Baby Braden Petska

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Surgery Update 8/22 1:30pm

We met with the surgical assistant today. She went over the whole process again, the pros, and the cons. This is the riskiest part of the 3-step surgical process to "re-wire" the plumbing in Braden's heart.

We are scheduled for the 9 hour surgery tomorrow. This however could change at any minute of course. Braden has taken priority over other patients that are here and moved up the list. We feel horrible that this happened to the other families that are waiting because we know how it feels to "hurry up and wait", as my mom would say.

By the sounds of it we will be shackin' up with Ronald McDonald for a few days at his house which is right across the street.

In terms of visitors: People have asked about coming up to see us. We are constantly meeting with different doctors all the time or being briefed on the situation at hand. After the surgery however we will gladly be taking visits. We will have 3-5 weeks of observation and waiting afterwards and things won't be so crazy. (hopefully)

Posting Comments: Some people have said that they are uncomfortable posting on the blog page. That is OK! You can still email us at Feel free to ask questions or whatever you want. I know that a lot of you probably have questions to ask.

Please keep us in your prayers. We ask God to help Braden through tomorrow's surgery and that he has no post-op complications. We also God to give us and our family the strength and courage to get through tomorrow and this next month ahead of us.

Love to all of you. Thanks again for all of your love, support, and prayers.
Rich, Steph, and Braden


Anonymous Aimee and Shannon Blansette said...

Rich and Steph,

We will be thinking about Braden tomorrow and praying for his speedy recovery after the surgery. You obviously have many, many people who love you all very much -- count us in that group!

Aimee and Shannon

2:37 PM  
Anonymous John Missy and Tyler Nelson said...

Rich and Steph,

You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will be praying for Baby Braden tomorrow during his surgery and for a speedy recovery. Take care and know that we are here for you.

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anna, Jaqie, Donny & Arielle said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you both and your precious baby boy. All our love, Anna & the kids

p.s. Rich, give my sister a hug for me and tell her I love her.

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Aunt Pam & ted said...

Rich & Steph
Ted and I will have you in our thoughts tomorrow as you are every single moment. Ted says "Braden is gonna be fine cuz he knows that he is fighter." I guess who knows better than his big cousin.
We love you guys and I can't wait to hold my "GREAT" nephew.
Pam & Ted

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Stacey Tunteri said...

Steph and Rich --

Braden is a lucky little guy to have parents like you. Your new family is on my mind at all times, and I'm sending all of you lots of love from far away. I can't wait to meet Braden, and Steph, I can't wait to hug you!!!

10:38 PM  

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