Dr. Kyle called yesterday and told us surgery will definitely be in January. Max has to first have a heart catheter before he undergoes surgery. The heart catheter will check the pressures in his heart, measure the hole in his heart, and check the flow of blood in his pulmonary artery (and probably other things that I can't remember right now). They will go up through his thigh to preform all these tests. The risk of this procedure is relatively low, but there are still risks associated with sedation. Before his first open heart surgery, they did a heart catheter in which they actually made the hole in his heart larger so his blood could mix better. This time they are only collecting data for his surgery. He will have the catheter procedure done and then he will have surgery a couple of weeks after. I have to take him to the pediatrician for a pulse oxygen check next week and then we should be moving forward very quickly.
The power of prayer has been unbelievable to us throughout all of this and has strengthened our marriage and our family. Starting January 1st, we are asking that you please join us in praying a novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A novena is a powerful prayer that is said nine days in a row for special intentions. We are going to use the following novena:
If the novena is not for you, please be united with us in prayer for Max in any way that is comfortable to you. My original intention was to start the prayer nine days before his surgery, but they could call anytime and I want to make sure that we are prepared.
In our time of struggle, 2011 was an unbelievable year for us. We are so grateful and thankful for the gift of life. We are grateful for how God has revealed himself to us in so many ways. We pray that we can continue to open our hearts to Him. Love is the ultimate healer. It can heal all things. Pray for love. Pray for healing.