Friday, November 17, 2023

A Sigh of Relief

It was a long day, but it ended well. Really well. Ramona is settled into her room for the night, where Nathan will stay with her. She feasted on chicken nuggets and ice cream, while snuggling an army of stuffed animals and watching movies. Her grandparents and siblings were able to visit her around supper time, which she was very excited about. Dottie and I are back at the Family House for the night, and she's sound asleep. It all feels like a sigh of relief. 🤍

Thank you so much to everyone who was praying over her throughout the day. It had it's ups and downs, but. overall, everything went about as well as we could have hoped. She was very upset when it was time to go back for her procedure again. They gave her some medicine before heading back that was supposed to help her calm down, but it was no match for her fiery determination. If you know her at all, that's no surprise 🤣 I was able to go with her to the operating room this time and stay with her until she fell asleep, which I am so thankful for. She was very upset, so I'm glad I was able to be with her. 

Ramona wanted me to ride with her,
and the staff kindly obliged.

The procedure went wonderfully, and she did great with the anesthesia. She was very emotional and disoriented for the first couple of hours after waking up, but they said it was nothing out of the ordinary. Once she got past the part where she was crying to go home and asking where we were, she kept asking over and over if Daisy could come see her yet. That was pretty precious. 

They'll be giving her Tylenol overnight to make sure her pain is managed, and she's scheduled to get a chest x-ray in the morning (standard follow-up), and then hopefully head home. She'll have a few days of antibiotics to help ward off infection (they want to be extra cautious since they were going right into her heart). Oh, and the loop recorder they put in last week was removed, and Ramona is very excited that Dr. Ferns is letting her keep it. 🤣 

I feel like I'm forgetting something, but that's all my tired brain can think of at the moment. Thank you again for praying for our family, and especially for Ramona!


- mainly just thankfulness for God's goodness today

- thanks that "He gives us more grace"

- for a good night of sleep for everyone

- for the next few weeks of recovery

- for her heart to be healed

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

Isaiah 40:28-29

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