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the missing toe – by Kaitlyn

Posted by on Thursday, 8 December, 2011

Hello everyone. Tuesday was an exciting day at our house. We had an accident in the kitchen that has us scurrying around. Especially Kaitlyn and Heidie.

We have this large (and heavy) wooden cutting board, and soup was being made in the kitchen. Kaitlyn was helping mom to cut up some vegetables for the soup. As Heidie and Kaitlyn were working together in the kitchen that cutting board fell and hit directly on Kaitlyn’s toe (right foot, second toe).  It was extremely painful so Kaitlyn was screaming and crying.

Heidie took her to emergency, where they gave her 2 shots with the biggest needle in the universe—that may have been the maximum pain level felt from this whole ordeal. Well the doctor called it a partial amputation, so they put it back together as best as they could. 10 stitches later and minus her toe-nail, they made their way home. Kaitlyn is on crutches for a while and the toe-nail will take about 6 months to grow back.  It is doubtful that she will be playing soccer this season, and we will need to find her some shoes that can protect that toe.


Here are a couple of pictures below. One is of the toe and the other is Kaitlyn playing with a blown up glove—waiting in the hospital always seems like it takes too long, so she is passing the time—Opa (Heidie’s father, David Wright) had blown the glove up and Kaitlyn provided the decoration.

Update 11/15/2011, Elizabeth – Beware the fist!

Posted by on Tuesday, 15 November, 2011

Well, it has been a while since the last post of Elizabeth and we wanted to send you some recent news and pictures of how she is doing. (Click on a picture above to see it full sized).

We are greatly encouraged by the doctors visit. We have noticed that our girl is much more active lately. She is moving her arms and legs constantly, trying to fly off somewhere it looks like to us.  She also does this thing with her hand (her left hand mostly), where she will put it straight out and make a fist….then she will wave it around, hoping for someone to get into range.

You can see in the first picture above that she is letting Kaitlyn have a taste of her fury (although I think Elizabeth may be smiling there). The second picture, I love, she is focusing on her mighty fist—even giving the stinky eye for a great mean look. (I imagine her saying: You want a piece of me, punk?). She has had a number of fights with herself, as you can see from some of the pictures where she has scratched her head and face. That last picture she is hanging out with me in the office, some of her recent battle scars have healed up a bit.

The last doctors visit was Nov 14 and Heidie has posted this information about the doctor visit:

Dr. Puntel (heart Doc.) was “astounded” at Elizabeth progress… last night she rolled over on her tummy 2 times all by herself, she is eating 5 to 5.5 oz in under 20 min and babbling constantly… all those “signs” tell the Dr, that she is months ahead of a “typical infant with Down Syndrome”. He said “she is sooo strong!”

We looked at her heart and there is not 1 sign of heart failure. (With your prayers she has by passed all “normal” markers…we were to expect heart failure by now). So we continue forward with great encouragement… She will remain on the oxygen and Surgery needs to be done before she is 6 months old. (Jan 20, 2011) So it will most likely be done in January some time. We will meet with the surgeon next.

Thank you for all your love, prayers and faithfulness.. we will keep you posted.

PS: Here is a note from Elizabeth (sort of):

If you are going to shop online (especially for Christmas stuff), make sure you check out Dad’s store at  Dad’s store has lots of cool Christian Stuff, like Christian Books, Music, and all kinds of great Gift ideas.

I do understand that you would not always buy just from his store, but if you do buy anything from Amazon, then make sure you click this link first to go to Amazon:

that way you help me out (by helping out Dad).