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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 11, 2012

Successful Surgery Number 2

Sorry it has taken me all day to post this. It's been a long day. Xiaoyun finally got to PICU around 2:30 this afternoon. The pleura has remained intact  (so far), so no chest tube was needed. She did, however, need a unit of blood when all was said and done. From what we can tell, it appears she has about a twelve inch incision down her back. Of course, it is bandaged up, so we'll probably know more about that tomorrow. The surgeon said her spine is turned almost completely around at one point from where it should be.They removed parts of four ribs (which the surgeon said will grow back to some extent), and put in the rods. They were very encouraged after opening her up to see what a difference the traction and temporary rods were making, especially in her lower back. She goes for another chest xray tomorrow to see if there were any tears. They want her up walking some tomorrow and they begin her traction again in the morning (they gave her a break today). They'll start her back at 5 pounds and then gradually build back up to 18 pounds just in time for another surgery next Wednesday.
Speaking of next Wednesday, the surgeon was really stressing the fact she shouldn't do any more pain medicine than is absolutely necessary after tomorrow, because it will cut her appetite down, which in turn may cause her to heal slowly from this surgery (which would mean having to postpone the next surgery). We'd appreciate prayers for a good appetite and minimal amounts of pain so she can avoid the medicine.
More to follow in the morning when I can think a little clearer!

One week and two surgeries down!!! Praise God!!!!!!!!


  1. Thank you so much for the update. I have prayed for Evelyn and all of yall continualy today. I will continue to lift everyone else up in prayer also. People were asking about the surgery 2nite at church and I had not had a chance to check the blog. Tell Ms Evelyn we love her! Christi

  2. I'm so relieved to hear that all went well today! I'll be praying that her appetite stay strong enough for her to eat enough to heal and feel well. Have you been able to consult with a nutritionist to determine which foods are the easiest to eat when feeling nauseous, yet have the most calories and nutrition?

  3. Praying that the pain will be minimal! PTL for a successful surgery.