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The Final Surgery

So, Minnie was asking… “It’s number 53, right?”

I’m going with “its number last.” Tomorrow morning, they will Minnie around 0500 to put on EMLA creme and give her medication to help relax.  Around 0630, she’ll go into the O.R., and some time after that, they will start the procedure.  I think Dr. J said 14 hours.   He plans to leave the halo on to assist during recovery/rehab.  He will be cutting into the rib cage, and possibly removing a rib, just under the arm to allow him to collapse a lung and get to the inside of the cervical portion of the spine, where he will remove growth plates, and fuse vertebrae together.  Once done, they will begin working on the outside of the spine, and will work between her waistline and the base of her neck.  They will remove the tissue expander, install new rods along the spine, and attach them close to where the old VEPTR rods were.

They will hook up some cool spinal chord monitoring equipment that measures impulses in muscles to show that the ‘circuit isn’t broken/strained’, which will be critical to ensure any strain placed on the spinal chord is not too much.  She has had this sort of monitoring in the past, but we’ve tried to avoid it because it seems to make her hair fall out where they put the monitors on.  In this case, its really not optional.  They had another patient last week that they stopped the surgery because the alarm went off indicating danger of paralysis, and after two weeks they tried again without any issue with the spinal chord.  He did have another issue, but has since gone home and is doing well last I heard.

We’re pleased and impressed with the staff and their experience doing this procedure.  We’ve seen half a dozen or so kids come through doing the exact same thing, and its been nice to see them recover, so we know what to expect.  In spite of the experience of the staff and the impressive technologies used to protect Minnie, we still know that we need prayer and the Lord’s protection over this girl.  We want the surgeons to be hugely successful in this and all of their surgeries, and really want this hospital to flourish in their mission to help children by whatever means possible.

Please pray for:

  • Minnie Rogers
  • Dr. Johnston & Orthopedic Surgery Staff
  • Dr. Woerz & Anesthesiologist Staff
  • All other staff in O.R.
  • TSRHC

God has seen us through so much, He has been glorified through this little girl, and will continue to be, and that is my praise.

I’ll try and post tomorrow, but it will likely be late, as there isn’t really anything to know throughout the day, its just a waiting thing.  We’ll be praying w/you during this time.

A new headspin

Clearly Minnie is feeling more comfortable.

Merry Christmas!!!

What did you do this weekend?

Hello There Family and friends…. Normally we began our weekend on Thursday night because Josh has Friday’s off. This Thursday I took the kiddo’s to the school science fair where they seemed to have a good time being “Free Range Children” while I took some photo’s for the school year book.  On Friday Josh went to school with the kids to be a Watch DOG. Watch DOGs is a program for men to be a present on the school campus in hopes of reducing violence in the school’s.  I will ask Josh to post more about this program…. So anyway, Y’all know how it goes, he is Man of the year because he went to spend a day at the school.  Well while he was SACRIFICING  his day I thought it was only fair that I should do the same and go down town for some much needed “retail therapy”…. I hit EVERY thrift store, EVERY boutique, EVERY cute place I thought I might get “therapy” in.  But that was not good enough.  Guess what I bought…..

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That’s right nothing else “fit”.  He is so cute his name is Hemingway, The reason we named him this is because he has 8 toes on one foot and 6 on the other… Ernest Hemingway was the first known to have a cat like ours.  Still to this day living in Hemmingway’s mansion there are more like our new cat. You can read about the story here. We stayed home for the most of the weekend, we had friends over for dinner on Friday,  on Saturday we went downtown again and found a farmers market!!!!   Yahhh!!!!   They sell local veggies and meat…. Sunday We went to Church and then on the way home we stopped and had…. GLUTEN FREE AND DAIRY FREE PIZZA!!!! TEXAS IS SO AMAZING!! GOD REALLY DOES LIVE RIGHT OVER TEXAS!!! I DO BELIEVE IT!!!!!

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