Friday, December 4, 2009

WE HAVE A HEART!

It's true. 9:00 last night, Mark and I received a phone call from Emily (our transplant coordinator). She was calling to inform us that we have a heart. Our cardiology team believes that this will be the perfect heart for Madison.

(I should have updated this blog earlier, but instead I just wanted to hold Maddie all night. I couldn't let go of her).

Through the night, Mark and I have been flooded with every emotion. I don't think there are any words to perfectly describe how we are feeling. We are so grateful, excited, humbled, sad, happy, and very very scared (at least I am..). We know that we are in the best hospital and we have an amazing team with us. Abigail's dad was right...while I wouldn't wish this to happen to any family, I do wish that you could experise some of our experiences. We have had some humbling and amazing experiences. I wish all of you could meet our cardiology team. They are brilliant people who are truely living and doing exactly what they have come to earth to do. I'm beginning to believe that one can be foreordained to be a surgeon or anesthesiologist . Maybe.. who knows. They are brilliant. They have become our family.

Anyway... Maddie should be going into surgery around 3:00pm (ish) today. She will be in surgery for about 6-8 hours. You are welcome to come to the hospital and visit with Mark and I. (we could probably use a little chattin) For serious, please come by! Mark and I would love it. And we need you. We are only asking that family and friends come around 4:00pm ish. Mark and I just want to spend this morning with Madison. (plus we are talking with many doctors and want to be 100% available to them.)

I promise to keep Maddie's blog updated. For now, here are some pictures of us during the last 12 hours. Enjoy.

14 comments:

Cason Clan said...

Oh my gosh!!! I tried to called you last night because I wanted to meet you before we left the hospital. I am soooo excited for you guys and will be praying for you as you go through this journey. I keep seeing miracle after miracle there. Know that we are here to support you. Ellie will be back on the ninth. So we will come say hi then. Good Luck!! Many prayers will be said for Madison and you guys!!!

Jenny said...

Hang in there guys! I wish I was closer to get to come visit! Know that we too are praying for you all! I love you guys! Love from the Portreys and Hubbards! ;)

Katie said...

WoW! You guys don't know me. I came her from Elisa's blog. She was a nurse for my little one a few years ago as well. I hope you don't mind me popping in. I am so excited for you guys. What a miracle you have there. I'll be praying for your family and little Madison today. Good luck!!

marissa said...

oh my gosh I'm so excited I'm crying!

Maegan and Brian said...

We are SO SO excited for you and your whole family! I was just sobbing lastnight when I heard.I am sure that you are just overwhelmed with so many different emotions. Miracles really do happen and I know that everything happens for a reason. You guys are SO strong and will get through this! We hope everything goes well. Please keep us posted. We probably won't be able to make it to the hospital tonight, but please know that we are praying for you and we are to help in ANY way that we can, just let us know. Love you guys!!

Andy and Sarah said...

Our hopes and prayers are with you through your journey. My name is Sarah, my husband works for Diamond Rental. I have been following your blog since I heard about it. I just thought that I would let you know who I am, so that I am not just some random person on your blog.

The Simmons Family said...

Oh WOW.. I am So excited for you all.. especially Maddie!!! My prayers will be with you today. There is a miracle being performed in the OR today and what a blessing!!!

My prayers go out to the family that so selflessly donated this amazing gift during their worst hour.

I'm so happy for you... SO happy!!!!

Amy and Cody said...

This is so incredible, what a blessing. Good luck! She (and you) will be in my prayers today.

Amber said...

Michelle...I couldn't believe it when I found out last night! What a miracle! We will be by to see you tonight around 6...hope that is OK! We love you guys!

Nicole said...

OH I am soooo happy for you guys right now. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys today. You are in good hands & yes Michelle, I believe so people are foreordained to do certain things. It is what has gotten me through so much. I feel so strongly that the doctors that have helped my daughter are the ones that were meant to, all the way down to her first pediatrician she had. I can only imagine the experiences you two are having going through this. It is amazing how the Lord refines us & gives us these things. I can't wait to see you guys. I am going to try my hardest to get up to see you today.

Susie said...

Mark and Michelle,
My family is praying for you guys (especially for Madison) and for the family that donated such a precious gift.
-Susan (from work)

Kaidence's Mommy said...

WOW!!!!! SO many emotions are flooding back into my heart. It is true, this is such an amazing experiance. I was scared to death as well and never knew that you could feel SO many emotions all at once. Please call me if you need anything, I want to call you but dont have your number. If I did not have kiddos with me today, I would be there waiting with you through the surgery. I would LOVE to beable to do that. It was so great meeting you in person yesterday. She has an amaziing life ahead of her. I am so happy that she got a beautiful new heart so quickly. You are in our thoughts and prayers as well as those that gave you this most beautiful and precious gift of life. I will be checking your blog throught the night. Kaidence sends love and luck your way little Madison. Now you and Kaidence share the same transplant Birthday month, just in time for Christmas. Please call if you need ANYTHING! Today is the first day of the rest of her life. Praying!

Kathy said...

Mark and Michelle,
All of us are praying for Madison and all of you today. I will be thinking about all of you all the time. So many prayers are being said for Madison and for the surgical team. We love you lots,
Kathy

Family Scads said...

My eyes are tearing up as I write this. I know what this day is like...so many emotions...too many to even contemplate! I am thrilled for all of you. Lots of prayers for Madison, the doctors, the rest of you, and the donor family. Please feel free to contact me at any time! And please keep the blog updated!

-Kim