Thursday, October 9, 2008

One word says it all.....



MIRACLE! Miracles do happen!...again. Lindsay was proof of that today with all of you wonderful people on her side and of course the mighty power of GOD. He did it again! Our lives were crushed yesterday with the news and this morning was grim. Well, I will just say it was awful for us. The unknown is a horrible feeling especially when it concerns your baby and it is totally out of your control. She is the strongest person that we know and are still amazed on what her tiny body has been through in just this last week.

Details of the surgery were wonderfully explained by Elaine. Dr. Devaney was very pleased and pleasantly surprised with the increase in her oxygen saturation after the operation. He put in a different shunt called the central shunt. I still have yet to look that up. :-) He even said that her heart function looks like it actually improved immediately! The operation was a success and she should be good to go for another 2-4 months before they decide on doing the Hemi again. He was so confident in the success that he went ahead and closed her chest! She will undergo a few heart caths before the Hemi to determine if she can withstand it. If then they decide that she wouldn't be able to tolerate the surgery because of the increase in pulmonary blood flow, they would put her on the transplant list. I want to thank you all, once again, for the continued support and prayers sent our way for Lindsay and our family. We feel the power of your prayers and they give us the strength to make it through this amazing hurdle in our lives. We are so humbled by the support from all over the country and trust me when I say, we feel the love! We are exhausted beyond belief, so we are going to take a short nap and then off to see our princess. Speaking of Princess.....the nurses think that as well. Just check out the photo above with her crown on. We took this one last night and the other is of Lindsay after surgery today. The nurses decided to make Lindsay a crown because of the rank in royalty that she is prooving that she is. :-)

Until tomorrow......

A very thankful,

Suzie and Jr

27 comments:

The Nevilles said...

What amazing news! She is beautiful. You are in our hearts and prayers. Hope Cruz gets well soon!!!



Love,
Hunter, Avery, Jess, Mike

Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD...OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!

At the risk of repeating myself, (I said this in a previous post!!)be sure to check the comments after Suzie's most recent post, especially if it has been a long wait for news and you are starting to panic. Sometimes, the family calls one of us...Tina earlier this week, me today...and asks us to post so you won't worry. Since we don't have any way to access the regular part of the blog, we can only post in the comment section. So...if you are worrying, as we all were today...check there!!

Love and heart hugs, Elaine

Anonymous said...

Sitting here at work with tears running down my face. Lindsay has proven time and time again just how strong she is. And I'm not surprised, look at how strong her parents are! You have been in my thoughts all day. And a big thank you to Elaine for posting the update earlier today - I was so relieved when I read that.

Keep fighting, Lindsay!

Tina said...

Dear Suzie, Jr and Lindsay,

That is a great idea to check the other peoples post to get updates that if you don't have a stupid computer like I have at work the you CAN'T post or check any comments. I was about to have a nervous breakdown by the end of the day when I had not seen anything. I am so glad she is doing so well and she does look great in the pictures. Can't wait to see those eyes open again.

Love you all so much and hopefully you can rest a little easier tonight.

Love Always,

Steve and Tina

Gdogwilly said...

We're so glad Lindsay turned the corner today. Thanks for all the updates. We'll keep praying!

Greg and Kathy

jessica jenkins said...

Thank god, that news is wonderful, we have been looking at the blog every ten minutes and ALL of my clients said they would say an extra prayer!! There is a lot of love and support everywhere!! So glad we got to see you and give you a big hug, we miss you and your family and hope to see you soon, Lindsay is a fighter!

Anonymous said...

She looks so good. I'm so relieved. I hope you guys get some rest and a little reprieve from worry. We'll be praying for a speedy recovery.

Love,
Amanda, Ryan, Sonora, Maizy, and Owen

The Butcher Family said...

I am overfilled with JOY just seeing her beautiful face! She is indeed a princess!

Prayers will continue...

With love and many blessings for today~ Rebecca

The Winter Family said...

Suzie and JR.,
The next time you talk to/see Cole... ask him to sing the new song they learned at school this week... "My God is so BIG, so strong and so mighty, there's nothing my God cannot do!!" ...the boys sang this to me the other day and then sang the fight song! We love you... Kiss Lindsay for us!
love,
steph

Anonymous said...

