Monday, March 27, 2006
Home from Shriner's
We have made it home from a good visit at the Shriner's hospital. The picture above was taken before we went to the hospital. K was enjoying daddy being silly. We have had a long day, but K had the longest. We enjoyed the visit as much as any parent can enjoy a situation such as this.
The examination was very thorough. The results of the visit were that they want to perform surgery when she is around a year old. There would be, from what I understood, around three surgeries. The first two would be to remove the Amniotic Band, and the third would be to release her fingers from her palm. They did not think that amputation would be something that needs to take place. However, the fingers that are fused to her hand are also fused together so she would not have a normal hand. She will probably not have a functional hand either. She will have a hand that she can use in some ways and she will only need a prosthesis for cosmetic purposes.
The exam was very thorough and in it the doctors saw some things they wanted to check on further. For this reason I have to return with her in a few weeks to get an ultrasound on her right hip to make sure that everything is where it needs to be. This is something that they had a little concern about, but are obviously not too concerned about because there is no rush to get it looked into further.
We will be going back to the group that works at the Scottish Rite in almost a month. At that point we will see what the doctor has to say and then Christa and I will be able to decide which orthopedic surgeon to use. Please keep us in prayer as we have some tough decisions to make. This whole situation is tough and it is tough to see God's purposes through this situation, but we know He has a plan for K and us in it.
Well, that is all for now. Thank you for all your prayers.