Who's the cutest girl around?

I am a mom of a cutie pie (very biased). And I wanted to share my experiences with others (including my cuties grandparents, great-grandparents, numerous uncles and other relatives). I love being a mom and can't imagine doing anything else.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Surgery update

Alivia is still in surgery as of now (3:17) and we haven't heard anything. She didn't go in until around 2 because there was an emergency surgery that took our OR. She did an amazing job without food. She was happy, silly, funny and smiley almost the entire morning. She let the doctors check her out (only cried when they looked in her mouth), got accessed, took some meds and went back to surgery.

Best news of the day so far was there her blood counts were good enough not to need a transfusion. They thought that 50 would be a good enough number...she would need a transfusion but that would be a good starting point...but she was 100. So she didn't even need any tranfusion. Her WBC's were 16.7 and RBC's (hemocrit) 10.2. All in all pretty good numbers.

There is talk that she might be intubated when she comes out of surgery. Pray that everything goes so well that she won't have to be. Also they talked of giving her an epidural if the pain was too much. We really dont' want that so pray they can control her pain with morphine. the spleen is very vascular so pray the bleeding is minimual and that they fluid levels aren't too much or too little. Pray that her body recovers quickly and she will be able to eat again.

I miss my girl and can't wait to hold her again. I don't do well with being away from her even when we leave her with someone we know and love (like my parents...or even James) she is one of my best friends, my favorite people and I hate being away from her on a normal day. thanks for all of your prayers and well wishes so far. It is amazing to know that you are all out there praying for our sweet girl.


Anonymous kb said...

so grateful to hear she was amazingly content & happy without food all day!
we've been thinking of you since the alarm went off and are continuing to pray. see you later!

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the update. We're chomping at the bit here in Pittsburgh. It's so hard not being there physically to support you. Sounds like things got off to a good start with the counts and praying hard and trusting that everything else will be positive.

Mega love, Grande Aunt Lisa

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily,We are praying for you & little Livi right this very moment. The kids keep asking to pray for "baby livia". Love & prayers, Brandi & family

3:56 PM  
Anonymous tina said...

you guys have been on my mind like crazy today! glad for the good reports so far. thank you for the update emily. xoxo

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying...praying...praying!!!!!!
Alicia Hess and family<><

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. I keep checking the blog to see if there is any news. Livi and all of you have been on my heart all day. I will keep praying... Vicki G.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

emily -

thanks for the update. i've been checking - praying - checking - praying. i hope you get to see your baby girl soon!!


4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the update Emily..been thinking of you all and praying for you in the brief moments of the day...hope you get to see Livi soon..

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Beth Young said...

it's so lame of me, but that's what I was worried about "how could she go that long without food". Sweet baby didn't even care. What a trooper. Thanks for the update and praying for no epidural needed.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

James and Emily-
We are thinking of you and have been praying for you all day. We will continue to pray...


5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad for the update thank you. We are praying.

The Miranda's

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we've been praying all day, and will continue to do so. so good to hear God is answering our prayers. thanks for keeping us informed.
april stoltzfus

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Viv said...

Thanks for the update- we keep praying!
Viv and family

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying and fasting for you today. Sounds like Alivia did better than I did without food!!

Melissa Stoltzfus

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the update...you, TOO, are a trooper...and a great MOM!

Still praying!

Mary Ann K.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Phil Kim said...

Thank you for taking time to update us- you've been in our prayers all day. We love you guys,

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying throughout the day...


6:51 PM  
Anonymous jamie said...

thankful for the update and the good counts without a transfusion!! praying for her and you and james and the rest of the family all day . . .will continue to pray for her healing and coming out of surgery. loveyou-

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of you throughout the day and praying for all to go well. So glad to hear your update and to read your positive news. Praying for continued blessings for all of you. Hope you get to give Livi that big happy hug very soon!
Cathy S.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're praying too. God hears all these prayers. Love, Aunt Cheryl

7:34 PM  
Blogger linda anne said...

i prayed multiple times thoughout the day... during exams and such. Im still praying. so glad to hear she didnt need a transfusion.. wow.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Hannah Byers said...

James & Emily,
We have been praying for your sweet baby all day! Thank you so much for your update! I'm so happy to hear she has been doing well so far! We've been talking and thinking of you the entire day! Dear Jesus please heal this baby, Livi & help her tonight to not be in much pain & that during this recovery that she can be full of her silly spunk & fun loving girl that she is. Give James & Emily stronger faith in you & help them to trust that their daughter is in the best hands, Our Mighty healer Jesus!! I pray Lord you would work a miracle tonight! In Jesus name, Amen.
Get some rest & be assured that He does hear our prayers. There are 500 people at CrossWay praying & all of your family & friends back home along with tons of people who don't even know you! You both are a wonderful, loving & great Daddy & Mommy to Alivia! Thanks for being such a great example to all of us! God bless you! Love Hannah, Scott, Tirzah & Naomi Byers

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for keeping us posted. it helps so much those of us who are far away. thanks too for all the great pictures. I have never been so thankful for the internet until Alivia started to get sick. Now it is a life saver for me. It brings you all up close and personal and helps us to know how to pray. Which I am doing now. I'm afraid I'm going to have to call Bill or somebody cause I can't even wait now for the next blog (you've spoiled me)to hear how the surgery went.
Aunt Marcy

9:04 PM  
Anonymous kb said...

okay it's "moving" just for ME to see how He's put you on the hearts of so many! dave's room is all set so please call at any hour if he doesn't have the key.

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the many hundreds praying for all of you today.
Love you, Kathie K

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying and waiting for good news. The Plains

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and your family. I found your blog through beth. I am praying for Livi. Thanks for the update.

10:06 PM  
Blogger Briana Almengor said...

We're heading to bed praying for ya'll, hoping that you will be heading for some sweet sleep soon yourselves.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We prayed for Alivia as a family again tonite. We have been standing with you in prayer. It is so special when our children remember to pray for her without any mention from us. May the Lord continue to surround you with His peace and love!

Ben & Maria Krothe and family

11:11 PM  

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