Sure ways to prepare.

We have a major surgery coming up. I have diaper bags packed, car cleaned with stroller loaded, and all instructions writing down. All things I can think of are packed and ready to leave, even in the middle of the night.

We are prepared for a phone call at any moment to change our lives. Every unknown call stops our hearts with anticipation.

During my husband’s liver donation transplant they had to surgically separate the diaphragm wall from the liver. Since that day there have been complications. The first emergency surgery happened in early 2015 and it was terrifying to say the least. While we weren’t prepared for that surgery at all, this time I plan to be more prepared. Thinking of this, I know there is a way we can all prepare ourselves for anything coming our way.

In the first emergency surgery one of the things that was needed was money. Being financial prepared is very important. It’s hard to do at any age and circumstance, but it truly would have made things way better in the sense that my husband could recover in his own time without being burdened with rushing to support our family.

Another problem we had was organization – of child care, food, family visits, bill payments, and so on. It’s difficult to stay organized, but it is a must. Going through this surgery I have a plan in place with back up plans and other people to help out to make the plan succeed. I have my hand in all the planning right now, but my hope is to only have to focus on my family when the time comes.

One more helpful thing that we have done that makes things go smoothly is letting people help. Everyone who loves you wants to help, so let them. Be prepared to say yes and be humble enough to ask. It may seem hard in the moment to think of things you need help with, but even just watching your kids or bring a meal will help you and help those you love feel a part of your life.

For our family’s trial coming up, I know we are in for some hard times. As we prepare for this, it has been very hard knowing ahead of time what we are in for. The waiting days are long and the sleepless nights last forever, but the surgery keeps coming. All we can do is be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.

Being prepared will not make the trial go away but it will take some of the load off, and we are so grateful for all those who have helped us in the past and for those who are going to be helping us with this. You may never know how truly blessed we are to have you in our lives.

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