Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sarah's Favorite Restaurant!!

After getting out of the Hospital, and some good rest, it was time to get out and stretch our legs! So we decided to take Sarah to her favorite place, The Stardust Diner! If you don't already know, its a themed restaurant where they wear poodle skirts etc. and the waiters and waitresses sing some great songs and perform while you eat! Sarah just loves it, its worth the walk, to take her and to see a smile on her face and the enjoyment it brings her!! One of the waiters, he was the first one to sing to her our very first trip, (and he went on to play in the show Wicked on Broadway, ) it was his turn to sing, he made his way around the room, sang a bit to Sarah and said "Welcome back! Your looking good!" It was so nice that he remembered her! She got up and danced, clapped, and had a really good time! At one point some of the staff started doing the twist, and of course Sarah had to start that as well, she did such a good job! It was very cute, wish everyone could have seen her! Here's a video....

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Leaving the Hospital

Sarah got discharged from the hospital this morning and was so ready to go she didn't even want to put on some shorts as noticed is first picture. We did get to meet a clown jokester at the hospital but I think he brightened up mom and dad more then Sarah.

Had to take a picture of Kim eating some cereal at the table or is that her belly. We just got back to the apartment and Sarah is wide open. We are all glad to see that.

We will be keeping everyone up to date.

God is good

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Surgery day went well

Today's surgery went very well considering we didn't know for sure if it was going to happen at all last night. But thanks to a lot of answered prayers Dr. Waner was able to do the surgery. Thank you to everyone for taking the time out of your day to pray for Sarah. This is definately proof to any non-believer that God cares for his children and watches over them.

Surgery went well, they lifted Sarah's lip to make it equal with the other side of her lip and fixed some scaring on her eyebrow line. They also did some lasering on her chin. They admitted her into the hospital this time for two reasons one is to prevent the April trip of going back to the hospital and being admitted and two because it was a big surgery and they want to keep an eye on her. I was not able to stay with Kim and Sarah at the hospital so I am back at the apartment fixing to crash. Hope this message finds you well and thank you again for the support.

On a light note when Sarah came out of surgery the Dr. asked Kim and I was she a mommy's girl or a daddy's girl,we both answered by saying both. The Dr. replied saying that the reason he asked was that when Sarah came out of surgery her first word was DADDY. Just wanted everyone to know that, not that it made my day or anything

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hope and Prayer

Wanted to update everyone of the current situation. We got to NY just fine today and talked with Ylana which is Dr. Waner's nursing assistant about tomorrow mornings surgery around 3pm. Well we just got a call from her saying that Dr. Waner got something in his eye today and is not sure if he will be operating tomorrow. This is a pretty big deal to us because it will throw off our whole trip to get stitches out next week. I am simply telling you all this so that I could get you to pray for Dr. Waner to be able to do Sarah's surgery tomorrow. Hopefully God willing the Dr. will be ok and everything will go as planned I will update tomorrow with the good news or not so good news. God is good

Monday, June 22, 2009

Going in July

Hey Everybody,

It has been a few months of being at home and it is time to go back to Dr. Waner's in NY. Sarah's next surgery will be July 9. This will be our last trip for awhile since Kim is now almost six months pregnant. I will update everyone on the 9th after surgery. Hope this email finds you well. Please pray for a successful surgery and a quick recovery.

God is good

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Dr. Waner on MSNBC

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On a new series on MSNBC entitled "A CHANGE OF FACE", we see how three New York City surgeons dedicate their lives to perfect, save, and reconstruct the human face, changing lives in the operating room. All new episodes premiere on Sunday, May 3, May 10, and May 17 at 10 p.m. ET.  Watch for Sarah's sweet smile in several of Dr. Waner's clips. 

Monday, April 13, 2009

Stitches are out!

Stitches came out this morning and Dr. Waner told us to wait six weeks and send him some pictures of Sarah's face. Everyone is napping the day away so that we will be rested for our flight tomorrow. We will be home tomorrow around 3:00. This trip has definately been memorable. Our friends David and Debbie Freedman have let us stay in there apartment all 10 days that we have been here. They are on vacation in Florida and graciously let us into there home. Thank you.
Not much else to tell besides we are ready to come home. Thank you for all the prayers and comments.
God is good

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Walked half the city

Today we walked all over the place. We Started from the apartment and went south to a parade that NY had on 5th avenue. After seeing what was going on we went to the battleship Intrepid which is a retired ship that has been restored and retrofitted to let you go in the top deck, flight deck and the hanger area. Just a little fun fact from pamplet it took 7000 gallons of paint to re-paint the ship.

More importantly then the sites that we saw today we remembered the reason for Easter and the ultimate sacrifice our Lord Jesus gave to die for our sins. When I think of Easter I think of sacrifice and love. Maybe these feelings come up because of our own path in life, maybe I am just relating this back to our life but felt compelled to share this.

In preperation for Easter Kim and Sarah sat down last night and colored some Easter eggs. Sarah really enjoyed this until it was time to let the eggs dry. She got so mad she sat down on her butt and then threw herself forward onto the ground. Big time temper tantrum, in her defense we started the painting process very close to bedtime.

