Day 1 Down

July 8, 2016

This will be brief because I am exhausted.  Our day started at 4:30am and it has been incredibly long.

Surgery went well.  The doctor remained perplexed by Elena’s case all the way up until he had her in the OR under anesthesia and could really examine her.  Fortunately, he was able to manipulate her enough for her not to have to have the more invasive procedure.  She had the same procedure she had on her left hip with a bit more extra, what he called “bone shaping”.

Overall, she’s done fairly well today.  She was pretty darn uncomfortable from about 5pm to 8pm, we think from pain and nausea.  We are hoping she can relax longer than the 20 minute increments she’s been able to most the day.  Considering we are all running on little sleep, this would be a huge blessing to have a somewhat peaceful night.

Our hope for tomorrow is to be able to start her feeds again, with no vomiting and to be able to see her a little more comfortable than she was today.

Thanks to you all for the encouragement, prayers and messages.  Knowing Elena’s team and our family has been covered in prayer has been such a comfort.  I say it all the time, but we could never get through this without the enormous support network we are blessed to have.

Chad and Emmalee

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This is Elena. Our Light. You can see all the goodness and joy that shines from those deep blue eyes. She loves sneezes, yawns, industrial toilet flushes, automatic paper towel dispensers and The Star Spangled Banner. Music is her everything, specifically Moana, Frozen (really all Disney), Queen & Taylor Swift. Nothing makes her squeal quite like swimming, fast boat rides and her two brothers in trouble. In addition to her megawatt smile, Elena reminds us to cherish the smallest of victories, to live in the present, and to daily dwell in a posture of gratitude for every breath and every blessing.  

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I’m Emmalee, an ordinary gal born and raised in the Heartland. Wife to Chad, and Mom to Elena, Calvin & Turner, I spend most my days ridin’ dirty (literally so much trash) in my minivan carting kids to and fro. When I’m not being a Momager, I excel at self-care, cooking gourmet meals my kids won’t eat and deep-diving all the feelings. Most days, my attitude is gratitude, just taking life one step at a time.

Emmalee & Elena

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