Thursday, April 25, 2013

Time to Start Up Again's time to dust off the old blog.

Yes, it has been almost a year since we last posted anything.  We've always wanted to use the blog as updates on Karsie's omphalocele progress, and since there hasn't been anything medical to talk about lately, we've left it alone.

Karsie has had such a great year.  She is growing and eating (still not as much as the doctors would like, but she's going at her own pace).  She is happy and really bright.  We can't believe there was ever a time the doctors thought she might have serious brain damage.  That has definitely been an answer to prayer.

She's almost four now, and it has been easy to forget there's still lots to do for her to fix her omphalocele.  And that starts up again today.  Karsie will begin the process of closing this afternoon.  She is scheduled to have her tissue expanders put into her flanks/obliques/whatever her side muscles are, today.  The way it's been explained to us is that they will filet her muscle tissue on her sides and insert small balloon-like expanders (similar to breast implants).  Then, over the next few months, they will slowly increase the size of the expanders with saline.  Finally, when she looks like she has three omphaloceles (here real one and two large filled balloons on her sides), they will attempt to close her.  Most likely she will have another round of that in a year or two depending on how everything goes.

So, this afternoon, if you happen to read the blog that's been silent for a year, pray for Karsie's tissue expander surgery.  There was a time when these two parents were much more used to telling our daughter goodbye as the surgeons took her away.  Now, we've had years to have her to ourselves, and this is again a very scary process.  Thank you all.

Kevin and Michelle


  1. I'll be thinking of you all and saying lots of prayers! What time does she go under? (Figure super extra concentrated prayers at that time will be good. I'm also fairly certain God thinks I'm a hilarious little nutball with my prayer habits.);) Love and hugs to you all. Go Karsie, go!

  2. We are praying for Karsie and you two. God has been so good, and we are believing Him for a perfect outcome.

  3. We are praying that all goes perfectly well for your sweet girl. Also praying for the surgeons hands. We love you guys!

  4. Thinking about Karsie and you guys. Love you all and praying everything goes super smoothly.

  5. That's hard. Wishing you and yours all the best Kevin.

  6. I am praying for you all, and especially Karsie.
    May God send his angels of healing and of patience to you all. It is very exciting that this has begun!