I guess we are about as ready as we are going to be for tomorrow's surgery. I have been amazed and touched by how quickly people scrambled to help Glenn and I out. I was overwhelmed by the support we received from our church family. There are already meals in place for the next couple of weeks, Caleb received a Nintendo 3DS on loan from a friend, we have a portable DVD player to keep him entertained, and someone put together a giant snack basket for us to take to the hospital. I have received over 100 comments and messages on Facebook from people offering prayers, encouragement, kind words, and bible verses. I love it. I printed out several of the messages I have received, along with the bible verses. I'm going to put those up in the hospital room. We have such a great support system and it has helped us tremendously. I have done all that I can to prepare as well. I've packed our bags. I've put together a huge container of crafts, coloring books, markers, glue, scissors, construction paper, and a journal. I made a poster board that reads: "We ♥ Caleb!". I'm going to hang it up in the hospital so that everyone that visits Caleb can sign it. We told Caleb about the surgery over the weekend. I was dreading that. But, all things considered, he took it very well. He was a bit emotional. He seemed most upset that he is going to miss so much school and he can't see his friends. He really wants visitors while he is in the hospital and after he gets home as well.
I am doing okay. I have moments where I feel such peace and strength...and then I have moments where I totally fall apart. I got emotional taking Caleb to school this morning because I knew it was going to be a good while before he could come back. And he knew it too. I could tell he was feeling a bit emotional as well.
I think we are as prepared as we can be. His surgery is the first of the day tomorrow. 7 am. From what I understand the detethering surgery can take anywhere from 4-6 hours. I'll update as often as I can on Facebook and I'll post more detailed updates on the blog at least once a day.
We are thankful for the prayers. Keep them coming.
Pray for Caleb to have peace, Glenn and I too.
Pray for Glenn and I to be patient.
Pray for a successful surgery.
A quick recovery with no complications or surprises.
Pray that we can avoid or at least limit the time spent in the PICU-I've heard it is awful.
Pray for Benjamin to feel secure even with all the craziness that lies ahead.
Pray that we all get good rest.
I'll keep you posted.
Caleb is so blessed to have so many people who love him, even people that have never met him. He is a blessing and I love him. Okay, I'm getting all teary-eyed. I'm gonna stop now.