Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sorry this has taken so long, it has been a long day. First I want to let everyone know that Teagan has made it through the surgery! They took him back at 7:30 for anesthesia, it was hard to watch him leave. At 9:30 they came and told us it took a lttle longer than expected to get all the lines in him because his wrist and veins are so small and hard to find. They actually made a small insision in his wrist to find it, not uncommon but not ideal. We got updates every hour, Amanda took advantage of the time by catching up on journals. We want to try to record all of our feelings as well as the experience and the woderful people as we go so that we can remember it and one day help another in this situation.
We recieved hourly updates on his condition, it was amazing to think that Teag's heart was literally in the doctors hands! It is so small, about the size of one of his fists. I know that Heavenly Father gudes those surgens hands, they are amazing people.
At 3:30 the surgen, Dr. Birch, came in to talk to us and told us that he felt pretty good about the surgery. He said he had been done for a few hours but due to some bleeding they had to watch it and try to slow it down. They got it stopped but they were not thrilled with it so he is under close watch and in critical condition right now. But that said the doctor said the repairs went great, his heart is beating on its own and keeping him alive without the use of medications, we couldn't be happier. Our little man is a tough nut! He explained that Teag's case is not a classic case of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, there are a few factors that may make his recovery and quality of life a little tougher than we would like, but we feel that as hard as the future may be we have been trusted to take care of this amazing little person until he is called to the other side. Whether that is 3 months or 30 years or more we do not know, but we will never give up on him or his chance for life. We feel that every day he has had has been a miracle, so we will keep pushing ahead!
As far as an update of how he looks, it was really hard for me(Bryson) to see him in his bed. To put if frankly, it is a parents worst nightmare. But I just keep a prayer in my heart and I know that he is being strengthened by angelic beings on the other side of the veil. He is on the road to recovery now and we are going to be by his side every step of the way.
I know we have said this enough, but if you are reading this blog you have played such an important part of this miracle. Teagan is alive because of you and your prayers. I think Amanda and I are alive because of your prayers! That is not to mention all of the kind things people have been doing for us, we have A LOT of getting even to do...:)
We love all of you with all of our hearts, I know I don't need to ask but please keep a prayer in your heart for little man!
Love you,
Bryson and Amanda


  1. Thanks for the update! We have been thinking about you guys all day. We will continue to keep you in our prayers. You are an amazing family.
    Maury and Melissa

  2. I can't get you off my mind. You are such an example of strength and what enduring faith is.
    Heavenly Father wouldn't just pick any family for Teagan. He was sent to you because you are so strong and will enjoy the ride, learn the lessons, and make everyone's lives better for it. I love you guys. Hang in there.

  3. Bryson and Amanda - I just wanted to let you know that Cami and I are behind you and support you as you go through these challenges. We'll follow the updates on the blog and please know you can call me at anytime. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


  4. He is a Stewart Bryce and he has every bit of grit, strength, faith and hope that comes with our heritage. You know grampa Stew has not left his side. We love you and and are here for you buddy.

  5. I don't even know what to say... If I could trade places with him I would just so you guys could get through this. Sometimes I wonder how this world works, your son WILL make a difference in this world no matter what. After the life I have had and the things Ive done I wonder why I am here, but I know it is for my two kids but if I could give your son any part of my heart I would. Mason and McKayla wish you the best and are thinking of your family. Just know that I love you guys.

    David Stewart

  6. We're so glad the surgery was a success! We'll keep little Teagan in our prayers, and keep updated on your blog. Love you guys.
    Jared and Bekah

  7. Ya know, I loved you guys before all this. But watching how you are handeling everything has made me love and respect you two even more. You both are the perfect Christlike examples to me and I feel blessed to have you as family. I keep you all in my constant prayers. Teagan is lucky to have been sent to such amazing parents. Stay strong and know there are continuous prayers being said for your sweet little guy. We love you.

  8. Teagan has taught me what it truely means to always have a prayer in your heart. I know you are right about the angels, he has a whole team of them. We love you Teagan thank you for how much closer you have already made our family.

  9. He's a beautiful baby. So glad to hear that he made it through the surgery. We will keep praying for him and for you guys.

  10. So glad his surgery went well, just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you and praying his recovery goes smoothly. Just remember to take care of Mommy and Daddy, it gets so overwhelming to see your sweet baby like that and sometimes we forget we are human not super human. Try and rest, don't beat yourself up if you need to leave the PICU it's such a busy/noisy place, just look at it this way, your little guy has the most expensive babysitters out there. Thats what they told me when Kylie was in the PICU. I know we have never met and I only know you through this blog, but please know your not alone, it is such a rough road, like you said a parents worst nightmare, pictures are only 1/2 of the story, they don't hear the all the beeps and see all the numbers jumping up and down. Don't get down if there are bumps in the road it's just part of the journey. Kylie had a couple bumps after they closed her chest, but made it through it. Praying for you guys, glad things went well, he is such a handsome little guy.

  11. Thanks for sharing! We are thinking and praying for you guys. You and your little family have amazing attitudes and are great examples. Wish the best to all of you.