Thursday, April 24, 2008

Lebonheur Trip

What a day, what a day! Jackson has had tummy problems his whole life. (He even had to have surgery when he was 5 weeks for a muscle that had closed his tummy off) Well, after changing his formula and putting him on 3 different medicines, his Dr.s thought it was time to take the next step. We had to have an endoscopy yesterday to tell us exactly what was going on.

We got to Lebonheur yesterday morning at 7:15. (early morning!) We checked in and before you knew it, they were calling him back to get him all ready for the procedure. I got to hold him while they were putting him to sleep. The nurse brought us back to the room we were originally in and, no kidding, in 2 minutes the nurse came back and said that they were done.

We got to meet with the Dr. who did the scope and he gave us the verdict...."weakening of the esophagus" (which should correct itself over time) and it looks like the surgery he had previously is beginning to reverse itself (his stomach is closing back up again forming a small blockage). It was so narrow that they couldn't get the tube through that part to get to his intestines.

Where do we go from here? They have put him on 2 medicines. We also will go back to the gastroenterologist in a month. From there, he will reevaluate him and if it has not gotten any better, we will discuss another surgery. (They will put a balloon in his tummy and try to stretch that muscle out.) Our Dr. wants to wait on the surgery for a bit because it can cause the tummy to tear.

For now, that is all we know. I will keep you updated when we go back in a month. Thank you to everyone who prayed for us yesterday.

Playing in the waiting room. He has no idea what is about to happen.

Photo op with Mommy...

...And of course Daddy too!

"Do we really need to do this?"

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Go Tigers Go!

As you know from my previous posts, I am a hugh U of M fan. Well, this week has been a great week to be a tiger. Saturday, we went to a Final 4 party and watched our boys play and let me say, they played amazing! They advanced to the finals, something that no one (other than people from Memphis) believed that we could do. Everyone knows what happened in the finals, so I won't get into that =).

The buzz that we have felt in Memphis has been something that you would have to experience to understand. For once, I truly felt "unified" as a city. Everywhere you went there was a "sea of blue", and not just any blue...beautiful TIGER blue! To think that a group of college guys could have that much of an impact on a city is unbelievable.

I can't wait for next year.

*Jackson wearing his U of M jersey. He is pretending he is Joey Dorsey!

*Jackson and his cousin Reed.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Heavy Heart

This morning, I found out that a sweet little boy that I have been praying for for about a year, passed away. His name was Ethan Powell. When he was 2 months old, the drs. diagnosed him with leukemia. They told his parents that he probably wouldn't live very long. However, God continued to do things through this little boy that none of their drs could explain. he lived to be a little over a year old! On April 5th, the Lord called Ethan home.

As I sit here and type (with tears streaming down my face) my heart breaks. I keep thinking about his parents (Becky and Ben). I can't even fathom the pain that they are feeling right now.

I ask those that read this blog, lift his parents up in prayer. They are going to have a long road ahead of them. Also, for those that are interested, Ethan had a website that his Dad updated daily or as they needed to.