"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
--Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Date is Set

I couldn't stand the suspense of not knowing so I caved and called Michigan today. I was transferred to Kim, Dr. Bove's secretary. They are an hour ahead so it was already 5pm there and she had shut down her computer for the day and was walking out the door. They are so wonderful there that she turned everything back on and looked in Dr. Bove's notes and saw that he has offered us July 13th for Connie's next surgery. That means that pre-op would be on Thursday, July 12th and Connie would be first case (and likely only case) for Dr. Bove on Friday, July 13th. I'm not superstitious, but I'm also not fond of the fact that his surgery will be on a Friday, the 13th. The good news about this date is that hopefully he'll be fully recovered by the time school starts in late August. The bad news is that he won't be able to attend Camp Rhythm, the heart camp sponsored by St. Louis Children's Hospital. This was to be his first year to go to mini-camp (day camp). Our tentative plan is for Connie, Greg and I to drive up on Tuesday, July 10th and take a day to get settled and check out local bowling venues in the A2 area (We promised Connie we'd bowl in Michigan) before pre-op testing begins on Thursday. We will have a room at the Holiday Inn near the University of Michigan until we can get a room at the Ronald McDonald House next to the hospital. Between the grandparents, I think we've got the other kids covered. Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare for this next step of Connie's journey. Here's the boy sporting his Dr. Bromberg fan club shirt ("When I grow up I'm gonna be a cardiologist.") and showing off his survivor hat and zipper scar.