Wednesday, November 19, 2008

At long last--another update!

So sorry, folks! A friend e-mailed me asking me to update the blog, and I nearly had a stroke when I logged in this morning and realized how long it had been since I updated it! Once again, there is good reason, though! I started a new job as Director of Counseling Services on a small private university campus in our small town here. That means I'm driving 2 hours less per day. As an added bonus, I love the job (so far!). Anyway, the transition kept me busier than I had anticipated, and I should have posted a warning to all of you, but I didn't think about it.

Liam is doing wonderfully! He has been totally off all pain meds for quite some time and is happy, smiling, and loving life! The fluid builed-up is now completely gone, so his head is looking great. The best news is that at his follow-up appointment with the surgeon, he said Liam may not need another helmet! At $3000 per helmet, we were VERY excited to hear that! Besides, we like snuggling his little fuzzy noggin, and we can't do that if it's covered up with hard plastic. We'll see...

We continue to experiment with different things to get the steri-strips off his head. If anyone has any suggestions, we're happy to entertain any and all of them (well, I think we won't try the lighter fluid idea that one of Liam's uncles brought up!). So far we've tried the adhesive dissolver they gave us at the hospital, baby oil, and soaking them in water as often as he'll tolerate. He screams anytime you get anywhere near them. The surgeon says to wait it out and they'll just naturally fall off, which is what we're doing. Hard to be patient, though. We want them gone ASAP! Oh well. Small potatoes given what we've been through. Goo Gone, anyone? ;)

I need to get some Halloween pics posted. Ideally, this will happen prior to Thanksgving! ;) Liam went as the pumpkin that the Fairy Godmother turned into a coach. Guess what Sarah wanted to be...

Many, many, many thanks for the prayers you have offered and continue to offer, as well as the emotional support, cards, meals, and phone calls. We greatly appreciate all of the kindnesses extended to us over the past six weeks during this latest round of medical intervention.

What a journey of faith Liam's life has been so far!

"Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God!'
-Chris Tomlin

In Christ,
Lisa (and Bill, of course!)