Thursday, April 12, 2007

Calvin Update

Many of you have asked about Calvin's surgery so I thought I would give an update. We switched surgeons for a number of reasons but mainly because he left the surgical team at Riley. We met our new surgeon at the end of January and have been waiting ever since for the paperwork to go through and the insurance to pre-authorize the surgery. We have been on the phone to our insurance company as well as the surgeon's office but to no avail. We just have to wait.

In the mean time, Calvin has been diagnosed with ASD (Atrial Septal Defect). It is a fairly minor heart defect (basically a small hole between the atrial chambers) but will likely require surgery at some point. We understand that this can now be done laproscopically as opposed to open heart and that it may not be done until he is a little older. We meet with a pediatric cardiologist next week and will have more of an idea of what will be required after that. At this point, we do not need to change his level of activity or anything else - a good thing for a very active almost 2 year old!

The defect was found because of his heart murmur. We were not completely surprised - when we consulted with an International Adoption Specialist and talked with our pediatricians, we were told that heart problems are not unusual in children with clefts. We do, however, feel bad that Calvin has to go through so much. He is a trooper! We are incredibly thankful for the doctors that are providing thorough and excellent care.

We trust that God's timing for the surgeries will be perfect and that He will provide the necessary resources for those surgeries. We covet your prayers as we try to patiently wait. Calvin is an amazing blessing chosen by God for our family and we are grateful we have the opportunity to care for him! He brings so much joy to our lives every single day!

Patrick is doing well. He has no known medical issues at this time and is growing like crazy! We are so delighted to see the love and comraderie the boys have for each other. Patrick has also become increasingly affectionate towards Andrew and me (lots of hugs and kisses!). It is a constant joy! We are so blessed to have two such wonderful children. God is good and we are continually reminded that His plan is perfect. He has given us two gifts, the desire of our hearts, and we are thankful!


maryanne helms said...


What a surprise and blessing to meet you again via blogging. I remember your family so well, and fondly. Your sister- was it Stephanie? And your Mom too. Now, meeting your beautiful little boys is such a privilege as well. I read through most of your posts- very fascinating reading your adoption chronicles. Fast reading for a really, really long process. They are gorgeous. And it is amazing to read your thoughts as you grow more and more in love and familiarity with them. I love seeing God create families like yours. Such awesome grace.

Thanks for stopping by my site. I'll be enjoying yours too! And, how in the world did your find me?:)

Jeremiah said...

Hey guys,

I've subscribed to this blog so I can keep up with everything.

Talking about Calvin reminds me of when Jared was a baby and he had to deal with Kawasaki's disease. A lot of doctor visits and insurance fun as well. I'll be praying for you all.

I'm glad they're both doing great, and the pictures are great. I love little kids.

God bless!