Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Second open heart surgery....

Mia is currently undergoing her second open heart surgery in a week. The plan was to have a pacemaker placed and to repair her diaphragm. When the surgeon checked the pressure around her heart it was too high so she needed a second operation. What was suppose to be a fairly minor procedure has turned major. The good news is that she shouldn't need another surgery until she is in her teens or early adulthood. Still I am baffled by how many mountains my poor daughter is having to climb. Tonight I am thankful that she is alive but I am beside myself. Please please pray extra hard for her tonight.

31 comments:

Wendy said...

Got you all covered Melinda. Stay strong and feel God's arms around you all.

Ann Trubey said...

Whew...little sweetie...think about those teen years and adulthood. She'll make it through and so will you. I had Hodgkin's Disease in kindergarten and had a 50/50 chance to survive, as a result, could not have children, but now have adopted 3 blessings. God is so good to bring the little ones through these horrible things, and is with the moms of those who don't even remember it all happening. Continuing to pray for you...my heart is going out to you so...

Aunt Pammie said...

Mindy & Dan,

I just want you to know that all of you are so in our prayers.I just spoke with my pastor & he is going to have our church say a special prayer for all of you tonight.I can't imagine what it has been like for you but we have been lifting you up in prayers constantly.I believe in my heart, God would not have brought you all together if He didn't plan on bringing you through this.Know that when you feel you can't go on, we will all be here for you.But more importantly, God will pick you up & carry you.If you need anything at any time of the night or day, just call. We love you guys!

karenwahlgren said...

Oh my! So I got distracted from the wedding planning and decided to try to find your page. I am bummed after hearing the news of today. But know Mia is in my prayers!!

Anonymous said...

Our Thoughts & prayers R w/u!
The Skelley Family

Shannon's Mom (Georgias granny) said...

I pray this up battle will soon be behind you and little Mia will soon be all pink and on her way to a full and happy life. God planned for her to be part of your family -keep your faith.

Tara Anderson said...

My prayers are with you! I know this second surgery was a surprise to you, but it was NOT a surprise to God! Praise Him for that! He holds you and your Mia in His loving, all-capable hands!

Mike and Barb said...

Melinda and family,
I found your blog through Kim - your little girl is so precious, and I'm praying right now for her for complete and quick recovery!
Praying for strength for you as well - thank you for updating us!
Barb

Valerie and Jeff said...

I have the picture of Mia with the big pink flower headband on in my mind as I pray for her tonight. She is so beautiful, so precious. God give you all strength and continued hope. Keep the faith.

Kelly (Mike and Zane) said...

I've been thinking about her all day...it will continue w/ some more prayers

Lindy said...

I keep thinking about how lucky Mia is to have a loving family now to see her through this... and that she has a "Mama" to call for comfort. I'm praying for you and Mia.

Karin said...

Oh Melinda...I am so sorry your sweet Mia has had all these setbacks. Although we don't know the 'why's', I am confident that our God never asks us to endure pain unless He has a purpose in it. My daughter had open heart surgery in April, so I know what you're dealing with. One of the babies in the next bed had the same type of setbacks little Mia is having (almost identical, actually). He is home now and doing well. I pray that will also be the case for Mia. Hang on to God...He will give you all you need. "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest int he shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

Jamie said...

From one heart mama to another, I am praying for your Mia. I know it's tough for all of you. May God bless Mia with healing and strength for everybody during this tough time!

Anonymous said...

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

This was one of the verses that my Grandma would always tell me when I was worried about something and it gave me peace. I hope and pray that you will have His peace too Melinda. Please know that we're praying for little Mia and I know God will take care of her. I continue to be amazed at all she's been through but she's a strong little girl and now stronger than ever because she has her family behind her every step of the way! She'll be calling out for 'Mama' soon enough Melinda, I just know it! Will keep on praying for God to give little Mia the strength she needs now to get through all of this. Take care and hugs to you all. Jeanie

Shannon said...

Oh Melinda....I am praying!!!! Hold on to the promises that you know. Lean hard and allow yourself to continue being carried. Sweet Mia is going to have such a story to tell and I have no doubt that the Lord will use it for His glory. She will be able to step into the lives of those who are struggling in such a beautiful way.
You have to be so exhausted...please know that we are praying!

Kim K. said...

Please know that we are continuing to think and pray for Mia. There are amazing things planned for your sweet daughter. Hugs!!

Carey and Norman said...

So sorry to hear about Mia's 2nd open heart surgery. I will be praying for Mia's surgery and recovery and for your family as you prepare for another surgery and recovery. May God give you strength during this week to endure the emotions and stress of going through another surgery.

Praying.......

Lerah said...

Praying for your great treasure Mia. Lerah (a friend of Shannon)

Donna said...

Praying for Mia and you, too.
Donna

Adoption Momma said...

God bless you and your family!

TanyaLea said...

Continuing to lift you up in prayer through this very, very trying time. There are no words. Just continue to lean on the Lord for His divine comfort and strength to pull you through. You do not have to endure this alone. God is there and clearly, so are all of these amazing bloggy friends and beyond. So many prayers are going up for all of you, so know that you are surrounded by love and prayers. Sending loads of hugs your way....

Sue said...

Please let her be on the road to recovery now.
Mia we are all thinking of you! Your China sister, Jadyn just looked at your pictures and blew you a kiss. be strong baby girl.

Aaron and Erica said...

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23

I was reminded of this verse today and now it made me think of you and little Mia. I'm praying for you and your entire family...I know this is hard.

Michele a friend of the Millers said...

Shannon Miller has been so kind as to share your journey with the friends that followed the journey they had as they brought sweet Georgia home and I am so humbled by the committment of love and tenderness you have for Mia and that will truley get her through and this will soon be a distance memory of a rough bump in the road.

La Dolce Vita said...

Oh, Melinda. I am so, so sorry. Praying for you and for your sweet mountain climbing girl.

Angie said...

Melinda,

We are certainly lifting sweet Mia and her whole family up daily. What a strong little girl she is and what a testimony she will have one day of the healing miracles of God.

Randy and Staci said...

Praying for sweet Mia that her second surgery and recovery will be perfect, and that her family will be comforted during this time.

Shannon said...

Melinda,
I am praying that this new day brings a whole new strength and health to all of you.
Hnag in there!

Sarah said...

Eagerly awaiting an update to hear how Mia is doing this morning.

Thinking of you all...

Sarah

Anonymous said...

I just want you to know that I am praying for Mia and for you and your family. I have this posted on my refridgerator "Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of it's sorrows, but only empties today of it's strength." It's simple, it makes sense, but I know it is so hard to do. But try. Don't get a head of yourself or God.

Praying,
Gail Ray

Wife of the Pres. said...

A wise nurse told me "slow and steady wins the race" when S was in the PICU and I was so worried as were the doctors. She did have the Fontan you mentioned, and they could not get fluids into her fast enough b/c as soon as they pumped them in with GIGANTIC syringes her body dumped it out.

It got so bad that she had 3 nurses on her instead of 2. I left that night … and my husband came in. I just couldn't take it, watching her like that.

Hang on Melinda. This passage has brought me great strength from the Lord during our walk this past year:

Isaiah 40
25 "To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.

26 Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.

27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
and complain, O Israel,
"My way is hidden from the LORD;
my cause is disregarded by my God"?

28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.