Monday, April 6, 2009

Surgery Updates

I will be updating under this post throughout the day. Please keep checking back and scrolling down for latest updates.

10:30 am We arrived at 8am and have been waiting since then. Brady is hooked up to IV fluids through his Broviac. We knew that Dr. L had one case before us, but I guess now there are 2 before us. So, more waiting. We are now down in the surgical waiting area. The 2nd case is in the OR and they will let us know when it will be 30 more minutes. Brady is in good spirits despite not being able to eat or drink this morning. He has been playing with one tub of Playdoh for 2 1/2 hours now:) We were so blessed as we awoke this morning knowing that there were already those praying for us. The prayer chain is filled right up, with 3 and 4 people praying at certain times. I will update once he goes in...
By the way, Brady is wearing his bunny ears and hospital gown!

Noon update: Brady was just taken back to surgery. He did so well waiting all morning, but then at about 11am he started to get very upset. He didn't understand why I wouldn't give him a snack. It was very heartbreaking and frustrating at the same time that we had to be here so early. Matt took a walk in the pouring rain back to the Ronald to bring Brady's stroller and stuff back. We have a pager and are expecting updates every 2 hours. The first hour of surgery will involve hooking up the stimulators that will be used to test nerve function during the operation. Prayers needed!!! I feel peace but already am missing my sweet boy so very much. It was hard to hold him and hear his little voice and know I wouldn't again for a while. As I sit and watch the rain pour I just keep singing the chorus "Let it rain, let it rain.
Open the floodgates of Heaven, Let it rain."

1:50 We just got our first update. Sounds like they just began the actual surgery. The first hour was getting the stimulators set up.

3:45 Just got our second update. Brady is doing fine and stable. The person on the phone said "Dr. L has started the approach." To which I said "what does that mean specifically he is doing." She answered "it means he is doing whatever he told you he was going to do." That is our update. She also said that the neurosurgeon is going to come in and take a look at the spine. We are praying for the possibility that he might be able to access the spinal section.

5:10 Big surprise. Apparently surgery is almost over. Right now we are waiting to speak to the surgeon.

5:27 Miracle on 68th street!!!! Praise God!!!!!!!!!! Just spoke with Dr. L. Surgery was successful. The large tumor in his chest is completely removed. More amazingly, Dr. Bilsky the neurosurgeon was able to remove part of the tumor in Brady's spine. No way to know if he got all of the spinal tumor because of the angle they were working with, but it is a miracle he got any at all. An even bigger miracle...they are NOT going to transfer Brady to the intensive care unit...they are going to try and remove the ventilator and have him breathe on his own. That means he can recover in the regular unit here on the 9th floor. The doctor even said his chest tube could come out as early as tomorrow. This is a MIRACLE indeed! We are over the moon and can't wait to see him. Please keep praying, but know that our prayers have been answered!!!!!

8:45pm Still in recovery with Brady. He is hooked up too many tubes and monitors. He is breathing on his own. Obviously in pain and swollen, but otherwise looks just beautiful! We are stuck here until a bed opens up on the 9th floor. No complaints from this mommy and daddy!! "Every blessing You pour out I'll turn back to praise!"

75 comments:

  1. Isaiah 12:2 "Surely God is my salvation. I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song." I pray that the Lord will give you continued strength.
    God Bless - Julie

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  2. Matt & Megan,
    We're thinking of you and praying for you hourly. Our prayers are for peace that passes understanding as you feel the presence of your heavenly father surrounding you. Our prayers are for angels to surround the surgeon and to guide his hands and protect him from any distracting influence. Our prayers are for Brady's strength and for skill for all his caregivers.
    Much love,
    Kerri & Carl

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  3. What a dolly boy! :o) Always so good and so cute!! :o) Thanks for the update. I have been praying, and I know others are, too, even beyond all the great folks signed up on the blog. Emails are floating around remining people--whether they know you or not--to be praying today. I recieved one from my mother-in-law who received it from Debbie Stringham in Pembroke/Corfu. Everyone is routing and praying for you guys!!

    -Rosalie

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  4. okay, thanks. we will continue to pray and check your updates, thanks for including all of us by allowing us to know what's happening and check back in w/ you. We all feel so helpless and so far away...love to you may your spirits be and stay lifted as we all press in and lift you high in prayer.

