Back to the OR

Poppy is back in the OR this morning. Yesterday, when they trialled her off of ECMO, she seemed to do really well- she was off for almost a couple of hours. They look at her blood work and numbers while she is trialled off to determine if she’s really ready to come off, as it’s a surgical procedure to come all the way off. All of her numbers looked really good for the most part, with the exception of her lactate. Lactate level tells them how well her heart is getting blood to the body, and how hard it’s working to do so. A normal level is less than 1. They would be happy with less than 2 for Poppy. Within 30 minutes of being off her lactate was 3.4, and after an hour she was at 5. During the trial, they do an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) to check function. They noticed even more severe regurgitation of her tricuspid valve. With this kind of regurgitation, her heart would not sustain her off of ECMO (life support). Looking back at her fetal echocardiograms from the pregnancy, there was never this issue. The doctors had never expected this to be an issue for Poppy.

All of this prompted them to go to the Cath Lab to get another look. The Cath lab is when they shoot dye into the area to get a better picture of what’s going on. They do this by running a catheter through a vein in her leg. Sometimes they are able to fix certain things right in the lab by using a balloon to widen a narrowed area, however the Cath doctor felt it was much to risky to attempt for Poppy because of where her narrowing is.

The blessing in all of this is that they found a cause for the problem- narrowing of her aortic arch, which was worked on in her first surgery. Her first surgery took twice as long as expected because of bleeding. The surgeons sometimes use a few extra stitches to get bleeds under control, so their suspicion is that all of this trouble could be because of a stitch that is slightly too tight. This means that as I type this, Poppy is undergoing the same type of surgery she had before- bypass and everything. Only now, she’s going in on ECMO, which she has to have blood thinners to be on, known bleeds on her brain, and with her OR history of bleeding. Because of this, the doctors have no time frame for this surgery. If all goes well, and her heart can handle it after the repair, there is a chance she could come out of surgery off of ECMO, and about the same chance she could come out of surgery still on it.

My heart breaks for my sweet innocent baby girl. She’s 19 days old, back in the OR for her second open heart surgery. We got to cuddle with her for 9 of those days-thank you Jesus- we soaked her in, all while tethered to IV pumps. Now, since her first surgery (Norwood), she’s getting a bald spot on the top of her head from me stroking it all day, while I talk to her, longing for the day when I get to hold her again. She’s spent her whole life so far in the hospital in heart failure. I’m so ashamed of how I took Crosby’s good health for granted. Sweet Poppy was born in heart failure 😦 I just hurt for my darling girl 😦 She’s already been through so much…

But in all of this there is hope. There is hope because they found the cause of the issue. There is hope because this is another chance. God continues to show us He is here, right with us, cradling our sweet baby girl in His loving arms. He has her. He has all of this. He can control her bleeding. He can guide the surgeons hands. He has this.

Please pray that:

-Bleeding wouldn’t be an issue
-Surgery fixes the problem
-She comes out of surgery off of ECMO
-Her brain be protected from anymore bleeding/strokes
-Peace and rest for our heavy hearts



35 thoughts on “Back to the OR

  1. I hope you find comfort in knowing that you are not alone…. Pulling for Precious Poppy. I begged for a fast forward button when we were in the hospital with our newborn boy 4 months ago (born with a CHD). If I could conjure up a fast forward button to get you and your family through to when you are out of the hospital, I would. Love and Light to sweet Poppy!
    Lindsey, Scott and Baby Angus ❤

  2. I pray for everything you need and want……my heart aches for Poppy’s heart……precious baby……..please heal……….I cry when I see her…I think of you all every day……..strength be with you………prayers are being said for you all.

  3. Poppy can do it! She has such a strong spirit. I’m so glad they discovered the cause. Praying she’ll be returned to you with an improved heart and off ECMO. How scary about needing another surgery. 2 open heart surgeries and she not even a month old. 😥

  4. Yes, our hearts are heavy for all you and we continue to keep you in our prayers. You have your hope and trust in the only One who can heal baby Poppy and we will continue to pray for all your requests. Thoughts and Love sent to all The Zomers

  5. Out thoughts and prayers are being sent out for each and everyone involved!
    God is Good!
    Sending prayers! We will continue to do so!

  6. Praying for your precious little girl. My granddaughter, Livia Rich, was a couple of doors down from your sweet Poppy in the CICU at Children’s. Livia is now on her way home. Keep strong in Christ–I know He hears your prayers and soon Poppy will be heading home as well!

  7. I am praying for you all and for sweet Poppy. I know the pain of watching a baby struggle on life support with a heart defect. I pray you two are getting some rest, you need to take care of yourselves. I am sure post pregnancy hormones are at their 3 week high (or low) making emotions even more intense. Sending positive thoughts!

  8. Everyone takes health for granted, Christi, until they don’t have it. It is a lesson for us all. We are thinking of you and Poppy with a great desire for her to have all the miracles possible.

  9. “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

    Praying for you guys!!!

  10. My hearth aches for you, Christi. You are a model of strength. You are an amazing human being, mother, wife, daughter and friend. I will continue to keep you, Brad, Crosby and Poppy in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. My heart aches for you, Christi. You are a model of strength. You are an amazing human being, mother, wife, daughter and friend. I will continue to keep you, Brad, Crosby and Poppy in my thoughts and prayers.


  13. Praying hard for Poppy. She is so precious. Your strength is amazing. No child should have to endure so much. She is a fighter. May God heal her.

  14. We don’t know each other but this has been a journey that has effected my life and many others. I have been praying for about 3 months for you and watching every update. My heart breaks for all Poppy has gone through, and as a parent with a child that was born with heart disease, I do understand. All I can say is God is your strength, He is carrying all of you. There are only one set of footprints in the sand. He has come through many times already, and we give Him the glory, honor and praise. Sending lots of love and hugs your way. God bless you

  15. We are praying and trusting in God’s plan for Poppy! He has brought her through all of this and I’m standing amazed at all the miracles along the way for her. We are praying for a fast recovery for her little body.

    Read this and thought of you guys! Psalm 33: 12-22
    “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind: from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth- HE WHO FORMS THE HEARTS OF ALL, WHO CONSIDERS EVERYTHING THEY DO. No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. BUT THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE ON THOSE WHO FEAR HIM, ON THOSE WHOSE HOPE IS IN HIS UNFAILING LOVE, TO DELIVER THEM FROM DEATH AND KEEP THEM ALIVE IN FAMINE. WE WAIT IN HOPE FOR THE LORD; HE IS OUR HELP AND OUR SHIELD. IN HIM OUR HEARTS REJOICE, FOR WE TRUST IN HIS HOLY NAME. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”

  16. Our son was in Seattle Children’s a few years ago. God is good. Trust in Him… He loves our little ones even more than we could possibly Imagine. Our prayers are with you.

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