God is good - and the prayers of his faithful are heard. We love you all and continue to pray for Lindsay and the rest of your family.

love ya! Ron & Sue

Anonymous said...

:) :) :) :) Lots of smiles and sighs of joy ... from a group of NICU nurses following the story all week:) You are in SOO many of our thoughts and prayers.. sending nursing hugs from Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital NICU.. Keep it up kiddo:):) We are rooting for you!

Anonymous said...

Amen ! How can someone not believe in prayers ! Little Lidsay showed us how powerful they are. Hope all keeps going good for you and all your family in the days to come. I will still keep you all in my prayers for a wonderful recovery .

diana said...

Lindsay is amazing and quite a fighter for such a tiny princess. Thinking of you all day. So relieved the news is good. Will keep those prayers flowing.

Anonymous said...

Thank God! Never underestimate the power of prayer! She looks awesome and I absolutely love the princess hat. I can't think of any other little girl that could wear it better! Sweet dreams little Lindsay... and hopefully your parents can get a good night's sleep as well.

Love,
Aimee

Anonymous said...

It's amazing how big God is! He has given all of you great strength, we're so proud of you.

Keep up the fight, He'll give you the victory!

In our prayers, Brian, Tricia, and baby Shaff

Patti VanHuizen said...

Praise God! Way to go Lindsay, we knew you could do it!!

Rebecca said...

Suzie,
I went to bed with such a heavy heart last night. When I spoke with my mother on the phone last night I told her that I felt we needed to pray for a miracle. How amazing is Lindsay? And how awesome is God doing his handy work? I'm so glad you have the strength to endure. Blessings to all of you. You are a family of amazing people.

P.S. - I'm pretty sure the note from the NICU nurses in Grand Rapids came from my cousin and her team. You are loved by so many!

Evie's Story said...

Praying it will be oh, so soon that she can be back in your arms and talking about going home. We've prayed for you through these very hard last days and appreciate you sharing your little princess with us. Bless her heart - AND YOURS!!
Mandy

Uncle Dan said...

Lindsay is sure a fighter! She has some maize and blue in her blood! Look at it this way...she has more victories than Michigan does this year and I know she will have many more! Maybe the team should take some lessons and learn what a real fighter is like?? My prayers came through so far and they will keep coming more and more. I am always thinking of you Lindsay and the thoughts that your Doctors will do their very best to get you smiling again. I know cousins Braeden and Camden can't wait to play with little Lindsay...


Hey Steph....Cole was singing the fight song in the car when I picked him up from the airport last week and I asked him how he learned the words and he said...from Bob!! lol! GO Blue!

Katie said...

He is so good...I'm thrilled that Lindsay handled today so well. What a little trooper! She truly is a princess and a blessing to us all. She looks absolutely GREAT too. Love and prayers to you and your entire family~
Love,
Katie

Anonymous said...

Princess Lindsay you look beautiful! praying for you, Mary

Angie said...

We are all so relieved that the surgery was a success!! Yay!! What a strong, beautiful little girl you have!:) Hope everyone can get some much needed rest today!! Love you all!

Anonymous said...

This really does go to show us how STRONG the power of prayer is!!! Thank God they are being answered and that He is watching over Lindsay, the Dr's, and all of you. Suzie, it was wonderful to hear your voice last night - I'm in awe of your strength and will continue praying that God will send you and JR a sense of peace.

Lindsay is definitely a fighter AND a princess! What a combination :-)

Much continued love....and Cole, you keep on singin' that fight song.....

Love,
Shannon and Brian

jeandavee said...

So very happy she is improving; I hope everyone continues to get better!

The Davidson Family said...

So happy to see her color improve in the pictures. We are praying for you princess Linday - keep staying strong, you are loved and thought of by so many.

Our thoughts with you all, Love The Davidson's

Maggie Geiger said...

Of course she should have PRINCESS status, after everything that she has been through. Maybe even QUEEN!
So glad to see that Lindsay looks so good. Hopefully you and Jr. were able to get at least a bit of sleep last night. PLease know that your family is constantly in our thoughts and prayers. I checked this blog so many times yesterday, I thought I might have lost it!

Love,
Dan,Maggie,Ben, & Alli Geiger

Evie's Story said...

the facelift on the blog looks great...fitting for a princess!!!