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  5. Hi Matt, Megan and Brady!!! Sending mighty prayers and gentle-loving hugs!! Thinking of you! Sorry we missed you Friday evening---Ray and I just wanted to drop off a little something for all of you.....May the good Lord bless you all, make his face shine upon you and give you peace!!!!! With love, Ray and Debbie : )

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  6. Keeping Brady in my thoughts all day....

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  7. I cant imagine how this must be for you. When Landon had his circumcision revision surgery that last an hour, I was a wreck. I dont think I could handle all-day surgery. Hugs to you and sweet, strong Brady!

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  8. I tried to comment using a different browser, but I don't think it went through. Sorry if this ends up here twice!
    Anyway, I wanted to tell you that I've been reading Brady's site for a couple months, but I've never commented before. I wanted you to know that I am praying here in Minnesota.
    Tracy

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  9. Glad to know he got in and you feel peaceful. I'll continue to pray for all of you. Good things are coming. Stay positive and as relaxed as you can (I'm sure that is MUCH easier said than done).

    -Rosalie

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  10. We have been praying all day for Brady and wondering how he was doing!!

    Thinking of you guys!!

    Keep your head up!! Our God is SOOOOO good!!

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  11. Eph. 3:
    20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think,

    Philippians 4:19
    19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

    YOU ARE IN HIS CARE, PRAYING ALL DAY, THANKS FOR YOUR UPDATES
    SUE

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  12. I have following Brady's story for a little while now. You and your family and the doctors and nurses are all in my prayers today! I will be praying for you throughout the day in Pennsylvania.

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  13. I am praying today.. God is holding you all in his arms.. Jessica

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  14. Hang in there, Meg and Matt. I'm sure it is very tough to be waiting all day and then to find out things have only just gotten started. This is what is needed, though, and you have worked hard to get Brady here. Good things will come. Still praying.

    -Rosalie

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  15. Praying HARD for little Brady right now as he enters surgery!

    Praying for you and that you feel the Lord's arms around you!!

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  16. I have been praying for Brady and you and Matt all day today. I committed myself to a half an hour but I have found myself praying constantly. I keep looking at the prayer card with Brady's picture and it starts the praying all over again. I can only imagine what you are going through at this moment. Just know that God is there with all of you and there are people all over the world holding you in their hearts today. You have a long road ahead but it will all be worth it. I was reading your letter you wrote to Brady and immediately thought to myself how what you are going has changed so many lives. I know it has changed mine. I have a little one a few months younger than Brady and I show Brady's picture to her all the time and she gives him kisses and hugs. It just touches me so to see that sweetness and innoncence in her and it hurts my heart that you are enduring all of this. I wish I could take all your pain and worry away. You are an amazing person and an incredible MOM. God is on your side. I will continue to pray for you all always. God Bless You Always!!

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  17. Thanks for the updates, Megan. I signed up for half an hour but also find myself thinking of Brady & you guys and praying throughout the day. Praying that you feel God's arms around you as you wait...

    Love,
    Steph D.

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  18. The Lezonlings and I stopped to pray before they went down for a nap. We prayed for safety for Brady and peace for you guys! We'll be checking back in for updates and won't stop praying!

    *HUGS*
    Allison, Anna, Isaac, and EJ

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  19. Thank God all is going well!!

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  20. hugs!! Thank you so much for the updates!

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  21. We pray for Godly wisdom and insight for the surgical team. We also pray it's God's hands working through them and that every piece of tumor front and back is removed. THIS COULD BE BRADY'S VERY MOMENT FOR A NEW BEGINNING HOW EXCITING TO THINK IN THAT WAY. PRAISE GOD! All your hard work calling on the phone and grooling appts. and paperwork has paid off Megan, may your tears be tears of joy Hallelujiah! love you sweet brady!

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  22. Evan & Lindsay GibsonApril 6, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Praying for you guys, we are believing and expecting a great report.

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  23. I'll pray for a way for the neurosurgeon to get access today!!

    -Rosalie

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  24. I keep checking for updates and have been praying throughout the day.

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  25. Please know that you are in God's loving arms and His care! Sandy W.

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  26. My prayers are with you all. ((HUG))

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  27. you are all in my family's thoughts and prayers!! becky reed

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  28. Wow! That was pretty fast comparatively, right? You must be relieved he'll be out of surgery and you'll know more soon!! :o)

    -Rosalie

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  29. Prayers and thoughts have been with you all day. Sending more this very moment. God is the miracle maker, and a miracle is happening now.

