Wiersma Family Blog

A glimpse into our lives as a family with micro-preemies. Our twins boys (Lovingly referred to as our Miracle Men) were born almost 16 weeks early.

Our journey continues when our son Max was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 3. This is his story....

Monday, September 21, 2009

Surgery Update

I just wanted to get a quick post on here to update everyone on the time of Wes surgery tomorrow. It will be at 12:30 P.M. and likely take about 2 hours if everything goes according to plan. One of our biggest concerns (other than the fact that he is going to have surgery and be put under general anesthesia) is that he will have to be intubated and put on a ventilator for the duration of the procedure. We are praying that God will give him the strength to quickly recover and begin breathing on his own. If he needs to remain on the ventilator after surgery, they will move us up toe the PICU again. That is not a huge deal, but we have enjoyed the Independence we have had in our private room versus the fish bowl rooms on the PICU floor. At the end of the day, this is all petty stuff compared to a successful surgery. They can put us in a smelly closet if it means that Wes' procedure went well.

Please join us in storming the Gates of Heaven with prayers for our son. It is no fun when surgery becomes "old hat" for your kids. Pray for the nurses and doctors in the OR and the nurses and doctors charged with Wes' care following the procedure. And Wes' parents too...if you have time. Wes, then the docs, then the nurses, then us. I will update as soon as I can following the procedure.


  1. I will be praying for Wes, all who are taking care of him and for you Mark and Kate, being a mom myself and having children go through surgeries, the waiting is not easy...
    One time just before I myself went into surgery our pastor reminded me of Psalm 121
    1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
    where does my help come from?

    2 My help comes from the LORD,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

    3 He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;

    4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

    5 The LORD watches over you—
    the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

    6 the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

    7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;

    8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.
    He reminded me that even when I was sleeping God would be awake. He never sleeps. That was a comfort to me then and is a huge comfort to me now. May it comfort you to know that you are not alone, God is in Control He is watching over Wes, Max, both of you and all who take care of them.
    with lots of love, hugs & prayers,

  2. I will be praying for Wes and for you guys, too! "Do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10
    Amy Sluiter

  3. praying for your strength as parents to stay strong and for your little one that all will go well and breathing will resume without a hitch! God is here and he is watching over you!

  4. praying for you...for Wes and his brother..for the Hospital Staff...and that you will see Gods active presence and be strengthened by it:) In His Grip..barb baumann