I can’t begin to express the appreciation I have for everyone’s support. I have honestly felt God’s presence yesterday during a prayer over Ava.
Joe and I are struggling fiercely with the thoughts of Ava missing out on so many things as she navigates life without use of her right arm. Recorders in 3rd grade. Rock climbing wall in the YMCA pool. Carrying a lunch tray for yourself in kindergarten. We can’t believe that 3 days ago we were so concerned about something as superficial as stitches and scrapes on her face.
She’s still the same girl. I keep reminding myself of that. We had a few episodes last night with pain control yet I remained focused on seeing her smile again. On hearing her infectious laugh. It’ so hard to think about, but had the force of her fall been absorbed by her head, there is a likely chance that possibility we wouldn’t still have our Ava.
The pediatric orthopedic surgeon here at Sanford Sioux Falls immediately recommended reaching out to Gilette’s hospital in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Yesterday afternoon, we received word back that her MRI has been reviewed by their top specialist there and the reply from them was ‘No, thanks.’ It breaks our hearts to learn that she so quickly was deemed not a candidate for an attempted fix by them.
Susan E. Mackinnon, MD is the lady on my mind this morning. She is the chief in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Washington University in St. Louis. From what I understand, she is THE top lady in the world as far as nerve transplantation goes. She was out of the office by the time out surgeons here reached out to her yesterday. I ask you to join me in prayer that she reviews Ava’s MRI this morning and is willing to at least explore some options.
A new chapter begins this morning on Ava’s life: the physical therapy and occupational therapy will be here soon to make a splint for her.
I must go now. Thank you for your support.