We learned that blood donors can begin that process 2-3 weeks before the 21st, (rather than 24 hours before) and hopefully we will have more details about that soon.
Brady has to be healthy a full week before surgery or they will push it back, so we request prayers that he will not have even a runny nose at that time, and we can proceed!
He will be in ICU for 24 hours after surgery to monitor blood loss each hour and continue transfusing if necessary, then about 3 days more in a recovery room.
We can expect to see some facial swelling even to the point of his eyes swelling shut, but that is normal after surgery and should go down by day 3.
His pain tolerance should be high as infants don't have the learned responses to pain that adults do, but they will do what is necessary to keep him comfortable during recovery.
We are pleased to know a date so there is an end in sight, and pray that in all things, God will be glorified!
Mac and Amy