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  30. Meg and Matt,

    Amen! Amen! AMEN!

    LOVE, DEB R.

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  31. Oh Praise God! We couldn't have asked for a more perfect update!!!!

    HUGS

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  32. We serve an awesome God! Praising Him with you because of this great news. Just got off the phone with Gma Vera. She's been praying for you all too.

    Kerri

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  33. Hooray! Thank you, Lord!! Thanks, Meg and Matt, for letting everyone know. What a great day!! I'll pray the recovery will be just as miraculous. :o)

    -Rosalie

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  34. Praise the Lord! I am so excited to hear the surgery went well. I have prayed for Brady, Dr. L, Matt, and you all day! Still praying through the night.....
    Love,
    Ginny with trips in Georgia

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  35. Matt and Megan,

    With tears in my eyes I am rejoicing with you and our AWESOME God, the Master of miracles!

    Brady,

    You go Big Boy! You are a hero! We can't wait to kiss kiss on your sweet head and RUN around in the yard with you real soon.

    Praying still,

    Robin and family

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  36. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!!
    Janet Bates

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  37. Megan,

    That's great! He deserved this miracle. I am so thrilled for him, you amd the family.

    Kari

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  38. Thank God!!! We are so happy that the surgery was successful!! We will continue to pray for his recovery.

    Love, The Riggs Family

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  39. Oh that is wonderful, I am crying tears of joy! God is so good! :)

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  40. Praise...Praise...Praise the lord!!!!!!!
    Love,Emma Riggi

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  41. PRAISE GOD!!! I am so emotional right now. I can't even begin to imagine the joy you and your family are experiencing right now.

    Thank you god for this miracle and for placing Dr. L & Dr. B in Brady's path.

    GOOOOOOOOO Brady!!!!! I think Brady (and Matt) deserves a stroll to the new Yankee Stadium before leaving New York!! Love you guys!!!!

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  42. Praise God! I am so happy things went well for little Brady today! I hope you get to see him soon in recovery and give him lots of hugs and kisses. I will keep praying for a speedy recovery!

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  43. Can't tell you how ecstatic we are over God's provision for you in so many ways today. We continue to lift Brady for a peaceful, restful night of rest. We thank God for His endless presence with your family and His healing, restorative power. We rejoice with you this evening!!

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  44. Did we expect anything less from our Awesome God??? We are doing cartwheels in our living room! ha ha
    Brady we love you so much you don't even know. May God breath upon you now and ease your pain and discomfort and speed up your recovery. May you entertain angels unaware! Sleep tight and rest now little one for I think your battle was won today!! Matt and Megan know we rejoice w/ you but will not stop our prayers for recovery and prognosis. May you sleep well tonight and find comfort in one another's arms. Give Brady one huge kiss from all of his supporters. love to you.

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  45. I have been praying all day and checking on the progress. Praise God for answered prayers. I sent out an email to my entire address book asking for more prayers (some of them are Matt's old patients!!) Everyone is lifting Brady up in prayer for continued good news! AMEN!! Julie Brady

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  46. I'm so happy his surgery was successful. I will continue to pray for a speedy recovery.

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  47. In tears! THANK YOU LORD!!

    Just put the kiddos to bed and had to check on Mr. Brady! My 4 year old has also been praying for Brady today at meals and bedtime. At bedtime he asked if when Brady felt better if he could move to Ohio so they could play trains together....too cute!

    We are all thinking and praying for you guys!!

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  48. Matt and Meg-
    I checked the blog as soon as I got home and was thrilled to find such good news! Brady has been on our minds throughout the day and all of you have been in our prayers.....continued strength to you all. God bless -
    Kyle and Randy

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  49. All there is to say is PRAISE GOD! I have been praying for that little guy all day! I will continue to pray for a FAST recovery! ~Kara

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  50. Praise God! With Him nothing is impossible! I'm celebrating all these answered prayers with you!
    Steph D.

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  51. Great news, Hallelujah!! We won't stop praying for all of you, rest in His loving care.

