On Tuesday, Dec. 15th, Isaiah had surgery on both of his ears to correct his 40% hearing loss by placing ear tubes. His surgery went well. We had to be at CHOP at 6:15am, and his surgery was at 7:40am. The surgery itself only took 20 minutes, but it took Isaiah about 2 1/2 hours to come out from under the affects of anesthesia (longer than they anticipated). We left the hospital around 12:30pm. Dr. Germiller did not see any structural abnormalities, however, he did not see any fluid in the ears either (which is what he was attributing the hearing loss too). Isaiah's hearing will be rechecked in 6-8 weeks. Please pray that his hearing will be improved and that the doctors won't have to take any other measures. Thank you to all of you that prayed for Isaiah's safety during surgery, wisdom for the doctors, and peace of mind for us.
Josiah gave a little scare the Monday before we left for CHOP. Somehow, he hurt himself in his room and he could barely move his head and neck. Josiah said he hit his head, but really couldn't tell us how he did it. By the time I picked him up on Wed., he was in soooo much pain, crying, had not been sleeping through the night, had dark circles under his eyes, and could not move his head and neck at all. We ended up at Grand View Hospital for X-rays of his neck and upper back. Thankfully, nothing was fractured, but you could see that his cervical spine was being pulled out of alignment because of muscle spasms. It took Josiah a few more days til he was able to move his neck again. We were just so happy nothing more serious occured.
Isaiah's weigh-in with the feeding team also went well (Dec.10th). He now weighs 16lbs. 15oz. They were happy with his progression and the feeding tube has been taken off the table. We have to see them 1 more time. Continue to pray that he will advance with foods, especially since table foods are to now be introduced.
On Jan. 15th, we are back to CHOP to see several doctors. Isaiah has his post-op appointment with Dr. Zedrick (urology) and sees Dr. Chang (ortho/plastics) about his right hand surgery in April. Isaiah will also be seeing a new doctor, Dr. Carrigan, an orthopeadic specialist for Isaiah's left arm. His left arm is significantly underdeveloped, with missing bones and muscles. We are hoping that this doctor could help give Isaiah a better option for his arm, if not, then we need to look elsewhere.
A BIG THANK YOU to all who participated in Mike Landis' photography fundraiser for Isaiah. Mike and his wife, Trish, are such a huge blessings to us. The gift that was collected helped us out tremendously. It helped us cover groceries and a couple bills we could not have paid. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!
We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year! Isaiah 12:4-5, "Praise the Lord, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord, for He hath done excellent things: This is known in all the earth."