11/23/09 Surgery

Juliana’s echo this morning showed that her PDA was moderate to large. We met with the cardiologist and his strong recommendation was to go ahead with the PDA ligation. We will meet with the cardiac surgeon a little later today to get more details about the surgery. It is currently scheduled for tomorrow, but we don’t know the specific time yet. I should be able to do some kangaroo today for a few hours, so I’m looking forward to that.

Update: We met with the cardiac surgeon and the cardiac NP. Juliana will be the first surgery tomorrow morning which puts her in the OR around 7AM. She should be finished and back in the NICU by 10AM at the latest.

21 thoughts on “11/23/09 Surgery

  1. Prayers, prayers and more prayers! Praying God guides the hands of the surgeons and that little Juliana’s heart is corrected and heals quickly!

    Jen – don’t be scared…God is in control and He is so mighty and so powerful. Praying specifically for you, too, that you find peace tomorrow while your little precious girl is in surgery.

    Love you guys!

  2. May God grant you the serenity you need, and bless the surgeons’ hands as they work on your tiny, precious baby girl.

    Love, Cathy

  3. Wish I could be there with you. I’ll be praying for Juliana, you, and the doctors and nurses.

    Hugs, Mommy

  4. Jen, we will be on our knees tomorrow morning praying for God to lead the hands of the surgeon. Peace be with you my friend. My heart goes out to you & Jason.


  5. J&J – My heart has been with you all day, and will continue to be throughout tomorrow. I pray the Great Physician will facilitate His healing through the mortal hands he’s given you and Little J. I am so thankful she has had these extra days to gain strength and enjoy precious time with her parents. Much love!

  6. My prayers will be lifted up, for God to guide the hands of the doctors and all those who will be attending to your precious little one. I pray too that He will give you peace as the procedure is done. Remember He is in control.

  7. Tears and love and prayers for you both and little Juliana. We’ll pray tonight before we go to sleep and then again during surgery in the morning. I’ve alerted Master Chorale members so they can also pray. When you feel scared, close your eyes and imagine giving your little one to Jesus to hold during surgery. He’ll keep her safe in His arms–she is His precious little lamb. We love you and will pray that God will guide the surgeon’s hands and wrap you in His peace.

  8. It is so scary to let go, but in doing so, Juiana will get better!! I love the picture your Aunt Shirley mentioned, imagining that Jesus is holding her during the surgery, I will picture that too as I pray in the morning while she is having her surgery. I will also pray tonight that you will be able to rest, and feel the peace that only God can give.

  9. I will be praying for little Juliana as she undergoes this surgery that will repair her little heart. May the Great Physician guide the hands of the surgeon and infuse his hands with His healing power so that Juliana will be healed. I know it must be stressful for you, and I pray that God will give you strength and peace, and put His loving arms around you.


  10. Juliana and the doctors will be in my prayers tomorrow. I also pray that you would have peace and strength to make it through this next leg of your journey.

  11. God’s promise to Abraham in Gen 15:1 comes to mind “Do not be afraid ‘Jen & Jason.’I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” We will be praying for His protection, His strength and His peace for both of you. We’ll be praying that He will guide the hands of the doctors during surgery tomorrow.

    Trusting in His promises,

    Paul & Celinda

  12. Jen and Jason, I can’t imagine what you must feel right now. I know the God you serve and He will be with you. Your aunts word picture of Jesus holding little J in His arms is awesome, especially when He also will be sitting with you!
    Jerry and I will keep you and your little one, the drs too in our prayers, especially tomorrow. Blessing, Kathy

  13. Jason and Jennifer,

    We will be praying for you all. May God draw close to you tomorrow as you wait during the surgery – that always seems to be the toughest time. We will also pray for guidance for the surgeon and for strength and healing for Juliana. We love you all!

  14. Tomorrow, when you imagine Jesus holding Juliana, you could imagine that He is holding her in the operating room–or you could imagine Him sitting in the NICU rocking chair, snuggling her close and softly singing to her, “You are Jesus’ little lamb.” Maybe He has a kangaroo shirt on, or maybe it’s a white robe. As He bends down to kiss her cheek, His beard tickles her face. She’ll be safe there all morning, rocking gently back and forth in the arms of Jesus.

  15. we will also be praying as a family in the morning and as a couple tonight…may you experience peace that comes from loving God and trusting Him. we are so sorry for your losses with zoe and eden. they are beautiful names. we would love to see you guys sometime and meet little julianna. God bless you! love, jessica and ryan

  16. I don’t know you at all, but heard of your situation through a prayer request on Facebook. I don’t think you have to know someone to lift them up before the throne of God! My heart aches for you, for the losses you have sustained, and for the struggle you are still in. I have a daughter with Down Syndrome that had significant health issues when she was born and had open heart surgery when she was four months old, so I “speak your language” of sats, echos, etc. She was on a ventilator and in the PICU for over 5 months. My heart is with you, there in that room, because I know what it is like. I’m so glad to see the support you have here on your website. If you ever want to contact me, please do. God will see you through any circumstance and you will see Him work in amazing ways in your lives and in Juliana’s life. He is so faithful! What else can I say, you are in my prayers.

  17. Dear Jen and Jason,
    Having worship right now, and saying prayers for Juliana’s PDA ligation. Praying God gives you both peace, and guides the doctors hands. I’m praying the surgery just helps her along to continue to grow and thrive! Our daughter had surgery on her head at three weeks old, and she did great. “And the peace which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:7.
    Sending you both a hug this morning.
    With love,
    Monica and Jeff

  18. hi there, you don’t know me but I have been praying for you guys. My 30 weeker was born 10/9 and is facing the pda ligation later this week. His had closed on his own but other medical complications caused it to go from small when he was born to large now and its causing him more problems. Glad your baby made it through the surgery. Your little girl is an inspiration that gives hope to me.

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