Quick Surgery Update

October 29, 2013

I wanted to post a quick update on how Elena’s surgery went today.  We had so many messages from all you who were thinking and praying for us today.  Each one of them meant so much.  We are continually amazed at how much love and support you all show for our girl.  It definitely made our day easier.

Mom definitely shed more tears than Elena did today….not surprising though! Honestly, the toughest part of today was saying goodbye and watching them roll our little girl in a big hospital bed away from us.  Once we were through that, the rest of the day went very quickly.

The surgeon was very pleased with how everything went.  He injected dye into Elena’s hip to get a better picture of what was actually going on.  The good news, rather great news, was that her hip wasn’t as dislocated as the x-ray made it appear.  It’s definitely still a major issue and her hip socket isn’t developing correctly, but thankfully, it’s not as bad as we had originally thought.  He went ahead and released her tendon and did another round of Botox.  Hopefully, this will help continue to buy us time.  Elena has been the real champ.  She’s barely fussed all day and continues to amaze us with her ability to gracefully endure.  All in all, Chad and I were very relieved and happy with how the day turned out.

So, thank you, thank you, thank you for all your prayers today.  They are so appreciated, more so than you can imagine.

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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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