Saturday, January 27, 2018

Shelby's Surgery

It was discovered this summer that Shelby's left vocal cord was paralyzed.  Shelby has always had a very soft voice and it was becoming harder and harder to hear her as she got older.  It became a struggle when she was supposed to give presentations in class and no one could hear her.  The ENT that we visited was one of the few doctors in the nation that performs a nerve graft surgery that could potentially help Shelby.  His plan was to cut a functioning nerve in her neck and graft it to the non-working nerve and hopefully once fused, the nerve would work again in 4-6 months.  There is nothing that can be done about the actual paralysis of the vocal cord, but this procedure would hopefully bring more strength to her voice.  We decided to go ahead and try it.  While she was under, her pulmonologist wanted to do a procedure as well so she could get a good look at her lungs.  We decided to schedule the surgery for July 31st. 

Shelby was a nervous girl that whole week leading up to the surgery.  She was scared that something was going to happen while she was under anesthesia.

I had my mom come too so she could wait with me while Shelby was in surgery.  Shelby walked with the surgeon into the operating room and we said goodbye.  I was a very nervous mama too.  It was supposed to be a 4-5 hour surgery and it took over 6 hours.  Tucker came up when she was almost out and so did Michele, Pam, and Samantha.

This was right after the surgery.  Tucker and I went back and it was so good to see her.  She kept saying that her throat hurt over and over.

They gave her some medicine that made her sick, so she kept throwing up.  She was unable to keep anything down for the rest of the night.  After they switched her pain medicine, she wasn't in any pain, so that was good.  Everyone that was here earlier came in to say hello and then Debby, Spencer, and Tyler came and visited that night. 

By the next morning Shelby was doing so much better.  She was nauseated anymore and she was ready to go home. 

They let us go in the morning.  Shelby had some cute stuffed animals brought to her to give her comfort.
This was 2 days after surgery.  Here is the craziest part of the whole thing.  After we left the hospital, Shelby never needed pain medicine.  They sent us home with a narcotic and we had tons of Tylenol and ibuprofen on hand, however, it was never used.  I still am thankful for that miracle.  It's about a 2 inch incision and she must be a pretty tough chick to recover without meds! 

Friday, January 26, 2018

July- Part 3-Summer Fun

Shelby started with her vest therapy.  This machine will accompany her for the rest of her life.

Grandpa took the kids to the splash park in their clothes!

Chloe loves playing the game pretty, pretty, princess.

Shelby stayed the night at Primary Children's for a sleep study.

Seriously, how does anyone get any sleep with this stuff on!

The nurse and RT were really nice.

We had the picnic in the park with some friends.

We had to have popsicles after.

My mom is SO SWEET and took us all to Cherry Hill.

This cutie came and stayed with us for a week!

We went on the most gorgeous hike up to Cecret Lake.  We took the long way up and it ended up being a 7 mile hike.

We made it though, and we brought snacks!

Our hiking gang.

We went with our friends to Willard Bay.  We had so much fun.

Shelby sure loves Samantha!

Cute Ruby and Chloe

We went to classic fun center.  The kids love it.

We went to a family event at the dinosaur park. 

Chloe went to her friend Mia's birthday party.

I took my favorite son out to an ice cream date.  I sure love him!

July 2017- Part 2- The 4th, Lagoon, and a Birthday!

Yay for the 4th of July!! Definitely one of my favorite holiday's.  We did the Clearfield parade.

We kept up with our tradition and went to Cracker Barrel after the parade.

Here is my office at my internship.  I'm really loving it.  I am teaching group therapy classes, doing individual therapy, and doing intake assessments and evaluations. 

My parent's took us to Annie.  So fun.


We celebrated Chloe, Lauren, and Keaton at the Steeds.

Debby always makes the cutest cakes.  This was Keaton's...combining his two favorite things-orange and bears.

Chloe and Lauren with their Barbie cakes.

Cutest birthday boy.

Lagoon!  We love every year when we go to Harmon's Lagoon day.

Keaton loved this new car ride.

I love these sisters.

Chloe and Lauren.

Keaton played the basketball game.

Shelby did too.

Keaton is 10!!  Keaton is honestly the sweetest, most caring, kind boy.  He is a huge helper at home and is such a nice brother. 

He loves our traditional birthday confetti pancakes.

He took his friend Camden to Chuck E Cheese.

I love this 10 year old so much!

Sibling love!