Saturday, September 22, 2012

Cochlear Implant Surgery Picture Diary

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pre-Op Photo with Dr. Adele Evans at Brenner's Children's Hospital

Post-Surgery Picture (tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, simultaneous cochlear implants)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (1 day post-surgery after a rough first night)

Going Home! Afternoon of Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Happy to be at home!

3 days post-surgery: Friday, September 21, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Shameful Confession

Peace. I crave it. I mean, who doesn't want a peaceful home? Shalom. Yeah, if you have more than one child, you know EXACTLY what I mean. And you also know how difficult it can be when it is missing in one's home.

It has been a hard (but good-but hard) 4 months. Lots of arguing. Lots of tantrums. Lots of misunderstandings. With the bigs. With the littles. With the parents. With the parents and children. Those of you that have brought children home from hard places know what I am talking about.

This morning I had a light bulb moment with God. Not exactly the good kind, either. It hit me like a ton of bricks--I crave peace in my home above all else. I would like to fool you and say my greatest desire is to see my kids love Jesus most. But in reality, I just want everyone to get along and respect each other. Can I get an AMEN?

I began to think on the words of Jesus:

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Lord, help me cling to your words in the hard times.

So this got me thinking- What do you crave most in your home, for your family?

Jo Anna

Surgery: T-16 hours

Today we had our family picture taken. This day marks an end of life as we know it...

Tomorrow is Luke's surgery date. We have the orders to be at Brenner's Children's Hospital at 6 A.M. We are expecting surgery to last 4-5 hours. Dr. Adele Evans will be performing a possible adnoidectomy and simultaneous cochlear implant surgery.

Some related prayer requests:
1) successful surgery

2) minimal pain

3) no complications

4) sleeping (Luke sleeps on his side, and since this is bilateral cochlear implant surgery he has no safe 'side')

5) that this would not affect his developing attachment; he would still find comfort in us

6) for us as parents - the strength, stamina and wisdom how to manage his recovery


7) that he would develop sufficient 'hearing' (though it will never be like ours) as a result of the implants

8) that he would develop sufficient speech

For His Glory,

Jo Anna

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Two weeks from today...

...our little guy undergoes bilateral cochlear implant surgery.

Would you keep us in your prayers?

God continues to shine grace into our lives. Today I am thankful for:
*week 3 of the girls' home school and it is going well
*for friends and family who walk beside us in hard times
*for family and friends who overlook our faults and still love us
*for a prayer request being answered
*for laughter and giggles of little ones and big ones in the home

Have a blessed week,

Jo Anna