on thursday, december 31, 2009 approximately at 12 noon sterling will have surgery to correct a hernia. estimated surgery time: 40 minutes. estimated time in recovery: 1 hour. he will return home the same day.
when we met sterling in china and had him examined at a local hospital no one (included us) noticed the little bulge in his lower abdomen. however, when we brought him back to the states and took him to a doctor here for a post-adoption check up the pediatrician noticed a slight bulge and ordered an ultrasound be taken to confirm if it was in fact a hernia. after much screaming on sterling’s part the hernia did actually reveal itself. apparently stress and/or crying can cause it to bulge to very obvious proportions.
so after reviewing the extent of the hernia it was determined the only way to repair it is through surgery.
yesterday his surgery date and time were confirmed.
we ask that you pray for our lil’ sprout during this time. though this is a “routine & simple procedure” there is nothing routine or simple about it for us, his parents… or for him!
please pray for sterling as we prepare him for surgery (read no drinks after 4 am). pray for us to know the best ways to soothe and comfort him. please also pray for the doctor to have wisdom and that his hand will be guided ever so precisely. pray that sterling would respond well to anesthesia. and of course, we especially ask that you pray for a quick and painless recovery.