Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's Root for Fiona Day

I've mentioned before that my youngest granddaughter was born with what could have been a critical medical problem. A portion of her liver was outside her abdomen, and it took a year for it to gradually ease back inside. Omitting a lot of procedures and care here. For around 3 years she got her nutrition via a port in her abdomen, a complicated procedure requiring many hours each day. For the last year she's been getting all her food orally, and doing very well.

Today she's getting the port taken out. My daughter assures me that it's a very minor procedure. Personally I want to pull DeBakey and Al Starr out of retirement and have them do it.


18 comments:

  1. Why is healthcare so expensive?

    Because it is worth it. What a stong young lady!

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  2. This child, with the strength and tenacity to survive this far, will thrive, will snort at the thought of danger, will smother you with love and slobbery kisses for months and years to come.

    Be strong, Grandpa, for she is, after all, your blood. Virtual hug comes with this.


    PS: Anti-robot number today is 209. (I'm certain there is some Universal purpose for the randomness of all this. ;-] )

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    1. Thank you Martha. I have on idea about the robot thing. Does every commenter get that?

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  3. Mike, I shall definitely root for Fiona today.

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  4. Me too. She's a very beautiful little girl.

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    1. Thank you. Fiona reminds me of some of your drawings of girls.

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  5. Yea for Fiona; she will live long and prosper and merely have a scar between her bikini top and bottom that she may or may not have tattooed.

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    1. Here's the funny thing, Joanne. A feature of omphalocele kids is they have no bellybutton. Yep, none. The omphalocele forms where the umbilicus would be, and if it heals well after closed, it's just not there.
      I keep waiting for the time that some teacher uses the old saw "It's like bellybuttons, everybody has one." and Fiona raises her hand and says "um, well...."

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  6. Rooting for Fiona. and her Grandpa.

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    1. Thanks. You just passing by, or from around these parts?

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  7. Heartwarming indeed about that beautiful little granddaughter. And going back a few posts I was very impressed with your writing of a vignette from the ICU in Vietnam. Well done, Mike

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    1. Thanks TB. Hope all is well with you and yours.

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  8. Yikes. I've never heard of such a thing. God bless her!

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  9. Yah Fiona! Hope it all went well.

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  10. Little update on Fiona: We didn't take the tube out. Fiona didn't want to, and well, it's HER body, and this isn't medically urgent. She doesn't remember not having the tube, so it feels like a part of her. So we wait until she's ready.

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