Surgery Morning

We called the nurse this morning as soon as we woke
to find out Jing had had a good night
but was crying at the moment.
She was given no food after midnight
and no clear liquids after 8am.

While sitting at breakfast this morning in the cafe,
we got a call from the cardiac nurse around 8
that another child waiting for a heart was getting a transplant
and taking Jing's spot.
We were thrilled for that family!!!
At 8:10 we received another call saying it was a maybe
and to carry on as planned.

We were finally able to go in around 9:30.
She looked at us with a very stern look
but let me pick her up right away
and we were friends pretty quickly.
No tears today.

The nurse took a pic of the three of us.
We bought her a balloon with a kitty attached
and that pretty much broke the ice.
We read all her books, played magna doodle,
and used all the stickers we had.
She LOVES stickers!!!
We got word about 11 that she would indeed
go to surgery and everyone began hopping around.
They had to give her meds by mouth to make drowsy~
that didn't go over very well.
It took Scott and the nurse to dose her
and she was NOT happy!
I was able to pick her back up afterwards
and she dozed off on my shoulder.
I just stood there praying my heart out!!!
They asked me to lay her on the bed to be rolled out
but that was NOT happening.
She held onto me for dear life
and the man smiled and said, "Hop on with her".
I was able to hold her all the way to the OR door.
She was taken away by a sweet nurse named Stacy.
We have received our first call from OR
and once she stepped into the room,
she stopped crying and went under anesthesia easily.
Surgery has begun with a different doctor~
Dr. Kanter.
We pray his hands are guided by the Great Physician.

And I have seen the healing hand of God
Reaching out and mending broken hearts
Taste and see the fullness of His peace
And hold on to what's being held out
The healing hand of God

~ given to me by my friend Robyn


  1. Praying for the surgical team and surgeon as they begin the process to "heal" Shaylee's heart. May they be guided by the ultimate Healer in heaven and may He receive all the honor and glory. May God give you strength in the hours and days ahead.

  2. Shay: We are praying. Thank God for good doctors at CHOA.

  3. Praying for a successful surgery and quick, complete healing for your precious JingJing. Also, many prayers for Jing's family as you wait for her to come out of surgery and get her through these next few days. God bless you.

  4. Oh praise God for a safe induction! Praying right now that the Lord is guiding every step.
    A friend of ours shared these lyrics on the day of Georgia's surgery. They are from Casting Crowns, Voice of Truth

    "Voice Of Truth"

    Oh what I would do to have
    The kind of faith it takes to climb out of this boat I'm in
    Onto the crashing waves

    To step out of my comfort zone
    To the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
    And He's holding out his hand

    But the waves are calling out my name and they laugh at me
    Reminding me of all the times I've tried before and failed
    The waves they keep on telling me
    Time and time again. 'Boy, you'll never win!'
    "You'll never win"

    But the voice of truth tells me a different story
    And the voice of truth says "Do not be afraid!"
    And the voice of truth says "This is for My glory"
    Out of all the voices calling out to me
    I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

    Oh what I would do to have
    The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
    With just a Sling and a stone
    Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
    Shaking in their armor
    Wishing they'd have had the strength to stand

    But the giant's calling out my name and he laughs at me
    Reminding me of all the times I've tried before and failed
    The giant keeps on telling me
    Time and time again "boy, you'll never win!
    "You'll never win"

    But the stone was just the right size
    To put the giant on the ground
    And the waves they don't seem so high
    From on top of them looking down
    I will soar with the wings of eagles
    When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
    Singing over me

    I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

    Praising God already for the mighty work He is doing today in your daughter's heart...

  5. Praying for sweet Jing Jing and your whole family. May God's hands cover this entire procedure and all that are involved.

  6. Sharon - Praying for your sweet baby and sweet family! You all are in God's hands!!!

  7. Tears running down my face as I read this. Praise to God for allowing her to be here in such great care. You are an inspiration to us all. Praying for her in real time. :) Love to you and your precious family.


  8. Sharon and Scott....sweet Jing Jing is on my heart and in my prayers today. How wonderful that God hand picked your this journey. What an amazing blessing for all.

    Kerri Umentum (and Gia)

  9. of course i mean "i thank Him with you right now..." overly distracted by little hands and little voices! :) they keep me SO busy! :)

  10. praying and watching for an update!!! just keep remembering, she has been in His hands since before you ever saw her sweet face and His faithfulnes to her is greater and deeper than we know! He will not let her down now. HE WILL NOT. i pray for a GOOD report from the doctor and that her heart will be restored fully. i thank you with you right now for His hand in this and for His bringing about of shaylee full healing!

  11. Praying for you all. I know it must be so hard.


  12. That photo of you with sweet JingJing on your shoulder made me cry - you can see the reality in your expression! Tears of joy now that JingJing is out of surgery!!!! sending hugs & prayers!

  13. Oh Sharon,
    That photo of you on the gurney just made me cry. Sienna is having major surgery in two weeks, so I will be re-reading this post and your wonderful prayers and verses. Praying that sweet Jing Jing is protected in that room as God leads the way for her skilled surgeon and team.. What a blessing to be there for her today.... Praying in MN!

  14. I am a first time post on your site but I followed your journey in China. We brought home Emma from China in 9/2009. I just wanted you to know my heart goes out to you and that our entire family is praying for Jing Jing, the rest of your family and the entire surgical team taking care of her. I work in surgery myself and know how hard it is for the family out waiting while we work on their loved ones. I pray that God watches over Jing Jing and she has a very quick recovery.

  15. Prayers for your precious daughter, may HE guide the doctors and nurses and may HE give you the strength and comfort you need to smile instead of stress, and a quick and beautiful recovery for JingJing. I know these surgeries are often even more difficult for us mommys and daddys. HUGS!

  16. I'm glad that I am just now reading this post...after surgery. I'm crying hard enough as it is. I'm so very thankful that she is ok!!


  17. Our family has been praying for Jing Jing, all of you and her doctors. We pray that God wraps his arms around you and his presence is felt by all. May God bless all of you today and always.
    Trish S.

  18. What an emotional few weeks you all have had. I'm so thankful that everything went well today. The picture of SJ on your shoulder brought tears to my eyes.

  19. Sharon and Scott:

    We wanted to let you know that we are praying for your little Jing Jing and for your entire family. We know this must be a very difficult time for you guys. Please know that we are thinking about you and anxiously awaiting to hear how Jing Jing is doing.

    Nikki, John and Quinn

  20. Thank you, Father God, for this miracle of ShayleeJoy. Thank you for the wisdom& knowledge of the staff who cared for this sweet girl in her greatest time of need. Thank you for giving SJ's family the strength they needed to get through this season...