Saturday, September 8, 2012

Fun Outside

Friday, September 7, 2012

Coffee & Reading @ Watertower Place

We just left the hospital where Izaiah had his stitches removed. He looks fantastic, and we've decided to make our long drive worth while and spend the morning downtown. Cheesecake Factory @ Hancock Tower for lunch!! Mmmmm!!!!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Izaiah Repair Update

On Friday, August 31st, our baby boy finally underwent the surgery to close his lip. As seen in the pictures below, he is extremely swollen, puffy, and today the area has actually become very bruised. This will all dissipate rapidly and will normalize. The surgery overall was by far the easiest with regard to his recovery time, although the procedure itself was the longest so far, over 2 1/2 hours. Some of the more prominent stitches have to be removed this coming Friday, and must be done under general anesthesia, though he will only be under for a few minutes. So one more drive into Chicago, and we are done with surgeries until some bone grafting is donewhen he's around 5 or 6 years old. We will be re-evaluating every year with his cleft team to determine any adjustments that may be needed, but don't expect to be doing anything further until the bone grafting procedure. We want to again express our deepest gratitude to Dr. Frank Vicari, craniofacial surgeon extraordinaire, and ultimately to God for placing a doctor with such amazing skill into our lives to do this amazing work. Modern medicine is a grace that we all too often take for granted, and is rarely put on display as it is when congenital deformities such as this are miraculously transformed before our eyes. And to all those who have prayed for us, for our church (Harvest Bible Chapel), and all who have walked with us through these last months, a thousand millions thanks. Only eternity will fully tell the stories of how our Lord and Savior has built his Kingdom through the love, prayers and work of his people. We love you all. Our journey continues...