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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

Friday, January 20, 2012

Xiaoyun rested better last night, though I could hear the pain pump being pushed fairly often. Early this morning they came in to do an xray and it didn't come out clear enough, so they came back in to do it again. Sliding that hard film under her back was very uncomfortable, and since then she's had a hard time resting. She had said over and over that her pain pump wasn't working, so they finally increased the amount of meds and now she's finally sleeping. She will be on her back until the next surgery, because her back is now unstable with all they did this previous surgery. The surgeons continue to be pleased, and this morning the other surgeon came in and mentioned how much everybody in the hospital thinks of Xiaoyun. Even in the midst of the pain, she continues to say thank you when someone comes in.
Her older brother, Zak, should have just landed at the Louisville airport a few minutes ago. He flew in from Minnesota just to be with her for this weekend. He and Emily (our 19 year old daughter) are planning on staying with Xiaoyun tonight and having movie and popcorn, if she's feeling like it. The secretary on the floor heard they were having a 'slumber party' and brought in bags of popcorn for them this morning. We continue to be blessed by all those who we come into contact with here at Kaosairs!!!
I've included pictures of PICU (where she goes after surgery each time), and of the view from her new room. It's hard to see, but she was trying to give a little smile in the pic.


  1. She's in our prayers! Please let her know that! ~Hugs from Michigan~

  2. My mom went through major back surgery several years ago and what Xiaoyun is going through seem much more extensive. I am amazed at her spirit and light. What an amazingly strong young woman she is. You don't know me but your whole family is constantly in my thoughts as you go through this difficult time. I brought tears to my eyes when I read that your older children were coming into town just to be with Xiaoyn.

    Sending lots of good thoughts to you all,

    P.S. Can you tell me how to pronounce Xiaoyun? I like to have names straight in my mind as I am thinking of them.

  3. Have you receive our card from Spain?

  4. Is the next surgery already scheduled? Will it be the last? I'm amazed by Xiaoyun's ability to get through this. She's so tiny and seemed to have so little reserve. I know this is a life-saving procedure for her, but it's so rigorous! I'm gathering strength by your example to help me through my daughter's upcoming surgeries! I'm having trouble discerning whether or not one of the local specialists is experienced enough to work on my daughter or if I should begin the tedious process of going outside my HMO. I know so little about how these things work and I'm feeling trapped into compromising, and I can't afford to do that to my daughter.