Quick Surgery Update

November 18, 2014

I wanted to send out a quick update for all of you sweet people who have been praying for us today.  I’m doing this from my phone so excuse any grammar mistakes!

Surgery went well.  We will learn more from the doctor tomorrow when he rounds.  It took a little longer than expected, as it took an hour for them to get her IV in.  This is not surprising to us…she’s always had issues with this.

She was doing well in post-op until they brought her up to the Peds floor and moved her.  She was pretty hysterical for about an hour and a half.  She’s better now but still waking and crying.  Really, Chad and I just want her to sleep.  It’s pretty heartbreaking not to be able to do anything or even hold her.  It’s hard to say if she is in pain or just scared and confused by everything.  Regardless, it’s been a difficult few hours for us.

Continued prayers are appreciated.

-pain control
-mom and dad emotions and exhaustion
-her tummy (constipation is a big issue post surgery that can cause real issues)

Again, thank you all for sticking with us today and sending up prayers on Elena’s behalf.  It is such a comfort to us to know that we aren’t in this alone.

We will keep you posted.


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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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