Saturday, February 17, 2007

Our New Addition

Here is a picture of our new addition! Brad & I went into the hospital on Saturday evening because I was experiencing such intense contractions. I talked with my doctor by phone from my hospital room and he decided that it would be a good idea to go ahead and have my c-section the following morning.

Kaelyn came into the world on Sunday, February 11th at 9:38am
Weighing in at 8 pounds, 14 ounces and almost 22 inches in length!
(she was only an ounce lighter than her brother and she came 2 1/2 weeks early!)

I vote that a scheduled c-section is the way to go! Kaelyn's delivery was a breeze compared to delivering Zeke. I am in less than a tenth of the pain I experienced with him! The recovery is absolutely no comparison.

I took Kaelyn's picture the other night in a newborn dress that I wore home from the hospital. She has been so much fun! Can't wait to show her off to each of you!

Hugs & Kisses,

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Kaelyn Denise decided she had cooked long enough and it was time to come out. She came this morning at 9:38 and was 8 lbs, 14 oz. She was 21 ¾ inches long. Her delivery was much easier than her brothers and she was calmer. Mom is recovering nicely and decided c-section is not bad as long as you don’t have 15 hours of pushing ahead of time. Thanks for all your prayers for our family

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

2nd Opinion - MD Anderson

We had an appointment at MD Anderson yesterday afternoon to see Dr. Patrick Lin in order to get a second opinion and hoping for clarity with Brad’s case. Although, we didn’t leave with much in the way of new information, MD Anderson found the same diagnosis for the pathology report when they tested the unstained tissues for themselves.

This response gives us some reassurance in moving forward to make a decision for a surgical option in knowing that another pathology group found the same results as the original report. It was also reassuring to know that the doctors who have been working on Brad’s case from the start, are some of the very same doctors who have held lead positions at MD Anderson at some point in their career. Dr. Lin was very familiar with everyone who has worked on Brad’s case up to this point.

This afternoon we visited with Dr. Marco who performed Brad’s first surgery. We had the opportunity to ask him all of the questions we have been contemplating over the last several weeks. After the follow up appointment today with Dr. Marco and a lot of prayer, we have planned at this time to schedule Brad for a custom knee replacement in April.

Following that surgery Brad will continue to have MRI’s and CT scans every few months to ensure that the cancer does not move into his lungs or reappear in another part his femur. Brad will be at home recovering through the rest of the school year and into the summer. Our prayer is that Brad will make a great recovery after these back-to-back surgeries and be up and running in the fall when he starts back to school at the end of August.

We want to thank you for all of the prayers and support. We feel blessed to have a certain level of peace by beginning to formulate a plan for Brad’s treatment so that next week we can focus on the arrival of a brand-new family member.
We love you all, Jenny