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Monday, December 3, 2007

Dr. Visit #1


I have no idea whether I can relay the information received today, but I will try ... I will tell you that Scott and I left the doctor's office overwhelmed and praising the Lord ... Maggie will have a 3D CT scan tomorrow (with sedation) and we will meet the with doctor again next Monday to lay out our surgery schedule ...

This was the news today ..
1. Surgery will take place soon ... Bone will either be used from her ribs or artificial bone to cover the whole in her head ... This will all depend on what shape the whole is currently ...

2. There is always a possibility of rejection and the doctor says if that happens then we will just do it again ...

3. He is hoping the skin is thick from the skin graft done in China or there will have to be another skin graft ...

The doctor looked us in the eyes and said, " I can do this." ... It won't be easy, but we can fix her head and it will be round and healed ... THOSE WERE THE WORDS I WANTED TO HEAR... He was very positive and honest ... He said it will take several surgeries, but Maggie will get the best care in the country ...

Issue of Hair ...

The doctor said that is something we will discuss when she is 4 or 5 after her skull is done growing and her wound is completely healed ... The procedure will be using scalp extenders to stretch the scalp with the hair and pull it over the burn area ...

DOES THIS ALL NOT SOUND CRAZY ....

I am thankful the Lord gives doctors to ability to learn and work miracles with their hands ... My Jesus Calling today was about giving my battles over the Lord ... My flesh could battle all the unknowns, but I am giving it to Him and He is the ultimate fighter ... Thank you for your prayers ... I can't say that enough because YOU are getting me through each day with your encouragement and your heart for my daughter ... She is just the most amazing little angel ... I see her struggles in her eyes and then when she laughs I see her hope ...

I think our sleep patterns will come and go, but that is to be expected ...I am so appreciative to all who are bringing meals and loving on my other 3 ...

(My friend Suzanne's son Caleb come home from the hospital yesterday ... Keep him in your prayers as the winter season comes and germs run rapid)

36 kind words.:

Anonymous said...

Gwen, WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Not just the words but the precious picture! It is an honor to pray for your family during this time. I appreciate the honesty of your updates. God is in control. He is the Master Physician and healing is mighty. Hang in there!
Adrienne in Texas LID 4-20-07

~Amy~ said...

Gwen- what a beautiful picture of your two girls. I'm so happy you got such good news from the doctor! Maggie is going to get through this all as well as your whole family! Stop by my blog...my current post has a lot to do with you!

Always Praying-Amy

Anonymous said...

Thanking God today for prayers answered!!! His Grace is ENOUGH!!!

Your daughters, together, are precious, precious, precious.

Thank you for letting us know how Maggie and her amazing family did today....we continue to hold you all up to our Father.

Much love to you all...another blessed China Mommy,
Diane

Holly said...

So glad to hear that! I hope everything goes well with Maggie's surgery. I love the pic of your two sweet girls!

Anna said...

This is all an answer to many prayers and I know everything will work out and be fine...it sounds like the doctor is very confident in what he is going to be doing and that Maggie will be in the best hands possible, not only the doctor's but God's as well...
See ya soon!
love,
anna

thorvet said...

God truly can use the hands of surgeons to work HIS miracles! What a beautiful illustration of faith you are showing your children of the faithfulness of God and how we can and should put the battles in HIS hands and the miracles that happen when we do. I am in awe of you.

Teresa

Mr.Brian said...

Gwen, just a kind of post I needed to read.Yes our God is amazing,he can do great things.Please know there are so many praying for you.
These are the kind of posts I love to read,seeing how God is at work in others lives.
Praise God!
Hugs,
Mr.Brian

Laura Nipper said...

What a sweet photo of your girls. Love the little smile on Maggie's face. Praise God for answering prayers and for finding a wonderful Dr to help with Maggies head.

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

YEAH!!!!!
I knew she would be fine...
You have Great Dr.s and she has the BEST FAMILY in the WHOLE world...
I am sooo happy for you...
I am drying my tears...
Love the picture...
Everything will be fine in time...
Hugs to you my dear friend..
Kim

Jewels of My Heart said...

They are soooooooooooooo beautiful...
Tears of joy... Thank You Jesus! You are oh, so faithful.
You are in my prayers.
God's Peace
(give your Maggie a hug for me... she has stolen my heart)
Sweet Dreams, Mother and Daughter

nikki said...

First of all, that picture is one of the most precious things I have ever seen...sweet sisters...Lily says she would like a dress to match them too!

Glad to hear that everything went well today. I thought about you NON-STOP and am glad for the update.

I am so looking forward to talking with you on Wednesday.

Sending you all my love, friend!

Jodee Leader said...

What a sweet picture of your girls. I will keep Maggie in my thoughts and prayers. She looks like she is adjusting so well.

Kim Kenward said...

I've been thinking of you all day, Gwen. It sounds like you have a wonderful doctor and Maggie will get the best care possible. Continued prayers coming from West Michigan.

