Dear Family and Friends,
Sophia's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26.
The nurse told me today that Dr. Manning said there was no rush. Such a relief to hear those words after the anxiety and urgency that we felt in July after her first bronchoscopy. Well, actually after the anxiety we have felt most of the summer. In retrospect, we can see how at other times in her life, the doctors changed their opinions regarding timing, or other details, surrounding issues she's had. More information often seems to result in changes. And those changes have been for Sophia's good, and God's glory. We've seen God take merciful and tender care of Sophia. How He has given His wisdom and skill to the wonderful doctors and nurses, the respiratory therapists and pulmonologists who have treated her. And His timing has always been perfect.
The nurse told me that after the surgery, Sophia will need to have very limited interaction with people outside the family for about a month. If she were to contract a respiratory infection, or some other illness, it would be very painful and detrimental to her health. So, although it felt a bit selfish, we decided to wait to do the surgery until after our church's Scottish Ball, which is on the 22nd. We know she is excited about the Ball, (well, of course the whole family is!) and we want her to be able to go.
We will be in Cincy on the 25th for her precertification for the surgery. Then, after the surgery, she should be at the hospital for about 3 days. The surgeon, Dr. Manning, sent us an email explaining the details of the surgery. Here is what he told us: