After Hannah’s second surgery, other than a suppressed immune system, she did awesome! She stayed sick alot and couldn’t be around a germ without catching it, so we stayed in all the time! I would even wait until my husband got home from work to do my grocery shopping and errands. We couldn’t take her to church, so on Sunday’s, my husband would get up and go and Hannah and I would stay home. It was a rough time for me, but the Lord gave me this precious little girl and I knew that I had to do what was best for her. It didn’t matter at all to me what I wanted, it was all about what she needed and God’s grace was sufficient!
Because of her low immune system, at the age of 3 instead of going to school, we were approved for the hospital/homebound program and so a school teacher, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and Speech Therapist came to us at home weekly! WOW, what an awesome experience. Hannah took off with learning and getting stronger! She was potty-trained at the age of 3, which was a huge accomplishment, especially for me! HA! The thought of never changing a diaper again was music to my ears! She learned so much and we were fortunate enough to have the same teacher and therapists for 3 years! They became like family and some of my best friends since they were really the only adults, besides my husband, that I saw on a regular basis.
We noticed that Hannah seemed to be tolerating germs better and not getting sick as often which was wonderful and we knew that her immune system was probably kicking in, which was an answer to prayer. She was able to start school at the age of 6. We put her in a small private school for children with special needs! WOW, I could write several blog posts on this amazing experience and maybe in the future I will!
When she was 4 , we went to our usual 6 month check-up with the Cardiologist at which time he told us, surgery #3 was necessary. We about fell out of our chairs. We thought she was done with heart surgery. Our sweet cardiologist thought the surgery would have to happen sooner than later, but he gave us 6 more months and said we would see how it was then. We began praying at that point that God would heal her heart, but if He chose not to do that, we prayed He would give us 6 more months!
Well, for 2 1/2 years, the Lord has continued to give us 6 more months…..well, that all changed June 7, 2012……