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God's Plan For Us

This is our journey - God's incredible plan for our lives. When we followed the moving of the Holy Spirit, He opened the windows of Heaven and poured out upon us blessings we never dreamed of! Indescribable joy!

" For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

She's in Surgery

Here is a pic right before they wheeled Xiaoyun back for her final surgery. As you can see, she's quite the trooper and was smiling until the medicine went to work. It was a restless night for us all. Probably a combination of anticipation, and little ones in the rooms on each side of us that were not happy most of the night.
Dr. Johnson gave us the rundown. Please forgive me for giving a very simplified version of what he said - I have a copy of the technical terminology and will post that later- but for now here is the gist of it: They will go in and remove temporary rods (going through the same incision as two weeks ago - posterior) and halo (YEAH!); she will have a CT that will give a 3-D image of where they are and what they want to do; they bring in 'Navigation System' which will guide the doctors and also do some of the surgery, since her vertebrae are so tiny. This system is very precise, but also slow, so things will take longer.; build her backbone from T2-L3; do more CT with 3-D imaging as they go along; and put in permanent rods. She will be hooked up to a neuromonitoring system, that watches muscles twitches, etc. to make sure neurologically they do no damage.
This is the most delicate of the surgeries and the longest (because of the down time waiting for the CT scans). Please continue those prayers!


  1. We are praying for your angel! The Lord has mighty plans for this little girl and she is such a blessing to so many! Praying for her!

  2. We are praying for you all this morning!
    The Chambers Family

  3. Hi Cindy.
    I work in downtown Louisville, just blocks from where you are. I have been praying for you and your family daily and think of your sweet girl often. I hope today passes quickly for you and that Xiaoyun comes out of surgery in as little pain as possible. PLEASE let me know if there is anything you need. I am only a few blocks away. I can't imagine the stress of not only watching your child go through all these surgeries, but also in being away from home and family for such a long time.

    Sending hugs and prayer your way,

  4. Sweet Family, keeping everyone in my prayers today. So glad to see Mamaw made it and know she will be a huge relief for yall. Love to Evelyn and all her bravery! Prayers going up . Christi Meadows

  5. I can't wait to see how she is doing! I have been checking all day!