Journey to China

This blog documents the Spitlers' progress towards the adoption of Xia Ping He (Noah Spitler) from the PR China. It also documents Noah's medical process in pursuit of a total repair to his CHD (congenital heart defect).

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Major Surgery Again...


Only a few hours after Robin posted the blog about Noah doing better, she was told Noah was restricted from food and water to prepare for a possible surgery. That surgery has now been confirmed and will take place sometime tomorrow (Fri, July 29th). Please pray that it will be early, as Noah stopped eating at 5pm and is already back in hunger/thirst pain.

The surgery will be open chest, unfortunately. The problem is fluid collection on the lower back portion of his heart, and they cannot remove this via a heart cath. So, the breathing tube (respirator) will be re-inserted and Noah will come out of the procedure with another chest tube (and back into ICU).

This feels like a "sucker punch" to us all. Robin was told by a nurse, "You won't be going home anytime soon, I'm afraid." But, like we've learned in the past 18 difficult months, we'll just take it day-by-day (or perhaps hourly?).

Jesus said (Rev 22:13):

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."

That puts us 'somewhere in the middle', so although we don't know what the next hour brings, Jesus Christ does because He is timeless. So we will put our trust with Him and appreciate your prayers to Him on our behalf.

Adam (& Robin)

PS. Perhaps we'll have an update by mid-afternoon (EDT), Friday.


Blogger Brandee said...

I am so sorry Noah has had this major setback. Poor thing!! I hate that he has to get poked, go hungry, and be re-opened. Praying for his healing. Praying for strength for Robin being away from home too... I know it is hard ..

July 29, 2011 at 1:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robin, Adam, Noah...we are all praying for you. My mom in CT has started following your blog and praying as well. She fell in love with Noah at the kids graduation. Right away she could tell how special your son is. We will pray for strength for you all, skill and grace for the doctors and that Noah may be comforted. We are sending your family much love. Emily, James & Andrew

July 29, 2011 at 7:02 AM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Robin and Adam, I know this is discouraging for you. God is bigger and stronger than the germs that are infecting Noah's body right now. I am praying that Jehovah Jireh will provide healing to Noah's body. Tell Noah that I will make him some special dumplings when he gets home! :-)

July 29, 2011 at 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying for sweet Noah....for health and healing and a quick recovery. Praying that the Lord would give guidance and wisdom to all the doctors and nurses involved. And praying for mom and dad, that the Lord would fill you with a peace that surpasses all understanding and that He would make you rest in Him. And please tell Noah that his buddy Jayne Mac says hi and is praying for him too! ---the Rhodes family

July 29, 2011 at 9:28 AM  
Anonymous April M said...

We are praying for you and Noah. Nathan prays for him every night, and we check the blog every morning. We love you guys. Hang in there.

Ps 46
God is our refuge and strength,an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

July 29, 2011 at 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying Noah will do just fine!! Clay & Family

July 29, 2011 at 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Mrs.Ruth said...

I am sorry to hear that Noah has to go through another surgery. I pray that he will be okay and that all this will get better soon. He has went through some hard times and has remained a trooper. We will say a prayer for you all and hope that things will turn around soon(and all for the better). Love,hugs and kisses to my sweet little Noah. Hang in there Robin.I Will be thinking and praying for you.

July 29, 2011 at 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Robin and Noah - Just figured out how to post on your blog...but I did want you to know that I have been reading and praying over it everyday. I know you are both strong. Hugs and prayers...

July 29, 2011 at 5:07 PM  

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