2.19.2015

Great News from Surgery

(sorry for grainy iPhone pics)

Today Lucy had a very minor surgery procedure.  It wasn't a major surgery but it sure was important.  There was so much riding on its success.

Ive mentioned that Lucy has had a lot of hearing loss since Christmas.  She basically was working on about 20% of her capacity.  Even with hearing aids in she was struggling.  Every day we could watch her withdraw more and more from life.  She as distant from us as a family and she didn't interact much with her friends.  She dreaded going to church and she had really begun to cling to me when we were in public.  She was nodding yes to everything you said or answering with random comments when you asked her questions.  This past week she even woke up crying one morning saying "I just can't hear anything."  After all she's been through this one just broke my heart.


There were two issues that needed to be resolved today.  First there was chronic fluid build up behind her ears.  We knew this had been there for a while but she had not been healthy enough in the past to put in the PE tubes that she needed.  It was such a simple procedure that we felt 99% sure would help her regain most of her hearing.  The second issue was a little less glamorous.  Thanks to high dose radiation that destroyed most of the secretion glands in her ears and damaged the lining of her ear canal, Lucy is not able to expel ear wax like most people.  I know, gross right?  What happens is that the ear wax becomes like cement and clogs the ear canal.  So, you combine the fluid with the cement and you have a nasty little situation.


The thumbs up tells you all you need to know.  The surgery was a huge success and she woke up (after the anesthesia grumpies wore off) and said "I can hear!"  Talk about smiles.  Erik and I were all grins!  Only time will tell if one set of tubes will do the trick or if Lucy will have to have permanent tubes.  Permanent tubes are definitely not desirable but given the radiation damage the doctor couldn't take them off the table.

Only time will tell and God has a perfect plan for her little ears.  Thank you again for all your prayers and love.  It still amazes me that so many of you still care for my girl.

Oh, and Ella is still just rocking life and winning every day.



14 comments:

  1. Even when we feel all alone in death's cold shadow Jesus is there, never forsaking us.

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  2. God is good, all the time! Way to go Lucy! Sending love from cold NC!!

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  3. Lucy has been through so much, thank goodness this worked for her. I have followed this blog for a long time. I stumbled on it one day, sometimes when she was so bad I would be afraid to look, now I am always eager to look. God Bless you all. It's a miracle!

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  4. So happy for little Lucy! What a strong little girl you have--going through so much--and still that beautiful smile...

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  5. Praise God that sweet beautiful girl can hear again!!!! What a hero she is! Continuing to have her (and y'all) in my prayers.
    Kelley

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  6. I'm so thankful this surgery was a success for Miss Lucy!

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  7. Such a strong little girl! Thank you God for Lucy's hearing and for the doctors hands that fixed it with the knowledge that God has provided

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  8. So glad Lucy can hear now. Maybe that surgery will help me!

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  9. loved her last picture, although there is a mist on her eyes, she rocks the thumbs up. go lucy go!

    lilly, from snowy co

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  10. Yea!! Thank You Father! I can imagine just what a relief that is to Lucy. Praying and praying for her often. :)

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  11. What great news, Kate I just have to say for myself that strong brave little girl will NEVER be forgotten in my mind! You are such a awesome person even though I only know you thru blogging but you are an amazing family

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