We were able to spend some more time visiting Katherine last night before we went to sleep. Her nurse last night, Monica, told us that she was their most stable cardiac baby at the moment, so that was a blessing to hear. They had given her a dose of lasix to help with the fluid around her lungs, which will hopefully help her slow her breathing down. We were able to help with her "cares" again and I was able to hold her for a good while. At that point, we still did not know when her surgery would be, but they were leaning towards early next week.
This morning, we went back down a little after 9am to spend some more time with our precious daughter. She slept most of the time and was as sweet as ever. A few times she woke up and was able to look at us a bit. The nurses have been letting her suck on a pacifier, and she loves it. She even uses her little hand to help hold it in her mouth - smart girl! She did get fussy whenever the nurses/doctors checked her and when we did her "cares". This time, Michael changed her diaper and held her, while I admired both father and daughter. He was able to calm her right down and she looked so peaceful in his arms. While we were spending time with her, Dr. Herlong (one of the pediatric cardiologists) spoke with us and told us that the last time he had spoken with Katherine's surgeons, they had had a cancellation for Friday and were thinking of doing her surgery then since she is so stable currently.
This afternoon, Dr. Maxey came to speak with us and said that, at the moment, they are planning to do her surgery at 9am tomorrow morning (Friday). Things are still subject to change at any moment, but that is the plan. Even though we knew that the surgery was coming and have been expecting everything that goes with it, to hear the words spoken and to know that the surgery now has a date and time and that it is very soon still came as very emotional news. Especially the part where Dr. Maxey reiterated that there is no "cure" for Katherine's HLHS. She will only ever have a single ventricle, half a heart. This is the longest, riskiest surgery that Katherine will go through. He said to expect her to be in surgery at least 5-7.5 hours tomorrow and that there are many complications that could possibly occur.
We ask that everyone be praying for Katherine tomorrow. Please pray that she remains stable through the night and that she continues to be as healthy as possible for her surgery. We are also praying that God be with her surgeons, doctors, nurses, etc. tomorrow - to guide their minds and their hands towards a successful outcome. Pray that God gives Katherine strength to make it through this surgery and for us to have strength as well. Thank you for all of your prayers.