When Karen and I made our decision to bring Tucker here for his whole heart repair, it seemed like an easy and simple decision and we had months to prepare. As the time grew closer, the anticipation and excitement of Tucker having this heart repair and the thought of him having a healthy heart was almost too good to be true. When the day came, I almost dreaded leaving. Karen left with Tucker first and I was home alone. This is when it hit me, this might be the last time Tucker is ever going to be back in this house!! I may never get to see my son again. If you have never had that feeling, it is something that I just can't explain. If you have, then you know exactly the way I felt.
After the surgery, the ups and downs we went through were taxing on us to say the least. Several times we asked each other and ourselves, what if Tucker doesn't make it through this, did we make the right decision to elect to have this surgery now, even when he doesn't need it RIGHT NOW? The doctors re-assured us that we made the correct decision and the younger he is, the quicker he recovers.
We are not out of the woods yet, but I have seen our little superman fight each day and make an improvement, some days more than others, but improvements. We are finally getting to the point where I can see some light at the end of our tunnel. He wants to be held, gives kisses and hugs, tells everyone he sees "Hi".
If I were interviewed by a parent wondering if they should do this surgery, I would say absolutely. With the friends we have made who have been through this journey also, I would recommend it to anyone. I won't lie, it's full of good days and bad, ups and downs, thoughts of "What If" run wild through your mind, but in the long run, I believe we have gone through something truly amazing!!