Kim K.

mommy24treasures said...

Soooo glad you had a good report and the dr is positive. Its so wonderful to see God at work. He is right in the center of all of this. ALways praying for you ...
Connie
PS what a darling darling picture of two of God's precious treasures:)

Steffie B. said...

I'm just sitting here....thanking God for blessing Maggie with you and you with her. God will protect her...the picture of the girls is priceless.....let's talk again soon.

Emmie wants to come see you so badly! maybe we'll have to see what we can figure out! ;)

LaLa said...

Oh Gwen...what wonderful news and I love that pic of sweet sisters holding hands : )

Please let me know if you need anything at all...we will be there.

Beckyb said...

What an amazing story and an amazing photo!!! God is just SO good - thanks for keeping us all informed - we are still praying - God has brought you through so much and He will continue to do so!

Bama Fan said...

I am was so excited to hear the good news. I'll keep praying for ya'll. I love ya'll and hopefully will see you soon.

Laura said...

I've been checking for an update! So glad to hear that the doctor has such encouraging and optimistic news for you guys!! And I love the picture of Emily & Maggie! I pray that each day Maggie is having more good times than tough times. You are amazing Gwen! God knew just what he was doing when he planned for you to be Maggie's mother!

jennifer said...

THe picture of the two of them is so sweet. She has such a sweet smile. So glad you recieved good news from the doctor! Hope the sleeping continues.

Kristy said...

Praising Him with you.
Blessings on your family ~

Tracy said...

Gwen,
I've been following Maggie's journey since you went to China to get her -- I have been so moved by your love for her and your faith in God during this time. There is something so precious about Maggie -- she has stolen my heart. And you have earned my respect and admiration. You're amazing! Just as I'm thankful that the Lord gives doctors the ability to learn, I'm thankful that the Lord has created people like you! You and your family are in my prayers.
-Tracy
(I'm a friend of Nikki's, and I was actually in China the same time you were when you adopted Emily)

Kim said...

Lord, bless the doctors that you have put in Maggie's life. May their hands carefully piece everything in it's perfect place on Maggie's body with your healing touch. I am so happy to hear your good news. We have been praying for your family fervently! I love the picture of the girls, so precious! Again, thank you for keeping us updated on your journey. And hearing that some prayers are being answered. We love you guys,

Beverly said...

Glad to know those were good words from the doc. Hope the sleeping continues to go well and the tantrums subside. Beautiful pic of your beautiful girls.

Beverly

Holladay Family said...

That picture of the two of them is priceless. The way your older daughter looks at Maggie is magical. It is like she is saying, "she looks like me!" I hope all is happy and well in your family. Glad you got meds to help with sleep. Wise choice. Can you say what happened to Caleb? Did he have RSV or croup? That is very scary, I know firsthand, when your child stops breathing. I am glad they are ok now.

eggrolls and chopsticks said...

I have just started to read your blog and am coming out of lurking to say how very happy we are for all of you.

Maggie will be just fine.
So sorry you are being run ragged at the moment even though I am sure you wouldn't have it any other way!

emily said...

Praise the Lord for His good gift of these doctors and their words of confidence and assurance!

I need me some Jesus Calling:) Corrine, Suzanne and you all talk about it.

Love you!

Nicole said...

I'm so happy to hear you found a doctor that thinks he can help her!!! I continue to pray for everything to work out. :)

Tina said...

The story is just beginning and this first chapter for maggie has been filled with GLORY... wow my frined. I love you... and I praise my God every time I think of you!

Michelle said...

Sisters...what a beautiful picture!! I was very happy to read your post with so much encouragement from Maggie's doctor. Praising God and keeping your family in prayer.

KKamholz said...

Gwen, I will be praying for the family and for Maggie. I'm so thankful God pointed you to the right doctor and that he feels confident enough to take this on. Oh, how I wish I can fly there and give you all a big hug. I hope to someday.

Sue @ Praise and Coffee said...

Oh, what a precious little girl! I will be praying for her and your family.

Blessings,
Sue

Cate said...

I once saw a story about a girl who lost part of her scalp in a terrible go-cart accident. Her wound looked about the same size as Maggie's, but she was older. They did the scalp extension surgery on her, and you would never have known anything had ever happened.

I'm so thankful that someday in the next few years, you'll be styling loads of black hair on a whole and healthy scalp and head.

Cate said...

I once saw a story about a girl who lost part of her scalp in a terrible go-cart accident. Her wound looked about the same size as Maggie's, but she was older. They did the scalp extension surgery on her, and you would never have known anything had ever happened.

I'm so thankful that someday in the next few years, you'll be styling loads of black hair on a whole and healthy scalp and head.

Mauimom1 said...

God Bless You Sweet Gwen. I am praying for you and your precious family. Hang in there, you will all get through this! God will continue to work miracles in Maggie's life. Melissa

shuey6 said...

so touched to see scarfs on both heads! very sweet. Maggie is lucky to have such a thoughtful Mom.