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Comment by Janice Aitkens on April 22, 2018 at 1:40am

I had great news the Lymph Nodes were clear.

So my son says your not clear but in remission either way great news

I am having a leaking from the wound of lymph fluid someone told me they had it for about 6 weeks so am hoping it won't be that long as i am confined to the house as don't want fluid running down my leg lol

Hugs Janice

Comment by Janice Aitkens on April 17, 2018 at 10:51am

So Sorry to hear about your DH health & the way it is going

Great that you have another son close by

I had surgery last week to have the lymph nodes on left side of the groin & i have an infection which is usual for me

I will get the results in the next 2 weeks i am saying it will be clear & until i am told something different that is what i am going with

Hugs Janice

Comment by Carol B of ET on April 17, 2018 at 9:24am

It has been over a month since I have posted about Avery.  She is doing great.  She is eating, gaining weight and growing just fine.  In fact, if we did not know from early on, you would think she was a completely healthy baby at birth.  You would not know that she has a heart condition.  They are still looking at surgery between the age of 3 to 6 months of age.  The longer they can wait the better.  It will be less stressful on her little body.  I do not think the stress will be any less on the rest of us.  

Other news.  Our oldest son is buying a house just down the street from us.  He will be getting married in September to Rachel.  She is the right person for him.  We really like her and she likes us.  I 'taught' her to quilt.  She is one driven God fearing young lady.  She has 3 children from a previous marriage.  She is graduating collage in May.  She also has a job.  Her plate is full.  And she too wants to live just a few door down from us.  

This move will have 2 of our 4 boys just less than a block of our house.  With my husbands health, it will be good to have them near.

Speaking of my husbands health, His prostate cancer has spread throughout his body.  It is in lymph nodes, bones, and the outer wall of his bladder.  Right now, they are just trying to reduce the size of his prostate to relieve the presser there.  In October, after 6 months of hormone therapy, we will probably be sent to a oncologist.  So far, things are working.

So, as you can see, we still need prayers, but are thankful for all that is going on.  

Our boys have gotten together and have decided to have everyone go on a family vacation, probably in the spring.  This will give time for Avery to heal from surgery and the therapies for my husband to do their thing.

Blessing to all, God bless you.

Comment by Carol B of ET on March 10, 2018 at 7:08pm

From our son:

March 10, 2018

Avery Update:

So, here we are! Day four in our adventure with Avery. Overall, she is doing well! We’ve had some struggles with getting her sugars to stabilize - her sugars are the thing keeping us here in NICU - Not her heart. In fact, her heart was cleared a few days ago.

Her Heart: She has Tetralogy of Fallot - Pulmonary Stenosis, Overriding Aorta, Ventricular Septal Defect, and Right Ventricular Hypertrophy - However, there seems to be little to no obstruction to the pulmonary valve. That means that blood is flowing very well to the lungs. In fact, her O2 levels have been in the high 90s - which is GREAT! It does present a problem though. The VSD aka the hole - will become a greater problem in the next few weeks of life. As the pressures change in her heart, more and more blood will ‘leak’ / ‘flow’ through the VSD and out through the pulmonary valve. This does two things - one - it decreases the amount of blood going to the body, and two, it increases the fluid in the lungs. Fortunately, there are some medicines that are given to reduce the fluid in the lungs. She will be closely followed by her cardiologists in the following weeks.

Avery right now is trying to level out her sugars. We need her to eat well and keep her sugars up! Please pray for that! We have been told that we are here through tomorrow, and after that, we are on a day-by-day basis.

Thank you all for your continued support and prayers. We continue to ask and covet prayers that her heart be healed, her sugars stabilize and that His will be done.

Also, a huge thank you to Denise Chaney Norton, Clinton Norton, Alyssa Norton, and Matthew for watching our other munchkin!

Comment by Carol B of ET on March 8, 2018 at 8:47pm

Update on Avery. She is doing really well, other than they are having trouble stabilizing her blood sugar. It has continued to improve today, but Ryan states that they 'Are not out of the woods yet'.

Please continue to pray.

Comment by Janice Aitkens on March 8, 2018 at 12:33am

Congratulations to all

Praying for all as well

Hugs Janice

Comment by Marianne on March 8, 2018 at 12:15am

Wonderful news, pleased everything is going weĺ, she is so beautiful, well done mummy.

Comment by Carol B of ET on March 7, 2018 at 8:47pm

Avery's stats{

wt. 7 lbs. 3 oz

19.5 inches long

Comment by Carol B of ET on March 7, 2018 at 8:45pm

Quick rundown: got to Dallas and set up at Linda’s condo! (Thanks Linda) went to eat at Chick Fil A and headed back to the Condo to get ready. We were scheduled to get there by 5 and start the process. Well, Erica’s water broke at 3, we left, got to the hospital at 4. Got set up in a ‘recovery room’. (Was like a storage room...)Because there were no labor and delivery rooms available. At that time Erica was 4 cm dialated. We were in there about 2 hours - give or take. A little before 6 I think, Erica started to experience some pretty intense contractions. Timing here was a bit fuzzy...A nurse checked her and BAM, she was 10 cm dialated and it was about time to push. Immediately, the room filled with nurses and they wheeled her to room LDR1 which they had just finished cleaning.... Got her to a delivery bed, and had Erica start pushing. We weren’t in that labor and delivery room for 10-15 mins it seemed! And. Avery. Arrived.

Erica got to hold her for a minute or two, I cut the cord, and the nurses whisked her away to NICU. I went with Avery. Let me tell you, Avery is beautiful and doing well! I’m with her now and she is sleeping. They did put an IV in and she had already had and echocardiogram. Waiting on results...

Comment by Marianne on March 7, 2018 at 11:22am

Carol, you and all the family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.   May the love of God surround you all and peace and serenity be by your side.


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