Amelie’s yearly hand check up

Louanne on Jul 27th 2014

July 8, 2014

The day after Dani’s cast removal we had Amelie’s 1 year hand check up at Texas Scottish Rite so we loaded everyone up and headed over there. We started in radiology and this time Dr. Oishi¬† gave us a photo copy of them.

July 8, 2014

I know a lot of people have wondered what her hand bones look like and so I was glad to have this as a reference. Right before we started the appointment a person from the media department asked if we were willing to have Amelie filmed for a project they were putting together for the times Dr. Oishi travels around speaking and teaching about the work they do at Scottish Rite. We said of course and in they came with the camera. Dr. Oishi said that she is doing well and has good movement. He also said that there was no reason to do another surgery on the left side at this time. There was a possibility of removing the webbing to make the fingers a little longer, but he is worried that the middle finger will just hang there because it doesn’t have a longer bone in there. Right now it is sort of attached to the ring finger and she gets some use out of it.

He told her that she did a great job for the video and we wouldn’t have to come back for another year! Yippie! Once that was finished we bought some popcorn and headed outside to check out the new playground remodel. It is awesome!

July 8, 2014
July 8, 2014
July 8, 2014

After they had a good time outside we headed home relieved that surgeries for this year are behind us.

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Thankful Thursday

Louanne on Jul 24th 2014

  • For cookies
  • For Art Camp at church
  • For our church
  • For friends
  • For A/C on these hot Texas summer days
  • For a comfy bed to sleep in at night
  • For books

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7 years with Nadia

Louanne on Jul 22nd 2014

I love putting up posts showing the passage of time. So here are all of our photos celebrating Nadia’s Gotcha Day.

Nadia Gotcha 2008

July 22, 2008

Nadia Gotcha 2009

July 2009 - with Lisa and Angelina from our China travel group

Nadia Gotcha 2010

July 22, 2010

Nadia Gotcha 2011

July 23, 2011 - China Travel Group reunion

Nadia Gotcha 2012

July 22, 2012

Nadia Gotcha 2013

July 22, 2013

Nadia Gotcha 2014

July 22, 2014

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The Cast Comes Off!

Louanne on Jul 21st 2014

Dani waiting to have her cast removed.

Waiting in the Day Surgery Area (click to see album)

My aunt Paula showed up early in the morning to keep the big girls while we went to the hospital. As we were driving to Scottish Rite I kept thinking, “Please let her be great. Please let her be healed. Please let this be the end.” We signed in at the hospital and headed for the Day Surgery unit where we had been 3 times before with Amelie. They showed us to our waiting area and then we waited for all the various people to come by and talk to us. Dani was having fun during the wait and being her usual happy self. First came the anesthesiologist, then the resident for Dr. Birch and then someone from the research department. They had hoped that Dani could take part in a genetic study but then realized that she was adopted and that wouldn’t work. I told her that if we could have done it, we would have been glad to. The nurse for Dani’s surgery came to ask what color we wanted for the new cast. I said, “Purple, but I hope we don’t need it.”

Dani playing with stickers

Once all the documents had been signed the nurse gave Dani the “goofy juice” to keep her calm as they took her back and we changed her into the surgical gown. The nurse gave her some stickers to play with while we waited for her turn and then they rolled her back. I asked God one more time to please let her be healed and for this to be the end. Mike and I took a beeper and headed down to the cafeteria to have a quick breakfast since they thought this would take less than an hour. When they rolled her back in I couldn’t tell if there was a new cast or not and so I said to Dr. Birch, “No cast?” and he said, “No cast.” I immediately said an unexpected, “Halleluiah!” and started to cry from all the pent-up stress. Dr. Birch told us that everything looked perfect and she couldn’t have done better. He showed us her x-ray (I forgot to ask for a photo this time) and said we would need to return for a 1 month, 3 month and 6 month follow up. He said that at 6 months they usually remove all the hardware and that will require an overnight stay. He told us again that it could take up to 6 months for her to reach full mobility, but to let her go at her own pace.

Holding Cast-free Dani!

I wish I could express to you how relieved I was to be holding my precious girl without that huge, hard cast in the way.

Dani ready and waiting to go home

The nurse told Mike he could go down to the pharmacy and get Dani’s pain medicine and that I could get her changed so we could go home. When I took the gown off of her she looked down, smacked her belly two times and said, “Belllleeee Belllleeee!” Then she wiggled her toes and moved her right leg up and down with such an ecstatic look on her face. A few minutes after Mike came back upstairs they let us leave and we went to the car and headed home. WOO HOO! When Mike put her in the car seat she seemed so surprised and almost the entire way home she was pointing out the window and saying, “Mom! Mom! Mom!” for every fun thing she saw. We could tell she was so happy to be sitting up and able to see out the window again for the first time in 8.5 weeks.

Watching TV and resting on Mommy.

Once we were home she just wanted to eat and then lay on me for quite a while and watch TV which we were happy let her do. We found that she couldn’t sit up on her own yet, so we had to get her in position to lean against something or for her to be laying down.

Having fun playing without the cast

After her nap she wanted to get down on the floor, be free and go after some toys.

Soaking in the Sink

The best part for her was the BATH!!!! Because she couldn’t sit up Mike thought we should try to prop her up on a booster chair and that worked perfectly for her to soak for a nice long time. The skin on her lower back and legs was very dry and her left leg had a lot of scabs, plus her scars were a little raw. Our family was so very happy that the cast was off!

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