Monday, April 28, 2008

Big Day

Today was an amazing day for our family. Early this morning, we went to court to finalize the adoption of our daughter, VeeGee. We are so proud to have her in our lives and look forward to all that is to come. We do feel sorrow at the loss that this means to VeeGee's birth mother, but our prayer is that she will heal and be able a rewarding position in VeeGee's life. We also buried my uncle today. We literally drove from court to the funeral and walked straight in to the family procession.

This, too, was a bittersweet experience. My Uncle B had suffered for a while with an unknown illness, had been treated dismissively by doctors because of his (admitted) obesity. He was in intensive care for fifteen days - an incredibly exhausting and emotional experience for my family, who are all very close. In the end, as he was unconscious and on a ventilator, the doctors in ICU were able to drain off over 150 pounds of fluid from his body - fluid that was not fat. He'd been telling people for a long time that it wasn't just fat, and we were so hopeful that he would wake up and be able to give those doctors a tellin' to. But that was not to be.

We're off tomorrow to Nashville for another surgery for VeeGee. This surgery is to repair the cleft palate which is caused by her disorder, Pierre Robin Syndrome, and is the sixth surgery for her since September. We'll be in ICU for a couple of days and then in a regular room for 4 to 7 days. In our case, for once, VeeGee's feeding tube is a plus. Because we won't be waiting for her to be able to eat post-surgery, we may not have to stay as long as we might otherwise. Silver Lining! Thanks so much to everyone who has supported us in this very interesting endeavor!

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