You know I forgot to mention this when Cayla had her heart surgery, but I have to share about the anesthesiologist who came in to talk to us. He was a big, tall, gentle, man who was younger than me. He had all the family there and told us that morning before they wheeled Cayla away that as soon as Cayla is in his care, he looks at her as his own child. He told us about the 2 boys, I believe, that he has and how blessed he is to have them. He wouldn't want anyone to hurt or do anything to harm his children. So when he takes a child for surgery, he looks at them and treats them as if it's his own child laying there, and will do everything in his power to make this surgery as pain-free as possible. He is the one that had her the first hour she was in the OR. I believe he is the one that put the central IV in through her jugular in her neck using an ultrasound machine. Amazing really since she had no neck... I'll find some pictures from the day of surgery. He also put the peripheral IV in her wrist as well and completely prepped her for Dr. Stewart to come and do amazing things with her teeny, tiny arteries.
|Samuel holding his sister who has no neck, but the anesthesiologist got the IV in her jugular anyways. I know most babies are like this and of course have a neck, they just like to hide it well. :o)|
|This is the anesthesiologist on the right I was talking about who took Cayla and handled her as if she was his own. :o)|
|Cathy, the lactation nurse, and I the day Cayla was discharged the first time.|
|Dr. Vlad standing in the middle, not sure exactly what his real name is... I don't know if Vladamir is his first or last name. I'm thinking it's his first name. Dear Dr. Vlad and his Russian accent. :o)|
|Nurse Kathleen from the NICU, one of my favorite nurses in the whole hospital. :o)|
This was during Cayla's EEG, a brain scan or something like that.
Overall, I came away from Cleveland Clinic last Thursday with such a peaceful and joyful spirit. God is in control and He is working in lives. What more could I ask for? We did stop at the Ronald McDonald House to return one of our keys that we finally found... they're so good and patient and didn't even get upset with us. We still will repay them even though they say, only if we can, and if we do, there's no rush. We were able to have that room for 24 days at $20 a day. Could you imagine what a hotel or other lodging would be? So much to be thankful for. They are adding 20 more rooms on the side, but despite the construction, we were still able to stop and smile with Ronald before we left.
|My nephew Tyler and Ronald... ;o)|
|Ronald, Samuel, Tyler and Sheylyn... love them all!|
|Me, Ronald and Mom saying goodbye. :o)|