Hope this post finds you well! Happy Easter

God is good

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Friday Funday

Hey everybody,

Yesterday was a good day. We decided to walk about NY. We walked down to Broadway and took Sarah back to the Stardust Diner where all the waiters and waitresses sing oldies, she loved it. Then on our way to the East river we stopped at a fountain and let Sarah put a penny in. We got to the East river and found a little park to let Sarah walk around in. We also found a little taste of home that evening, a place called Brother Jimmy's bbq where we found sweet tea. The restaurant had mason jars for cups and had NC license plates all over the walls, we loved it. Sarah is doing great today, we had planned to take her to a easter egg hunt today but it is raining and doesn't seem to be letting up. We are going to try and find something to do inside today.

Sarah will have her stitches removed on Monday at 7:30, please pray that everything goes well, I say this because anytime she goes under anethesia it is a big deal to us. Tuesday we will be coming home, thank goodness because we are missing everyone.

I will update soon. God is good.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Out of the hospital!

Sarah's fever broke over night and she got up this morning ready for some apple jacks and pedialyte. The only set back was that Sarah's iv came out of her vein and went into her arm filling her arm with fluid. We noticed this when her arm got really puffy. They removed the iv and told us to keep her arm elevated. Dr. Waner came by about 2:00 p.m. to look at Sarah. He removed her drain and discharged us. We got back to the apartment and all of us got a two hour nap. Best nap I think I've had.
I have to tell this story. We decided to go to a famous bakery called Magnolia Bakery to celebrate our good day. We took a taxi because it is on the other side of central park. When we got there I went to pay the driver whom had been asking about Sarah on the way over there. He turned around and said " No cab fair give it to Sarah" For anyone who has been to NY you can agree that is about as rare as it gets. Thought that was something special.
Thank you to everyone that has continued to pray for Sarah,Kim and I.
This picture is back at the apartment
God is good!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Turn of events

Hey everybody,
This morning about 2:00 a.m. Sarah woke up vomiting and had a fever of 104.5 taken in her ear. We gave her some tylenol and called the doctor. We ended up going to Dr. Waner's office at 10:30 and they admitted her into the hospital. Sarah has fought a 102 fever all day. They would only let one parent stay in the room with her during the night. Visiting hours are over at 8:00 p.m. and they kicked me out of the room about 10:00 p.m. Hopefully by morning she will have broke her fever and I will be able to update everyone with good news. Out of the nine other trips we have made up here this is the hardest trip so far. I didn't take any pictures today for multiple reasons but mainly because I didn't think we would be admitted to the hospital. Dr. Waner came by this evening to Sarah's room and told us that he doesn't think the fever and vomiting is related to Sarah's surgery but that she probably picked up some kind of bug. Hopefully everything will be better in the morning. Please pray that Sarah will get better quickly and that Kim and I can function under these nights of sleeplessness. Nobody said the road would be easy though. God is Good

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Day after surgery

It's the day after surgery and everyone is still pretty tired. We went to Dr. Waner's office this morning and were told that the drain tube will probably be in until friday unless the swelling goes down and the fluid quits coming out earlier. This is the first time Sarah has had a drain in after surgery and it makes the recovery a little harder on us. I say Kim and I because Sarah doesn't pay it much mind at all. She got up this morning and walked around the apartment kicking a soccer ball and enjoying herself. Hopefully her drain will be able to come out before friday, I know I will feel better when it is out. I will update later. God is Good

Monday, April 6, 2009

What a day for surgery!

Today takes the cake for our surgery days. We were scheduled for Sarah to have surgery at 11:30 this morning which is later then usual. We finally got her into surgery at 3:30 this afternoon because of scheduling issues which means Sarah didn't eat or drink anything all day. Surgery went good though Sarah got the tumor above her nose and the the one next to her nose worked on which included grinding off some of her nose bone to help straighten the nose because her tumor had pushed her nose over to the left. She also had a different laser applied to the scars on her cheek and chin, in the Dr.'s words, sands down the scar tissue to make her skin smoother. She also had a drain tube put under her skin to help with swelling in the nose area. You can see the drain tube coming out her forehead. Ok - got to go and pick up some prescriptions from the drug store before they close. I will update better tomorrow. Please pray for Sarah to have a good recovery and for Kim and I to stay strong.
God is good.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Change in Plans

Wanted to let everyone know that our March trip got bumped to April. The doctor's in NY were not going to be in at the time for March and we had to reschedule. At first this became quite a problem because we had to change airline tickets which cost $300 to change flights and we were going to have an extra night in NY. But everything worked out great. Our friends that got us the airplane tickets for March were able to call US airways and have the $300 fee removed. We called David and Debbie (our friends in NY) to let them know of our schedule changes and they had good news and bad news. The bad news was that they would not be in town when we came, the good news was that they would not take no for an answer and told us we could stay in there apartment in NY. This is just another example of God's work. We started these schedule changes with added expenses and know have the least expensive trip to NY that we have ever had. Just wanted everyone to know and thank everyone for the prayers. Next update will be from NY.

God is good!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

new hardware

Hey everyone just trying new phone to see if I can use this instead of our laptop when we go to NY. Everyone is doing good. I will update soon.
God is good!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Upcoming Trip

Just wanted everyone to know that we have another trip coming up in March. We don't know exactly what will be done except that they want to start working on her right cheek area. We wanted to update everyone and wish everyone a happy new year.
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