Alondra had her bronchioscopy today. Her airway is narrow, but it is not as narrow as Dr. Sumac had feared. He said he could make a case for surgery now and he could make a case for waiting. The case for surgery now is that it would significantly reduce the chances of her having trouble again. The case against is this is a major operation with up to 6 weeks recovery in the hospital. And she's doing so well now and with the addition of her reflux medication, there's a reasonable chance she won't need the surgery at all. So his recommendation is we wait. But he wants our input. If we feel strongly either way, he would go with our decision.
I'm strongly in favor of waiting. Deanna isn't as convinced for fear of a repeat 911 call with the possibility of a worse outcome. We're going to talk and pray about it, but are leaning towards waiting. We'll be back to see Dr. Sumac in 4 weeks, and if we decide to wait we'll plan on another bronchioscopy in the fall.
For now, we can slowly loosen the bubble wrap. It's still wise to be a bit over protective, but we can stop living like the bubble boy.
Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. We're very thankful for how things went today. This was far better news than we had expected. Please pray for cousin Eric as well. He's having back surgery tomorrow.
We've grown some fun gardens in the past. One year I dedicated it to home grown salsa with tomatoes, onions, and several types of peppers. Matt and Lauren have enjoyed growing pumpkins, corn, and sunflower. But this year has to be the most fun. See if you can identify these awesome specimens.
Next Tuesday is a big day. That's when Alondra goes back in for the bronchioscopy to see if her tracheomalacia is severe enough for corrective surgery. She had her "pre-op" appointment at the clinic yesterday. This was the pre-op for the bronchioscopy. I guess they do the pre-op checkup for every procedure involving anesthesia. The bronchioscopy isn't really an operation. Anyway, our doctor was very impressed with how well Alondra is doing. She even said that she'll be very surprised if Alondra does need surgery. Quite a different story than we heard from the surgeon a month ago. He was quite certain surgery would be necessary. So that's hopeful, but either way, it's nice to know the not knowing is nearly over.
You would think that I would learn. This is the second time Lauren has broken her arm and her Dad didn't believe her. This time I even made her play in a softball game before getting it x-rayed. For those keeping track the official stats are listed below. Even though Dad's numbers look impressive, he's a confirmed wimp. He had each limb x-rayed immediately following the injury.
|11||Left Arm||Roller Blading|
I saw that on UF (see the "funny" link to the right) and it made me laugh. Thought it appropriate on a day that this blog only got 5 hits. Check back tomorrow - I should have pics of our big day. Alondra becomes a legal member of the family. Heck - she's been a member of the family since October. About time the county realized that - eh?