Well, this week we get to the heart of the matter - both figuratively and literally! :-)
Tomorrow (Monday) David and I will head to Sacramento. We meet with his surgeon at 7am Tuesday morning, and his heart repair is scheduled for 9am.
It feels strange to be writing these words as this has been such a long time in coming; I can hardly believe the time is finally here. We've known since mid-November it needed to happen, but David needed 3 or 4 months to recover enough from his stroke before this could be done.
If all goes well David will only have an overnight hospital stay and will have a week of recovery at home.
Tests have shown that there is more going on in David's heart than just the ASD but have not been able to pinpoint what the other issue(s) is(are) - which is why his cardiologist keeps calling his situation "unique" and "complicated" and why he is sending him out of town for surgery. As the doctors are working with him Tuesday they will not only be using the catheter but also a TEE (transesophageal echocardiogram) to get a REALLY good look at what's going on in there, so they're goin' in from top and bottom - and hopefully will get to the bottom of things!!
We continue to be overwhelmed with gratitude for the love and encouragement people have shown us, and we are so thankful for the prayers that are being said for us.