Today was a very exciting day for us! We met with THE Dr Park! But first we watched a video about the SDR and actual footage of the procedure, which was pretty neat! Then we met Joan, Dr. Park's nurse, who has been awesome about answering any question we have had over the past few months! It was so neat to finally put a face to the voices I have been speaking to!
Cliff was great while waiting. He was so excited to meet Dr Park. Ross and Cliff played with puzzles while we waited.
Then Cliff and I were being very, very silly! We had some good laughs and made some fun memories!
And then the moment came when we got to meet with Dr. Park! Cliff absolutely LOVED him! Dr. Park told us that Cliff has a "good chance of walking independently within the next year or two!" Then he told us that he expects Cliff to walk with his walker (without help from us) within the next six months! Yay! We were over the moon! When Dr. Park was explaining the surgery and recovery Cliff would say "exactly!" after every sentence and Dr. Park thought Cliff was so funny!
Cliff pretty much leaped into Dr. Park's arms! It is as if he REALLY understands that Dr. Park is going to help him and Cliff seems to trust Dr. park (those of you who know Cliff know that he does NOT like most Doctors, especially new ones... so it was so comforting to see that he really liked Dr. Park!) When Dr. Park shook my hand today, I did not want to let go! I just wanted to hold the hands that God has blessed in such a huge way, but I think Dr. Park would have probably thought that was strange, so don't worry, I let go within a normal amount of time! Those hands have allowed so many children to have a world of opportunities they normally would not have. Those hands have truly been blessed by our Lord. Those hands amaze me. And tomorrow, those hands will be changing Cliff's life forever.
Cliff also had PT today, which was, ummmmm pretty much H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E! It was about 2 hours past nap time and he was just done... she got him to do everything they needed for the pre-op video, but he screamed the whole time! Ross and I were both horrified at his behavior, but hey, we all have our bad moments right?!
Cliff's surgery will begin at 11:00am (central time). It will take about 4 hours from the time we take him to the OR doors until we get to see him again. Please say an extra prayer for him tomorrow! I know that God will be with Cliff and Dr. Park! Ross and I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful support system! Thank each and every one of you who have reached out to us during this time. We really appreciate your prayers!
Here is the Verse we will read to Cliff tonight, these are the words Cliff will hear right before he goes into the OR and this Verse will be the first thing Cliff will hear as soon as he wakes up from surgery:
Fear not, for I am with you
be not dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.