Being trained on Wes' respiratory treatments, which are done 4-times a day (one of those times is at 2:00 in the morning...sorry Kate!!!)
6) getting set up with an Occupational Therapist who will work with Wes on bottle feedings
So, that is a lot of stuff to do before Friday with Max having major surgery tomorrow. Hope that all makes sense.
At the end of the day, the reality is that these kids will leave the hospital some time. A few times I didn't think that would ever happen. I am going to miss being a parking garage and hospital snob. I will not miss the cafeteria for one second. Unless they have chocolate covered raspberry ice cream. That is the only redeeming thing about the cafeteria. And Sour Watermelons. I guess we will have a number of weeks visiting Max yet to enjoy a lot of those things.
I am going off on a tangent. We cover your prayers for Max tomorrow. Or right now. Tomorrow is a really big day, a lot of invasive surgeries, a lot of room for error. Pray for the doctors, pray for the nurses, and pray for Kate and I. We will be at the hospital at 6:00 or so tomorrow morning following a poor night of sleep I am sure. But focus your prayers on a successful procedure, and a lighting quick recovery. We cannot move Max around too much or hold him for a few days, so we hope that those days will pass quickly. Thank-you to all of the faithful prayer warriors who have been with us through this journey. A journey that started on March 9. A journey that is taking a turn, but will not be ending in the near term. Thank-you for your support. Your prayers have sustained us.