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  52. Hi Megan,
    I'm Gina - Allison's mom. She just called me to update me on Brady and told me to make sure and read your blog right away. I am just sitting here with tears of unexpressable joy streaming down my face! God is so awesome isn't He! I have been praying throughout the day for you and your entire family - specifically for precious Brady!!! My prayer is for continued TOTAL healing/recovery for Brady; for TOTAL peace for you and your family; and that Brady will grow up to be an awesome man of God and share his testimony with many, many people some day. :)
    Philippians 4:13
    God Bless you~
    Gina Rector

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  53. Praise God!!! With God in control, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!!! Love you guys lots, Kristen

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  54. Praise God! We are praying...

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  55. What a day for you all. I bet your hearts are full of relief and love tonight. I wish continued blessings to Brady and his family.
    Erin Swiatowy

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  56. I've been thinking of you guys and praying for Brady all day long. I am so thrilled to hear the latest news! Congratulations to you and Brady. May he feel some peace as he recovers. My family will continue to pray for yours. (Autumn has added Brady into her nightly prayers and usually says something about Brady getting better so he can walk and come over to play with her soon.) :)

    :) Karen

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  57. Megan, Matt and Brave Brady! After reading your letter Megan I spent the most of the night tossing and turning. And this morning just in tears thinking of all you are going through and worrying about Brady. I just want to shout "YAHOO!!!" I am so, so, so happy for you all!!! All the paperwork, phone calls and PRAYERS have worked!!!! I can't wait to take lots and lots of pictures of all your children running together!!! :)Laura~(still praying of course!)

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  58. your post made my day. i am thrilled for you and brady. what a relief. i am looking forward to hearing positive updates on his recovery.

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  59. Hi Megan,
    You don't know me, but I started reading your blog after reading another friend's. First, I must say not only do you have a beautiful family, but I am also just SO happy to hear Brady's surgery went well! You and your family are often in my thoughts!

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  60. Tears in my eyes,as I praise God for guiding Dr. L's hand so expertly to remove that devil tumor from your precious baby boy. Continued prayers for Brady's healing and recovery!

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  61. Hi Meg and Matt,

    We are so happy and thrilled for you and Brady. Praise the Lord! You and your family have been in our prayers all day, I didn't sign up for a time slot but I have it said silently during lunch and then again during dinner with the whole family as Aidan says his prayers and prays for Brady nightly! Aidan says God Bless mommy, daddy, Gianna, me and Brady every night! Know that you are in our hearts always.
    Love, The Clark's

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  62. What awesome news! I hope you all get a good night's sleep tonight.

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  63. Hi Meg and Matt

    We are so very happy for you all. Praise the Lord! You have been in our thoughts and prayers daily. Aidan says Grace before dinner and prayers at night and they always include God Bless Brady! He is so sweet. We think of you often and will continue to pray for you and your family!
    Love, The Clark's

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  64. Just awesome! Praising God for providing as He always does. Continuing to pray for your precious Brady!

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  65. Thanks for keeping us up to date! Still praying!

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  66. I just got in from work and I'm so happy for you all and precious Brady! What a tropper!!! Wonderful news! I'm sure you are just over the moon. I'm Praying for a peaceful, comfortable nights sleep(for all of you) and a speedy recovery!!!

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  67. So thankful to hear your good news!

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  68. Matt, Megan and Brady: I have been praying all day. This is the first chance I have had to see what's happening. Oh Praise God! He is so good to us! I am rejoicing1 Our God is so good! I will continue in prayer.

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  69. Couldn't sleep. I had to check on you all. And I am so ecstatic that everthing is going so well. God is great. You go Brady!What a brave boy you have been through all of this. Thank God for little miracles like you. It makes all of us praise God that he came threw for you and your family today.You are going to do great things Little Brady. All our prayers are for you every moment of every day. God Bless you Mom and Dad for hanging in there. You have to be just astounded. This is so GREAT!!!

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  70. So happy for you all that surgery went well. I shall be praying for Brady's continued recovery. Pam xx

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  71. Good Morning Williams Family, I hope Brady had an equally good night, and that Mom and Dad got some rest! Have a great day! Love, Ellen and the kids
    http://www.caringbridge.org/ma/seanhanson

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  72. SO glad things went well!! I hope Brady is having a good day so far today!

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  73. "Our God is an awesome God he reigns from heaven above" What a miracle!! Brady is one of God's warriors. We have been praying for Brady and your family since the beginning of his battle. I know God will give him a fast recovery. John, Mary Kay and Nicole Churchton, MD (Jeanne Bracken's friends)

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