Thursday, October 8, 2009

Third time is a charm!

Hello everyone. I figured since I all but deleted my blog, that I should start new & fresh with it. So here it goes....

As some of you may know, Emma had surgery on August 24th, 2009 to replace her shunt. It was a huge surprise to us since we had been told that she didn't even need her shunt anymore & that it hadn't been working for a couple of years. We took her to the doctor on the 24th & he diagnosed her as having a sinus infection & put her on antibiotics. Bob & I weren't comfortable with leaving without a CAT scan. We asked the doctor to order one & though he was reluctant at first, he went ahead & ordered it. She had the scan & we went home. A couple of hours after we got home the doctor called & told me that we needed to get Emma to Riley hospital asap. Her shunt was malfunctioned & she needed surgery that night. We made arrangements for Rayme & drove the 2 hour drive to Riley praying the whole way there. Emma was scared & crying. We got there around 6 PM & by 10 minutes till 8, they had her in surgery doing what they said was emergency shunt revision surgery. The surgery took about 3 hours (seemed like 30) & afterwards she was sent to recovery. After a LONG night of no sleep we got to leave a short 16 hours later. Knowing what we know now, it is scary that we could have lost our little girl. Emma is doing great now & is under no restrictions anymore. She turned 8 years old on September 9th & is back to her old, cheerful self. We are so blessed & thank God for taking such good care of our little lady by putting her in the hands of one of the best neurosurgeons on the planet. Dr. Smith is awesome. Emma got her scooter right before school started & uses it at school for the longer trips. Her school is huge & some days she travels all the way across it to specials.

Rayme is doing all the things you would expect a teenage boy to do. He is doing great in school & made the A-B honor roll on his first report card. He is taking 6 honors classes & is holding a 3.8 GPA. He surprises me every day with his knowledge & is getting way too big for his britches. He is going to be attending his 8th grade trip in the summer of 2010 with several of his friends. They are going to Washington DC on a charted bus for 5 days with school teachers & parents too. Sure wish I could go with them but it is way too expensive for me to do that. He will have a great time & learn a lot. Rayme also got a chance to go to Australia next summer for 3 weeks but has decided not to go since he wants to go to DC. Like I said, smart kid. He is already starting to talk about driving & getting a car. He is just 13 1/2! He can't wait till Christmas & baseball season. Priorities!!! Bob has been working like crazy & staying incredibly busy with work. He just loves his job but sure could use a break from a ringing telephone for a change. As for me, well I have started babysitting on weekdays for a local high school teacher. Hayden is 3 & a very sweet little boy who loves Sponge Bob Square Pants & Michael Myers! Yes, he's 3 & LOVES Michael Myers! Yikes. Trying to keep myself as busy as I can & have been doing a fairly good job so far. As a family we have been attending a lot of LPA events & have taken some trips over the summer & even into the fall. We attended the 2009 medical conference at Riley on September 26th & that was a successful event. We are no preparing to attend the 2009 fall regional of district 5 being held in Perrysburg Ohio on October 23rd-25th. Can't wait to see all of our friends again. It should be a great turn out. Well, thats it in a nut shell, at least for now. Will try to do better about keeping this blog going. Before I sign off I would like to ask for your prayers for a little boy named Connor who has achondroplasia & is right now, fighting for his life. We are praying for you Connor & your family. May God bless & keep you. Amen.


1 comment:

  1. So glad that you came back to blogging. We sure did miss you. Glad that Emma's surgery went well and that everyone is staying busy.