Sheriff Sarah

Sheriff Sarah

Monday, September 21, 2009

Surgery Complete UPDATED 6:57PM

Just a quick note: surgery was successful. Dr. Inglis ended up taking out both the adenoids and tonsils. We are praying this will alleviate Sarah's breathing problem. He noted she would be here a "couple" days so not sure at this point whether they want to observe her for multiple nights or not. The good news is that Patty can breastfeed her immediately and she will be headed down here to Children's as soon as Sarah has her new room in the Giraffe wing.

Thanks for the prayers and please keep them coming. Patty has been feeling under the weather since yesterday afternoon and not sure if it is allergies or a cold. You know a hospital stay never helps that stuff.

UPDATE: Dr. Horslin stopped by during my stay today and noted that the EBV count was negative! This means no illness remaining in Sarah. Her immune system fought it off! They will be looking at her tonsils and adenoids to see if there was any PTLD present (this is the lymphoma) but hopefully that is not the case. She is really fussy and in a lot of pain according to Patty who took over at 3pm. Please pray for peace and rest for both Patty and Sarah; that Sarah would heal quickly; and that Patty would be overwhelmed by God's grace.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Goodbye, Adenoids!

Hi all,

For those of you not on Facebook, here is the latest:

We met with Dr. Inglis in Otolaryngology yesterday – that’s the ENT dept for those of you not current on your medical lingo! – and they have decided to remove Sarah’s adenoids. The surgery is a 15 minute procedure and is scheduled for Monday at 10:15am. Thankfully we were able to meet with Dr. Inglis on short notice AND get the surgery scheduled. The short of it is that the adenoids can change post-transplant and the EBV (Epstein Barr virus) that Sarah has been fighting can make them swell. This could account for her breathing issues the past few weeks. The reason they would just remove them is that the EBV can also lead to lymphoma if not dealt with expeditiously or if EBV numbers are high. Sarah’s EBV has not been real high but has been going up and down for several weeks. 

If you could be praying for successful surgery and that Sarah would not be in too much discomfort as she recovers. The docs say she will have a sore throat for a couple of days and while she will be at Children’s at least until Tuesday, she should be fine otherwise. Please also pray she doesn’t get too frustrated if she has to remain in a hospital bed. Hopefully we will be able to “take her out” to at least walk around the hospital.

I will try to update the blog more often so if you aren’t already following us there, please do. As always, I will also try to send out regular emails and post to Facebook as well.

Thanks for continuing to stand with us as we travel the post-liver transplant highway.

Kirk and Patty

Thursday, September 10, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY GIRL! Sarah turns 1 today

Happy Birthday to our little princess. She has had a busy first year, that is for certain. The joy she exudes is contagious and has blessed not only our family but others as well.

May God bless your life, little one. We love you. - Mommy, Daddy, Arianna, Caleb and Katarina