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Long week - and I'm back...

Sunday, December 02, 2012

We had a long week at our house - our littlest guy, 9 year old Daniel, had a planned surgery on Monday. He was born with bilateral cleft lip and palate and although he had some repairs done in China, they weren't done well. When we adopted him in 2007 it was clear that he had more surgery coming his way. He has had an ear tube surgery and a pharyngeoplasty (to help his speech) in the past 4 years - but this past week he had the big one - he had a combo surgery - 2 surgical teams working for a total of 8.5 hours to rebuild one eardrum as well as take bone from his hip to graft into his gumline, as well as revise his lip closure surgery, fix a few holes that have opened up in his palate closure and also tighten up the throat surgery he had 2 years ago..
When he woke up, it looked like he had gone a few rounds with Mohammed Ali, and lost...
Miserable little guy - took him 4 hours to come out of anesthesia - and he still slept for the next two days. Only drank a few ounces of juice here or there until yesterday when finally some yogurt and pudding made it past the lips.
Today he managed a scrambled egg and that nutritional powerhouse - spaghettioes...
It is tough to watch a little fella go through such a rough time and I was never so glad as I was yesterday when he finally decided he would talk again.
He is such a trooper though - totally surprised that folks from our church have brought him presents...he puts up with endless antibiotics and dressing changes - has really made me think about how much I complain about the little things in life. We are a blessed family to have our littlest with us - 6 years ago when we were considering adopting him, I wasn't sure that I could handle all that went with cleft treatment. How foolish - I don't have to handle it - HE DOES!!! He is the purest gift I think I have ever received - a child who always wants to help, who almost always wants to please... As my oldest said this week, "Mom it is so unfair that he has to go through all this - he is the kindest person I have ever known..." And so he is - the kindest little soul - the kid who would give you his whole cookie - not just a bite. Um - not that I want his cookie - cause I don't eat cookies anymore....but if I DID want one, he'd give me his...
So I have been absent for awhile, as all my time has been spent getting Daniel through this week - but I did my best to eat well at the hospital and to exercise once we got home and I was so grateful for the changes I have made in the past year - I was able to sleep in a chair at the hospital much more comfortably than in years past - I was able to manuever in tight quarters in his room - could do the reaching required to unhook monitors and tug IV poles to get him to the bathroom and in general felt more confident of my abilities to handle the physical stress we were all under. Once again I have realized that what began in vanity - wanting to LOOK better - has ended up helping me BE better - a better, more capable mom....
So I am back and looking forward to a sparktastic holiday season with maybe a few cookies, and a lot of exercise!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CRYSALLIS1 7/30/2013 10:22PM

    Bless the little man. I pray he is well healed now?

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PATTISTAMPS 12/10/2012 11:02AM

    Bless you, Ginny, and your family too. I am glad Daniel is recovering from his surgery, and know he will be so amazed when he is fully healed. What a life lesson - than losing weight has way more advantages than you think about... and more than you can even imagine! Have a GREAT day!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/6/2012 11:02AM

    emoticon i am sorry your sonaman is going through all this.i know how hard it is for you as a parent to see your son go through this as well with haveing three kids with specail needs we are often at the hospital.take your time and look after daniel we will all still be here to support you when you need us.take care and keep smiling, emoticon

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    Awww, Ginny, many hugs for you for challenges and your successes!

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_MOBII_ 12/3/2012 6:47PM

    Wow, what a busy week indeed! Glad the little one came through another surgery and glad you survived the hospital food!

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IRONBLOSSOM 12/3/2012 1:54PM

    Wow, you have a lot going on. I love your realization that weight loss is not just for you, it's for everyone around you as well, because you are a better mom. That's amazing and a really wonderful realization. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIANER2014 12/3/2012 12:56PM

    Wishing Daniel a speedy recovery! Have a wonderful week! emoticon

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MS_SWEETHEART 12/3/2012 11:08AM

    emoticon emoticon and more emoticon for Daniel.

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/3/2012 10:30AM

    Wow what a trooper he is. It is often a lessoned learned when we see or hear these things. Take care emoticon

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LRSILVER 12/3/2012 7:11AM

    Glad Daniel is doing well. Congrats Ginny on meeting this stressful challenge and staying on program. You are doing so well.

Hope he feels better soon.


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HEYITSLISA 12/3/2012 7:01AM

    Aww! Big hugs for Daniel...and for mom too! emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 12/3/2012 6:24AM

    Daniel sounds like an amazing, soulful child! I can't get my 13 year old to get a strep test lot alone an IV or surgery. I hope Daniel heals quickly!

I love how you recognize the great accomplishments you have made for yourself and the positive impact they have had on your life and of your family.

Have a wonderful week!
emoticon to Daniel

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BLUE42DOWN 12/2/2012 10:57PM

    This is absolutely wonderful - what a beautiful impact he has had on you through his own ability to push forward in his own life.


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FITBIZZZ 12/2/2012 10:00PM

    Awesome, uplifting report. Like a phoenix from the ash, you are rising to the challenges life throws your way. Your son is a true inspiration for us all.

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PHOENIX1949 12/2/2012 9:21PM

    Hope your little one has a speedy and full recovery. Sounds like quite the trooper with a wonderful mom. Keep on Sparking.

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COUPONS0216 12/2/2012 9:02PM

    Your blog is very touching, you are a wonderful person and a good Mom!

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MENNOLY 12/2/2012 8:35PM

    You are to be commended for managing so well! emoticon I hope your son's recovery continues to go well and that you you continue to make progress towards being all that you can be. emoticon

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CASTIRONLADY 12/2/2012 8:02PM

    How amazing that you can clearly see the benefits of just wanting to lose weight. Your little one is benefiting from your better health too. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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