Owen’s Check-up 1/31/08
My Mom and I took Owen up to Portland for his check-up with his surgeon yesterday. The doctor said he is doing really well. The x-ray shows that his diaphragm is still closed and all his organs are where they should be (Praise God!). His lungs look good too. The doctor didn’t say that we were completely home free as far as Owen’s diaphragm not reherniating, but he did say that he has only had 1-2 patients who have reherniated for the first time at Owen’s age or older when a patch wasn’t used in the repair. So…I will interpret that as home free! (Again, PRAISE GOD!!!)
The doctor did point out the curve in Owen’s breastbone (pectus excavatum) and said that it doesn’t look like it is getting any better and that as he gets older it may even get worse but that it shouldn’t cause any problems. We will just continue to keep an eye on it. We go back for his next check-up in another 3-4 months.
What a miracle our little man is. To look back over the last year of our journey and see where we were a year ago and where we are now is amazing. I thank God for all the blessings that we have been given this year. We rejoice in the health and strength of our little miracle boy!
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Other visit news:
I was able to visit for a moment with Amber and Eric, parent’s to little Owain, when I stopped by the NICU. Owain is responding well to the treatment for pulmonary hypertension (PRAISE GOD) and they are looking at surgery on Monday to repair his hernia. I will keep you posted, but please continue keep Owain, his family and his doctors in your prayers.
I was also able to visit with Owen’s roomie from the NICU, Maddie and her mom Michelle. It was very good to see how healthy and strong Maddie is after some very hard days in the NICU. What a beautiful little girl! (And again, PRAISE GOD!)