Did I say tough? I should have said tough. Just talked to the surgeon, who appears reserved (as usual) but pleased. Surgery is complete and went well enough that he went ahead and closed the chest cavity, which we definitely did not expect. Now...that could change of course, and there are obviously lots of obstacles that could potentially occur, but we are guardedly optimistic. If it were Kristin writing, she'd have a nice metaphor about us taking a deep, collective breath. Me? Until we have a chance to write a more substantial entry, I'll just leave it at this. He's tougher than I, a fact for which I am very thankful.
Much love and thanks to every person who has taken an interest in us and in Samuel; it has palliated our anxiety in ways you may not be able to imagine.
We are especially grateful to hear from other cardiac kids and their families. Such kind and encouraging words. If we may be so bold, we will continue to draw strength from you and your support.