Wednesday October 16th, 2013 at 6:00am
Sparrow is undergoing her third open heart surgery. The Fontan with a fenestration. Surgery is 4-6 hours long. They stop her heart, put her on a bypass machine and repair what was defected before she was even born: double inlet left ventricle, a transposition of the great arteries and an interrupted aortic arch.
Post-op she will be in intensive care for a few days, then will be admitted for two weeks at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC. I am packing my suitcase and sleeping bag and plan to never leave her side.
Here’s a little video some friends of mine volunteered to put together for me:
A dear friend advised me to put together a list of items that Sparrow may need during her recovery time. It always surprises me, but people ask me what they can do to help. Here’s a list of ways you can help, or items you might already have that you can donate. I am going to donate most of the items to Levine Children’s Hospital after Sparrow’s stay, so that more sick children will be blessed by your donations.
*Age-appropriate movies (DVD’s)
*Books & puzzles – the girl LOVES books and puzzles!
*Art & Education – paper, pens, colors, crayons and anything that would assist her in learning how to write her letters, numbers, colors, shapes, etc… She is VERY interested in learning and naturally with me being a teacher, I’d rather stoke that fire than let her watch 5 Disney movies a day.
*Anything with or having to do kitties – she’s obsessed. Hello Kitty, stuffed kitties, cats, kittens, lions, tigers, she loves them all. She sings Katy Perry’s “Roar” everyday.
*Sparrow has a Leapster Explorer and a Leapster Tag – games and books for both of these devices would be a HUGE help! They are educational and entertaining.
*Sparrow also loves Squinkies – they’re tiny figurines that she collects.
*Flowers, balloons, cards, accessories, and treats
Here is a PO Box to mail items to:
401 Hawthorne Lane Suite 110 #200 Charlotte, NC 28204
*Some people have expressed a desire to help financially. This amazes me and completely blows my mind. But if you would like to give money towards Sparrow’s medical bills and the family’s financial needs here is a link her fundraising site: Support Sparrow Song
buckle up. it’s go time.