Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Matt made a side-by-side comparison of the ribs.  I have many before-veptr X-ray pictures, but I can't find any right now!  I'll keep looking.  

The difference in Abby's breathing is remarkable.  She is so calm and taking great breaths, where previously her breaths were very shallow and fast.  I commented to the resident how much better her breathing isOrthopedics resident came.  I commented on how much better her breathing was than previously post-op.  He said it was amazing to see the before/after in the or.  He could see the ribs trying to expand, but they just couldn't.  As soon as the veptr was in, the ribs and lungs fully expanded and the breathing dramatically improved. I told him he needs to video that sometime.  SO cool!!!

Abby's life is nothing short of a miracle, and God has been with us every step of the way.  He has given Dr. Campbell such a wonderful gift and we are blessed to have him as Abby's surgeon.  Thank you all for praying!  Abby is pretty much just sleeping off the anesthesia with short painful times of being awake before the next pain pump dose kicks in, but like I tell her...every day will get a little bit better.  For today, we are thrilled with the success of the surgery!

2:30 surgery update

Dr. Campbell came to see us. He was pleased with the surgery and the way her spine straightened.  

This is the before:

This is the after:

We are now in the picu waiting room anxiously waiting to see her.  Thank you for all of your prayers!!!!

2:00 surgery update

They are closing her up and will get her to the picu when they are done.  Dr. Campbell should be out to see us soon.

12:30 surgery update

They just called out to say they are halfway done with the veptr (not really halfway done with surgery because of closing and such) and everything is going well.

Surgery update

Abby went back around 10:00.  The anesthesiologist was not going to let me go back with her, but I pretty much just insisted because this is all she knows.  I think he thought I was going to lose it or something, but I've done this too many times for that!  I'm definitely going to stick to requesting our favorite anesthesiologist from here on out. 

We are expecting the surgery to be around 4 hours or so.  I will keep you updated.  

And now...we wait.  Headphones on, noise blocked out!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Tomorrow is a Purple Day!

Abby's surgery is set for 10:00 tomorrow.  Everything went well with her picc line and MRI today and she's settled into her room for the night.  We have been to the playroom 4 times. :)

We will be wearing our #purpleforabby tomorrow and would love if you would too!  Please take a picture and post it on Facebook (with the hashtag #purpleforabby) or email it to me.  Thanks for showing support for my brave girl as she faces surgery #15!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

CHOP time already?!?!

Yes, it's that time again.  We are heading to CHOP tomorrow.  Abby will get her picc line and Mri done on Monday.  She will be admitted after that, then her surgery will be Tuesday morning.  

This is the same surgery she had in April, on the left side.  The recovery will be rough, but she is so tough.  

We would appreciate your prayers that everything goes smoothly and that she recovers quickly.  Thank you for loving our girl!