Depending on whether you are Quinn, Cooper, Kellar, Zander, or Benjamin, I hope your parents will either let you read this or redact it for your consumption. (How is that for big words to look up?) I wanted to let you know what is happening so that I hope you won’t worry about me too much.
We all worry when someone is sick and in hospital. We do that because we love the person and don’t want them to be sick or hurting and want them to get better soon. I worry about you when you are sick too. I think you know that you have blood vessels like little pipes that take blood all around your body. Sometimes they get plugged up so the blood doesn’t go very well, just like sometimes your dad or mom has to fix the toilet.
Tomorrow, Friday morning, the doctors will take me to an operating room and wash me all over and give me an IV (like a shot) so I will sleep while they fix me. They will go inside of my chest and hook me to a machine so I will have plenty of blood while they fix the pipes in my heart. They will take some veins (pipes) from my leg to use them to fix the ones in my heart. Then they will hook up my heart again so it can work without clogged pipes. Nobody wants to have pipes that don’t work right. It will take them about five hours to do all of this.
All of this sounds very scary, but these smart doctors do this every day and really know what they are doing. I know they’ll fix it just fine. I’ll have to stay in the hospital about a week afterwards until they say that it is OK to go home. There are lots of very nice nurses (both men and women) to take care of me while I’m in the hospital. Then I’ll be at home a while and Grandma Gail will take care of me. While I’m in the hospital and when I’m at home I’ll have to walk every day and then do other exercises to help my heart and other parts get stronger. After a couple of months I’ll be better than ever.
As soon as the surgery is over Grandma Gail will call your mothers and fathers and let them know that I am fine and they can tell you about it when you get home from school on Friday afternoon. I love you all very much and am so glad I got to see most of you when we were all in Las Vegas for Adam and Sara’s wedding.