Thursday, October 29, 2009


We weren't sure how we were going to handle todays surgery. Nicole and I decided to spend the night alternating trips to NICU spending time with Travis. Nicole got to hold him again in a chair this time and it was a good night. I was on the last shift which was from 1:30-4:00am. Travis was doing pretty well all night and when I left him at 4:00 he looked good and ready for the big day. Nicole and I got up at 5:30 to go meet with our pastor Mark Kuhn and went to pray with Travis. We were there with him for about an hour and half. We then saw Dr. Lamberti trailed by his cardiac team of 12 or so (too many to count). He then came and told us some news that Travis' labs at 4:00am showed that he was in some distress and possibly sick. He discussed how that would effect the Norwood surgery that was scheduled. He said he wanted to err on the side of caution and he wanted to perform a surgery called Pulmonary Artery Banding and schedule the Norwood for a further date. The want to be able to determine why his gas test became irregular at 4:00 am. We can't help think that his poor gast test correlates with us leaving his bedside. Travis has been doing so well up to that point and it is hard to imagine that we did something wrong in leaving him alone and stressing him out.

We decided to take Dr. Lamberti's advice an have him perform the P.A. band procedure today. He did mention that if all goes well that the Norwood Surgery would become a lot easier for him to perform and less stress on baby Travis. He actually said that he would prefer to perform the P.A. bands on all HLHS babies, but would rather not put the babies under another open heart surgery.

So we are waiting in our room waiting for the pager to go off. The surgery will only be 3-4 hours in lenght.

This has been an emotional morning for both Nicole and I and will continue to need your support and prayers.

Here is a link to the Hybrid Procedure which Travis is going through right now.


  1. Nicole and Roger,
    Be strong you guys are amazing and don't put pressure on yourselves. You have done everything you can do and are wonderful parents already. We will be praying for each one of you to have the strength that you need to get through this day. Hold each other tight and in a few hours you will be with your precious boy. Prayers and good thoughts are coming your way.
    Love The Meyer Family

  2. Your Harvest Family is praying for you!!! I am keeping everyone updated with your blog, printing out and posing on board, we have his picture up so we can send our love and prayers to you. :) Keep your faith and love for Travis and he will get through and back into your arms very soon. LOVE to all 3 of you!!!


  3. You 3 are already a strong family unit. We are all a small part of team of family, friends, doctors & nursing staff all with the goal to WIN, and mend Baby Travis' precious heart. Get some rest while he's recovering "for the team". Love, Mom/Grandma & Dad/Grandpa DiCarlo