The following post is the prayer update I just emailed our church. One thing I need to add though is that Nationwide Children's Hospital provides the opportunity for friends and family to send ecards to patients and then they get delivered every morning in the special "mail." Will you please send Endurance one, or many? You can do it as often as you like! The info that you need is his name, unit, and room number (Endurance Holston, CTICU, rm#7). Here's the link: send ecard Thank you!
Endurance has had some setbacks this week since his arrival here in Ohio. Endurance has pneumonia. He was already on antibiotics for a different infection, so they've added a couple more. Once the test comes back as to which type of pneumonia it is, they will get more specific with antibiotics and take off the unnecessary ones. They have his crib mattress at a 30 degree angle to help his lungs. Also he lays on his stomach for 24 hours and then on to his sides for another 24 hours, switching sides every 2 hours. And lots of suctioning through his breathing tube!
We want to let you know that Endurance's surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday morning. The surgery will take 6 - 8 hours. Mike and I spoke with Dr. Galantowicz again today for quite a while. He says that speaking to his team again (they do this daily, with more intense meetings about each cardiac patient on Wednesdays and Fridays), they are encouraged with how Endurance is doing and how the surgery will go. Although he's had some setbacks, they really have nothing to do with his heart function which they're happy about.
Dr. Galantowicz drew out for us what Endurance's heart and lungs look like and what he will be doing. He then explained to us that he goes over in his head, thoroughly about 10 times, how he's going to do a specific surgery on each patient. He's said he's gone through Endurance's surgery 6 times so far and the last two have been phenomenal! Mike and I broke out laughing when he said this. I had to tell you.
We ask for specific prayer regarding Endurance's pneumonia to progressively get better, and for Endurance to stay stable. On a lesser note, our van is in great need of prayer, but God got the family to Columbus!
Thank you for praying through many seasons for Endurance! May God continue to be glorified through this little boy!