Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Surgery Day Pics......

Daddy, Mama and "little bug" having some snugglebug time before surgery this morning.

Connor 1 hour after surgery in the recovery room. His incision is 2 1/2 inches long. Ouch!!!

Guess who's behind all of these medicine towers????? That's right, our little bug is quietly laying in the tiny bed behind this whole zoo of wires and iv's.

Daddy and Mama with the anestheologists being wheeled into the Operating Room. By the way, Connor was freaking out the whole walk down the hallway....I think he knew what was about to happen to him.

Daddy and Mama holding Connor's new heart surgery pillow right before going into surgery.

The "Million Dollar Wire Man" (aka Little bug hooked up to close to 30 different wires, tubes, iv lines and probes......yikes!!!!)

Another view of the many wires that Connor is hooked up to. Hey guys, can't you spring me from all this stuff, I wanna go home!!!

Connor snuggling close to Mama the morning of surgery....who knows how long we will have to wait to hold him again while he's recovering from his incision. We took every opportunity this morning for snuggle time. This was also the first time in 50 days that we saw Connor without anything taped to his face. What a beautiful boy he is!!!

Another pic of Daddy and Mama holding Connor tightly the day of surgery.


Anonymous said...

Wow, what photos! I love the one where he has nothing on his face and you are right .........he is SOOOO beautiful!! He also looks soooo peaceful in your arms and Randy's too. We will pray that it will not be too long before he can be in his mommy and daddy's arms again. You 2 amaze me that you are working on photos right now, I can not believe you are not asleep! Also, how can you Lori Look so beautiful in all these photos. I know you are tired but you would never know you have been dealing with all of this by just viewing the pics. God's strength is sooooo amazing.

Tara Blanchard said...

He looks SO handsom guys. In all honestly. :) Even with the 30 plus wires! :) He is just SO precious.
My sister, who is 36 now, had open heart surgery as a baby. She has that same scar on her chest, and has always worn it as her "badge of courage". Even through her teenage years, she sported it with a bikini. :) So that's what brave little Connors new scar makes me think of. One of the bravest women I know. :) Now he has the same mark. :)

Sleep tight. :)


Auntie Teresa said...

Randy, Lori & little Bug!

You did it Connor!!! You are so amazing & God is good. My what you have had to go through. you will have many a tales to tell when you get older & can show off a Scar of courage! I must admit it is hard to see that scar on such a little body, but is is also the miracle you need to get stronger!

We will keep praying for healing & recovery time to go fast. The comment up above is so true. Absolutely amazing how you both look so good in the photos! God is our source of strenth in times of trouble & it sure show's on you both. We love you & will carry on with prayers for all of you!

Love, Auntie Teresa

P.S. Little bug, I can't wait to come down for a visit & snuggle with you...you are soooo adorable.

Gary, Lynette, Zachary, Lucas and Savannah Maulin said...

Randy and Lori,

We are so glad that the surgery went so well for Connor. All our prayers continue for you everyday. We pray that Connor has a great day today and that he can rest peacefully.

Dad & Granpa said...

Randy, Lori, and precious Connor

Connor you are so brave, and I know that your healing will come swiftly so that you can be back in the arms of Mommy and Daddy. It looks like you have now joined with the "zipper" club with both of your Grandpa's. We'll have to get a picture of us all holding the "heart" pillows.

I am so glad that the surgery was successful, and without any complications!

Aunt Avis called this morning to see how Connor is doing, and to let you know that she is praying for all of you each day.

Randy and Lori, I know that you are going through a very stressful time, but your faith and courage show through in all the pictures! Please know that we are praying for a complete healing for precious Connor.

WE love you,

PS, I know that you can't give Connor a lovebug hug at this time, but just touch his forehead for us.

Auntie Maureen said...

Randy, Lori, and Connor-bug
All three of you did so well yesterday...You should be proud of yourselves. This was not easy but praise God He helped you through it. Randy and Lori you were a pillar of strength for your little bug and I know he felt your love and strength as he went down the hall. Good Job! Praise God for his mercy, grace, and peace.

