Surgery Time…

Our girl is a champ at doctor’s visits. This bodes well for her.

She did so well at her cardiologist visit, her doctor loved her; But there were some small surprises.
M apparently does not have the condition the doctors in China thought she did, but instead has something a little more complex, which, from what I can tell from the doctor speak (in all fairness, he tried, and did, a very good job explaining everything. It’s not his fault I didn’t understand it all), and the in-depth pictures he drew for us, means that there are more holes and blockages than we thought. The surgery is a little bit more involved, and there will be one valve that will remain leaky.
He said her particular condition and the shape her heart is in, is quite severe, and she will need her surgery sooner, rather than later, as she will begin to deteriorate quickly without it.
So…surgery is scheduled for October 4th. That’s two weeks away.
I will admit, I am a little nervous. Nervous about my girl being able to understand what is going on, but not worried. In spite of all the reasons I have to worry I am surprised to find that I am not… Especially surprised because this is what I do, the worry, and I know that I am not accomplishing this peace and calm by myself. I know who is in control here, and it is not me. I know HE loves our girl, and has big plans for her!


  1. Anonymous on September 18, 2010 at 2:04 am

    I'm so sorry that Mackenzie's condition is more complicated than hoped but so very glad that she is home with you so she is able to have the surgery soon.

  2. michelle on September 18, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Joanna-I feel the same as Debs, Mackenzie is meant to be right where she is w/ you two, her Mummy & Daddy. It is scary to know that your child is going into surgery, it is unsettling to play through your mind what a child is thinking and feeling during this process. Your love, your reassurance, your touch will mean the world to her. We will hold sweet little Mackenzie and you in our thought & prayers. Thanks for your kind words on the blog!Michelle Lynne

  3. Katie on September 18, 2010 at 4:32 am

    God is so good, and we will be praying for you now, then and always!!!!!

  4. lorabelle on September 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Just want you to know that I'm following along and praying for Mackenzie. I'm sure that this news came as a huge shock… So thankful that she is home. It's obvious by your photo's that she is home in more ways than one.Her smiles and sparkle in her eyes shows she knows it too!Keep us posted Joanna and don't hesitate to holler out if there is anything we can do.

  5. The Lacher's on September 19, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Hi there. I don't even remember how I came across your blog but have been reading since you were waiting to travel. Mackenzie looks like such a joy and I am so thankful for God's peace over you right now. I will definitely be praying for her on the 4th. I also just recently found a new forum at the website We Are Grafted In, where Christian adoptive families are supporting one another. Check it out! (We are DTC and currently waiting on referral.)

  6. Lisa on September 19, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Joanna,I havent been here all summer. First, congrats on having your beautiful daughter home. She is adorable and looks like she loves life. I also want you to know that you guys will be in my thoughts and prayers as M gets her surgery. Thank God she has you both for this.. I will definately be checking in to see how you are all doing…It must be so scary for you all. Stay positive!!Lisa

  7. Beth on September 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I'm sorry things are more complicated than you had expected, but it's great that you got her in for surgery so quickly. I will be thinking of you and praying for all of you so that all goes well.

  8. Katie on September 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I am sorry for the complication but it is wonderful she can have the surgery so soon. I will be thinking of you all.

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