As you probably already read in the last post, I was able to go back with Eliana and make sure that she was knew daddy was with her right before the procedure started. The doctors and nurses told us that it would take about 2 to 3 hours.
When the second hour passed and hour three was quickly approaching, we all started getting concerned. Why hadn’t someone come out and told us that they were going to take longer? Is this normal?
Eli’s doc finally strolled around the corner and Leah and I were front and center waiting for his results. The first words out of his mouth were, “the aortic valve did not act like I would have expected.” Immediately, Leah and I made eye conctact, thinking the worst. He then went on to say, “normally I look for the aortic valve to respond a specific way, but it didn’t.”
Doubts, questions and worry ran through our mind, “Was Eli ok? Where’s my daughter? Was the doctor able to fix her valve?” He told us before that this procedure could have many different outcomes, one of them being leakage. Eli’s valve is already at a disadvantage, so to take away its ability to seal properly would lead us to a valve replacement much quicker than we wanted. What did he mean? Were our fears becoming a reality?
I started asking questions as to why the valve didn’t react normally and what the ramifications were. We were very relieved to hear him say that the pressures in the valve were decreased by half with no leakage. Are you serious? You just told us that it didn’t go the way you thought it would.
As we listened, waiting for the doctors conclusion, he said a word that I can still hear as clear as day. In his Netherlands accent, he said, “it’s actually quite miraculous…it’s really too good to be true.” Miraculous? Did he just say miraculous. We couldn’t believe our ears. Leah and I looked at each other…we knew it! God answered our prayer. I quickly looked the doctor right in the eye and said, “this is what we’ve been praying for…Eliana’s name means, ‘My God has answered.’” He just said, “keep praying then” and walked away. We were so excited! We couldn’t wait to see her.
We walked in to her recovery room and she was just laying there, so peaceful, slowly waking up. What a beautiful gift that God has given us. We just prayed, saying thank you. Then came the long wait…6 hours of no events or alarms and we could go home.
Eli did great. She never cried out. She never got cranky. She never got upset. All of which we thought would be the case. But she didn’t, she just sat in mom’s and dad’s arms the entire 6 hours.
We finally got her in the van around 8:20pm – almost 12 hours later – and she was asleep before we even left the parking garage.
We go back in a month to see the results of the procedure. We’re continuing to pray that the results after the procedure stay that way…to be specific for those of you who are praying with us…no leakage and a mean pressure gradient of 24.
Thank you for praying and for continuing to pray…I still can’t get over it…it’s miraculous! Our God has answered!