Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Polly's brain surgery is tomorrow at 7:45am

I was doing fine this week preparing for Polly's first brain surgery for her Moyamoya. And then about a half hour ago a nurse from Children's called and gave me the needed info about tomorrow's schedule.

Now I am shaking.

Polly's surgery is scheduled for 7:45am tomorrow (Thursday, December 17th). It should last for three hours and then Polly will probably be in the hospital recovering for three or four days.

I've heard that there will be some swelling and recovery will be challenging for Polly. Some kids are nauseous at first and other have headaches.

But the time has come for this surgery and I know that although I can barely breath right now, God loves Polly so much more than we do. He is holding her in the palm of his hand.

Please be praying. We so appreciate it!

I'll try to update tomorrow.


  1. Praying for Polly. Praying for the surgeon and his steady guided hand. Praying for mama and daddy. (((((hugs))))

  2. Thoughts and prayers to you tomorrow thru the surgery and as Polly continues to recover.

  3. Polly is in God'a hands...what better place to be?! She is one strong little girl who is covered in prayers across the globe. Take a deep breath, let it out and lean on God to help you all through the next few days.

    Love you friend!

  4. Oh friend, Polly will be in my prayers! Tonight, and tomorrow. I am setting the alarm so I remember to pray for her as she goes into surgery so I don't get busy doing things.
    Hugs friend! God is walking with you every step of the way!

  5. Praying for Polly and for you!

  6. Dear Gillian, We will be praying for your sweet daughter and your family!

    Love in Him, Paula

  7. I will be praying from 7:50 Eastern (when I drop my kids off) until 11:30 with nothing else on my plate except you all and Polly. And I'll be setting an alarm to make sure I don't forget to then show up at the school for holiday parties at 11:30! My prayer for you:
    Father, we know you have your hand on Polly and Gillian and Sergei, and that you love them each more than we can fathom. I ask specifically for your hand of healing on Polly tomorrow. For peace and steadiness for the team working with her. For compassion to flow from every nurse, doctor, and hospital worker that they encounter tomorrow. I pray comfort and knowledge over the entire Marchenko family that they will see your hand at work in mighty ways and will know when to act and when to wait upon you. I also pray for a pain free recovery for Polly, that she will overcome any odds against her and will have a magnificent transformation which bypasses the difficulties of the surgery. Father, most of all I pray that your presence will be known and your will done. You are the breath of life. Help everyone to breathe through you tomorrow and in the days that follow. Bless the Marchenkos and allow them to be a blessing to another family that needs to know you're here, you're real, and you care for each and every one of us. Hold Polly in the palm of your hand as she undergoes surgery tomorrow. Amen.

  8. Gillian, we are praying for you and I'm going to be asking the people from the prayer ministry I belong to as well.

    God is good, His Love Endures Forever!

  9. We will be praying for her, for the surgeons and for you guys while you're waiting.

  10. Prayers Prayers Prayers!

  11. praying for you all. God does love her so much and thats what is comforting. you got my number. call or text if you just need to get your mind off things!! hugs!

  12. Flood of prayers for Polly and all of you. She's in our daybook. May God's legion surround and protect her. May healing and grace flow through the surgical team and straight to where it's needed.

    Try homeopathic arnica for post-surgery. It's really good for bruising and shock of any kind. In Canada we can get it in health food stores.

    Hang on and remember you are also held

  13. Saying a prayer for sweet, sweet, Polly-girl! :)

  14. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there Gillian. Your faith is strong and so amazing, He will pull you through this.

  15. Praying for you guys! I would also second the use of homeopathic arnica. It really works.

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