The Gang

The Gang
October 2008 Sweet Potatoe Harvest

About Me

I am a busy mommy of 6, seeking to be a loving, godly helpmeet to my husband and a biblical discipler to my children. God has blessed us with a child with Autism. May the lessons that the Lord is teaching me and our family be a blessing to you and yours!

My Favorite Books

  • Bible
  • Created to be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl
  • Four-Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman
  • Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
  • Home Cheese Making by Ricki Carroll
  • Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
  • Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp
  • The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Caleb was in surgery this morning for about 4 1/2 hours. As suspected they found a few things once they got in there that needed to be taken care of. Below is a list of all that was done in the surgery:

1. Removed/released part of his Iris - it was bunched up making his eye look funny & I'm sure it effected the eye in other ways too.
2. Removed 90-95% of the fluid/blood in his eye and replaced it with a special oil.
3. Repaired the retinal detachment with a lazer treatment and placed a band on his eye to hold the retina in place. This band will be a permanent band. The band and the oil serve as inner and outer splint for the damaged retina.
4. Fixed the pressurization problem.
5. Removed the Cataract.
6. Removed the stitches.

Of course this list is not in order, it is just a detailed list of all that they did in the surgery.

Caleb is an outpatient and will be released some time this afternoon. Phil and Caleb will be staying at the Ronald McDonald house right across from the Childrens Hospital. Caleb will be seen by Dr. Connor again tomorrow. Depending on how Caleb is feeling Phil may need to stay with him tomorrow night at the RD house too. Caleb will be on bed rest for at least a week, Phil will find out tomorrow if it will be longer than a week.

There will be future surgeries. They will have to go in and remove the oil eventually and once everything is healed he will also have to get the contact lens.

We are very thankful that God has allowed us to be here in Wisconsin so that Caleb can be treated at the Childrens Hospital. It is amazing what damage a little stick can do to an eye! We are very thankful for the Doctors Caleb is seeing and for the Ronald McDonald house too!

This is going to be a long process of surgeries and doctors visits so please pray that Caleb will be able to handle all this with a sweet spirit and that he won't be disappointed about the results of this surgery. We were thinking that this surgery would get him to the point where he would be able to see and not have to wear a patch any more. However, the damage to his eye was much worse than were were expecting. God knows the end from the beginning and we are praying that this will be used in Caleb's life to allow him to learn at a young age how precious it is to trust God with everything, for His grace is sufficient and His strength is made perfect in our weakness.


Pastor Bill said...

Shirley, your perspective on Caleb's situation is refreshing to read. Keep the "long view" in focus for God is certainly doing something different in Caleb's heart than He does in most boys. It will be worth it in the end. Your church family will be praying for your wisdom in mothering him through all of this. Whoever said, "Ladies don't minister??" We are thankful for the doctors the Lord has provided and believe God will meet every need. I saw someone's car last week at church with a sticker on it that read, "Faith: a verb." Keep it active! Pastor Bill (Col. 1:9-12)