Big Day for a Little Girl

The day is here. And its almost game time. I thought I’d quickly blog prior to today’s procedure.

Candice and I will be leaving the hotel at 11:30. We are to be at the hospital by 12:15 to check in. She hasn’t eaten or drank anything since about 8pm last night.

The procedure is scheduled for 1:50pm (EST.) I am not calling it a surgery because as of right now, there is no plan to cut anything. The doctor is planning on going in, looking around a bit and then piecing together what he saw yesterday with what he sees today and coming up with a plan. More than likely, she will get some injections of vocal card tissue into the paralyzed cord and perhaps more on the other side to bulk it up. (Vocal cords need something to hit, typically each other, for sounds to be made.)

The doctor wouldn’t give me a timeframe on how long it will take because he doesn’t know what he will find and want to do. That is good and bad news as I tend to be a worrier when it comes to actual OR time. The plan right now is for us to come back to the hotel this evening. I have cared for my family in different places, but this will be a first.

I asked the doctor yesterday what we should expect from this procedure. He said that his goal was to increase volume first and then to work on quality. So basically, we will finally be able to actually hear our daughter’s voice. Imagine going almost 5 years and never getting to hear your daughter speak like you do your other children. “I love you, daddy”, will never sound sweeter.

The roads are most definitely safe enough to travel. The OR time is set. Five months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at birth, 2 years of being trached, 4 airway reconstructive surgeries, countless bronchs, some voice therapy sessions…all to get here.

“God, I love you. I thank you for struggles and strife; they make the victory that much greater. You are GOD! Creator and Sustainer of life. Please recognize my praise, for no one else deserves it but You. I come to you, not with a burden, but with excitement for today’s possibilities. Be with Candice and the doctor and nurses today. I look forward to praising you for answered prayers this evening. Thank you for giving me another opportunity to watch You work through others. In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, I lay all this down before you. Amen.”

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2 Responses to “Big Day for a Little Girl”

  1. Thanks for the update as we and others wanted to pray especially dring the time of the procedure. Praying for her, you, all the people involved ther and for all back in Texas.

  2. I served as a short-term missionary in Brazil. You don’t know me but I know about your family from Irma Highfill’s newsletters. I just wanted you to know that I am praying for you and your family. I’d love to see bigger pics of the family. Do you have them somewhere?

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