I am glad you posted the pictures. Words can't really describe what it looks like. I am still surprised how many machines Connor has. Does he get good reception??
Bless his banded heart...We love him.

I love you guys. Get some rest while Connor is recovering because this little bug is getting ready to fly home and he will be keeping you very busy!!

Love, Auntie Maureen

Shawn said...

What a difference a day makes. I smiled when I read Maureen's blog about Connor getting good reception. All the technology he has encountered he will be a Microsoft prodigy by age 10 and may be able to incur some royalties/scholarships for his future ministry. Bionic Man brings on a whole new meaning in the year 2006. Step aside Lee Majors and make way....

Heidi, Ron and Oscar Denessen said...

Hi Randy, Lori and Connor,
We just wanted to say good morning! We are so happy to hear your surgery went well Connor - such a fighter!!! I read the "Mama's Little Bug" book that Teresa gave to us yesterday, and thought of you guys. Oscar smiled too, sending Connor some good vibes I'm sure. Try to rest as much as you can, it will do you good.
Love Heidi, Ron and Oscar

Auntie Heather Milliren said...

Praise the Lord!

Randy, Lori & Connor~

God is so good! I am so grateful that Connor flew through yesterday's surgery with flying colors! It must be those Air Force genes and all of the prayers.

Yesterday was a beautiful day here in Mt. Vernon. I am positive that all of the tulips in Skagit Valley had their heads turned toward the south in support of Little Bug's surgery. Today, I am sure that they are all turned upward in praise and thanksgiving to God's amazing miracles.

The boys and I spent many times throughout the day praying for all three of you. My mind couldn't help but think of a beautiful painting that I saw nearly seven years ago. I am sure that you have seen it too. I was consulting with a surgeon regarding my gallstone attacks when he recommending removing my gallbladder. Yikes! The thought of surgery was overwhelming to me at the time. Olivia was only a few months old and breastfeeding. Plus, we were in the midst of buying our first home. But, I found great comfort as I stepped out of the examination room and saw a painting to my right. It depicted a surgeon's hands performing a delicate procedure. And, wrapped around his hands were the Lord's--guiding every intricate move. I knew that I didn't have to worry anymore. I knew that the Lord would be right there in the OR with me. Isn't it good to know that He has been there for all three of Connor's procedures. And, that He isn't done yet. He will continue to be there any and every time Connor needs medical intervention. God is so awesome!

Thank you so much for sharing all of the beautiful pictures of the three of you. Connor is such a sweet Little Bug. His scar is so endearing! Just think of him showing it off someday as he melts all the girls' hearts at the beach. I know that he is melting my heart already.

You two look great, too. Tired, but great! Lori and Randy, we (bloggers) truly appreciate your time and energy keeping us updated and posting the fantastic pictures. But, please, don't feel pressure from us out here. You both really need to take some time to get some rest for Connor's sake. You are meeting with medical personnel throughout the day, visiting with visitors and other parents of patients, and trying to spend as much time with Connor. Don't feel guilty if you cannot write everything on your heart. We can read between the lines and entries. Please take this as encouragement, not a lecture.

I love you three so much. I can't wait to give you some extra special hugs tomorrow.


Auntie Heather

P.S. Olivia's prayer last night was so sweet. She asked the Lord to help Connor's lungs and heart feel better. She was very specific in how she wants the Lord to help Connor with a steady and easy breathing pattern. Out of the mouth's of babes. . .

Brenda said...

Dear Randy, Lori and little bug Connor!

Praise the Lord for bringing Connor through the surgery and for guiding the hands of the surgeon!

Thank you for sharing photos and your thoughts online with us - being so far away, it's wonderful to be able to connect this way.

We're praying for the three of you for complete healing of Connor, restoration, peace and comfort for you as a family as well.

We love you guys!
~The Alaska Carlsons

Brennan Bennett said...

Baby Connor, I'm sorry you are having a rough day yesterday. And, well, I can't wait when I get to see what you are going to do, like baby things. Baby Connor, I love you.