Tuesday, July 8, 2008

(Bump) Surgery, Delivery, Recovery

(With today being Gwyneth's six month birthday, I've gone back and recalled what I wrote that day. We have much to celebrate! This post and the one below were from that day.)

They took Tricia down to OR just before noon. We got a call just after 1:00 that the tracheotomy went well and that she was stable. However just a couple of minutes later we were told that they were proceeding with the C Section. So we all rushed down to the surgical floor to join Nathan.

The wait seemed like forever, but about 45 minutes later the OB doctor came in and said the C Section went well and that Tricia seemed stable. The wave emotion that swept over us was huge. Lots of tears. Prayer of thanksgiving.

The baby weighs about 1 lb. 6 oz. She's been intubated and is in NICU. We've seen a picture the doc took on his blackberry. She's tiny, but has hair on her head!

Tricia's been taken back to ICU where they're tweaking her ventilation. For the time being she's kept under sedation and paralysis to keep her still. Her pulmonary doc met with us a few minutes ago and told us what took place. There were about 75 people in the OR and he said they all did their jobs well.

He also said Tricia's chances of survival from this are still "iffy" at best.

Nathan seems to be doing OK now. It was tremendously emotional for him, as you can imagine. He's been in to see Tricia. Later we'll get a visit from someone in NICU to update us on Gwyneth's status.

So please, if you're part of the prayer effort, don't stop now. Both mother and child are critical at this point. But all of us here know that all the prayers helped us get through this.

And the doc was wrong about who was in the OR. There was One he missed.


Kate said...

All of us at Worship Frequency are praying for Nate, Tricia and Gwenyth too. Nate has been keeping us up to date as best he can--we are so relieved to hear the latest, and we are continuing to pray!!

The Lenda's said...

Praying for Tricia Gwenyth and the rest of your sweet family.

Rebecca said...

Oh my goodness...

Thank you for the update.

I'll continue praying, and I'll put the link to this blog on my blog.


Jane-Jane said...

Thank you for the update...

THE ONE (referring to the last line) was the most important!

I praise God for their status at the time of this post.

I'm praying for all...emotions in your family have got to be all over the place.

Nicole said...

Thank you so much for updating us so frequently...we don't know you family personally, but have fallen in love with them over the past few weeks. Tricia, Gwyneth, Nathan and the rest of you are constantly in our hearts and prayers.

islandgirlart said...

I have come to give you LIFE and to give it to you ABUNDANTLY!
STAND FIRM in your fight!
Those that wait upon the Lord will RENEW THEIR STRENGTH!
By His stripes we are Healed!!!!
Our God is Truly an Awesome God!
continuing to surround you with God's protection and Healing Hands!
Cindy Wise

Rich and Lauren said...

thank you for the update, Rick. We will continue praying. we love you guys!

Dirkey said...

Crying at work, will continue to pray for both Trish and Gwyneth.
My nephew was born around the same time and he is a crazy energetic 5 year old now with no medical issues at all. He is also amazingly spiritual, and is a little missionary(shared Jesus with his friend at Day Care this week). I think God used all the prayers for him when he was young to form him to be very mindful from a young age. I will pray the same for Gwyneth

Emily said...

Congratulations, Granddaddy!

I'm praying from KY. As a mother who knows firsthand that God is sovereign over all things, I am standing in the gap for you and yours. Thank you giving us the honor of doing so.

The Cassettys

islandgirlart said...

Congrats Grandma & Grandpa!!!!!
Rick, I was reading one of your blogs earlier - pro-choice having a whole new meaning.
It made me think about laying down our life for another - what that might truly mean.
We will never know exactly what it cost our Lord and Savior to lay down His life for us - but I know your family has a much clearer understanding after today.
I am so glad that God has promised never to leave us or forsake us.
Praising God and continuing to cover you with the Blood of Jesus!
cindy wise

Laurie said...

Congratulations Grandpa, and yes, you are so right, the Great Physician was in the OR directing the traffic. Praying for both of these girls that they both grow strong and healthy in Gods care. Praise God in advance for the work He will continue to do.

Laurie in Ca.

Denise said...

Rick and Gail, Agnes and Don - Congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter - Prais be to God for His presence in the OR! I know He will not forsake you now or ever.


Kara said...

Prayers for all your family!


pipsylou said...

Praying, praying, praying...

Marcia said...

Just heard of your family's journey in the last few minutes. Have read your last few posts and have also done the same at Nate's blog. What an amazing story! As the grandmother of ten, with another due in May, I can only begin to imagine what this has been like for all of you. I so very much admire your decisions to allow God to give you the courage of your convictions, and just absolutely and utterly depend on Him for everything you need through all of this. I am joining the thousands around the world in praying for all of you!

Christine said...

I'll be thinking of and praying for Tricia and Gwenyth, and your entire family...know that there are many out here in the blogosphere who are doing the same. I wish there were more I could say. You'll be in my heart and I'll be checking back frequently.

Rick Lawrenson said...

Thanks everybody!