You will have significant experiences.
I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of
them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh
your memory of these meaningful and significant things.
Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you.
Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some
may build upon another until they represent a lifetime of
special experiences.
- Gordon B Hinckley

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Praying for Friday...

Dear Family and Friends,

We have a date and time…kinda.  Zac has been scheduled for surgery on Friday as an add on case.  This means that they can take him to the OR anytime after 7:30am.  However, he doesn’t have a specific OR time dedicated for him.  In order to do his surgery there needs to be a cancellation or other surgeries need to be completed ahead of schedule.  While none of that sounds very promising, the doctors assure us that there is almost always a cancellation.  If they are not able to perform the surgery on Friday, then it will be pushed back to Monday, as this type of case isn’t something they want to perform on a weekend.  Harumpf!  

The chief of neurosurgery has selected two spinal specialists at assist in the case.  By all accounts, each are very experienced without being too experienced (if you catch my meaning).  All of Zac’s pre-op labs and tests are normal.  The surgery will last a minimum of eight hours.  Upon completion, he will be transferred to the Neuro ICU, where he will stay for 1-2 days.  From there the length of his stay depends upon how quickly he recovers.  

Zac is in ok spirits.  Today he seems calmer than yesterday.  He’s asking for legos to build and we got “patio privileges” ordered so he could walk outside with me.  He’s taking the same medications he was on at home, nothing more, so his pain level is stable.  His mom and my mom are here with us.  His older brother came this afternoon and his dad just arrived as well.  We had been staying in a hotel until today.  We’ve now moved over to the Tiverton House, where we will probably stay for the rest of the hospitalization.  Depending on how prolonged that is, we might bring the kids down.  

I must say that I am overwhelmed by the love and support we’ve received.  We have AMAZING friends and family.  For all of you who have picked up our kids, cooked a meal, sent a text, donated money, offered a place to stay, offered a hand to hold, said a prayer…I’m just overcome with the feeling of love from all of you.  I feel guilty because you’ve all already done this for us once…and I feel like we need to stand on our own two feet…but that just sounds impossible right now.  I can only be apart from my kids because I know what loving hands they are in.  I was telling Zac’s aunt today about the arrangements that we’ve made to care for things at home and she commented on how blessed we are to have so many helping hands around us.  She is right…we are so, so lucky in knowing all of you.  Thank you!  You continue to humble our hearts.  

We are praying that the surgery actually takes place on Friday.  We continue to pray for a miraculous outcome.  We also pray for the boys, who both are throwing up with the flu, and my dad who is caring for them.  

Believe in Miracles,

The Bollinger Family

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