Monday, July 20, 2009

Bummer of the week

We were sad when we received notice last week that our favorite doc, Liam's cardiologist (sshhh-don't tell the other docs!), is leaving Vanderbilt Children's to start a private practice in Knoxville. Big, huge bummer. Dr. Michael Liske is the best!! We will miss him but wish him the very best in his new endeavors. We thank God that he was there to shepherd us through the worst of Liam's heart problems and feel very blessed that we benefitted from his expertise the past 2 1/2 years.

In Christ,
Bill and Lisa

Friday, July 3, 2009

Still doing great!

Thanks for the cards, phone calls, e-mails, and Facebook messages to check on Liam! We're starting to fall behind on responding to each of them, but he's doing so well! We are continually amazed by God's power as we watch this little guy heal quickly despite ongoing heart issues and other health problems.

Liam's occupational therapist said yesterday that she already sees a big difference in his eye-hand coordination when he is attempting to accomplish tasks (such as putting shapes in a shape sorter, for example. He has definitely been babbling more in the past day, which we're taking as an indication that the tubes in his ears have improved his hearing, and therefore are already causing increased speech. His speech therapist noticed it yesterday, too.

He continues to take Tylenol or ibuprofen for pain and it's working. He seems quite comfortable and is scooting around on the floor playing with toys again. He has slept comfortable since day one at night, which has certainly been a blessing to his parents!!!

Next steps in Liam's health (aside from follow-up appointments with the three surgeons) will likely be the removal of the feeding tube and possibly the removal of his tonsils and adenoids (we're hoping to set an appointment with a different ENT who specializes in tonsils and adenoids rather than tubes soon). We hope to wait on both of these surgeries until next year and once again do them both at the same time.

Thank you all for your ongoing prayers and support!

In Christ,
Bill and Lisa