The support Brennan has received is overwhelming and incredibly humbling. There is a growing number of people who are asking us how they can help Brennan through his journey and our main focus and priority continues to be prayer for Brennan, his overall health and for the doctors. But so many people are wanting to help even more. For those that feel led to help Brennan financially, a "donate" button is now available. It is linked directly to a special account for Brennan and his long road ahead. Any amount is greatly appreciated. I wish there were words to express our gratitude for all of the support and prayers B is receiving. Thank you to all and God Bless.
Today marks 1 year since Brennan's Atresia Repair surgery (creating an ear canal and ear drum)!!!
I can't believe it has been 1 whole year. In the middle of all the surgery stuff, I would have never thought we would have made it this far with such great results! It was so frightening to go into surgery knowing about all the surgical risks involved, possible facial paralysis, possible infections and even the surgery not helping at all. Through lots of prayer, we went into the surgery process completely at peace trusting that God would take care of our little boy! We have been so pleased with the outcome! His hearing as changed dramatically, observed by us (of course), my family, friends and even his preschool teachers! We are so thankful for the friends and family who lifted us up in prayer throughout this journey. We are so thankful for the countless people who helped us financially. We are so thankful for the doctors and their staff who have made this surgery even possible. We praise God for his love for us even when I had my selfish, doubting moments. Praise be to God!
We had a follow-up appointment with Dr. Lewin today. I still can't believe it has been almost 7 months since his "New Ear" surgery. It was a quick appt. They took different pictures from different angles. Brennan doesn't have to wear tape on his arm anymore! AND... he probably won't need the "stage 2"/second surgery!!! It's such great news. Dr. Lewin said that we will see how his ears look as he gets older and we can decide then if we need to make any changes, but for now, it looks great and she doesn't think she will need to do any touch-ups!!! We are so excited!!! His right ear technically has stage 1 microtia so she couldn't match his new ear perfectly to it, so there will be a difference with both ears... but that's fine with us. We don't expect perfection. We just wanted to give him 2 ears and we are so very pleased with how it looks. We will just wait and see when he grows up if she can do anything "non-surgery" related that might help match his 2 ears better. Also, we don't have to have another appt. until 6 months from now (his 1 year surgery anniversary), then once a year after that. Here are a few picts from today...
This is one of his pictures from Febuary, 1 month before his surgery. Notice his "little ear"
I needed to pin some of his hair back for the pictues to show his ears better
He looks thrilled doesn't he? :)
And a picture with Dr. Lewin of course!!!
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers this past year. It's almost been 1 year since his first surgery. We are so thankful that his hearing has improved and his new ear is healing perfectly. We've had a tough year but seeing how well Brennan has done has been a huge encouragement to me and strengthened my hope! Thanks for taking part in our precious little guy's life!!!
Talk about spontaneous... I didn't even know that "Disney's Live Phineas and Ferb Show" was touring around here. I saw a post on facebook from a friend of their son waiting for the show to start. WHAT???... Phineas and Ferb??? Live show??? Brennan's FAVORITE show ever... I had to check it out. Joel got Brennan and I tickets for the next night's show! My mom watched Faith for us and I took Brennan for a surprise adventure! It was about an hour away and he had no idea where we were going. We wore our matching "Perry the Platypus" and were on our way!!!... in the theater with our matching shirts
He brought his Perry friend with us
Before the show, we grabbed a bite to eat... or should I say HUGE PIZZA!
Yeah, we were hungry :)
In the lobby waiting to go in... lots of people wearing Phineas and Ferb shirts... yet he still has no idea :)
Waiting for the show to start... now he thinks it's going to be a movie... ha ha
7th row... good seats!!!
I made a sign for him to hold up :)
Oh yeah!!! Brennan was in shock through the whole thing! He did his "Brennan Bounce" (jumping up and down shaking his arms in the air) the whole time
Perry (or as B still calls him "Kerry") and Dr. Doofenshmirtz
The characters were so funny :) They used a pre-recording of the voices etc... so everything was just like the actual show
After the show... happy boy!
Picture with his favorite character!
Right next to the stage
I'm so glad we were able to go and that it worked out so last minute. I even snuck in a few video clips so Brennan can rewatch a few of his favorite scenes over and over again!
Brennan had a field trip today with his Tuesday Preschool class at church. We took a train down to Union Station and did some shopping and sight seeing, then took the train back. Brennan LOVED it!!! Some of the boys waiting for the train
Lil Pnut got to tag along for the ride!
Family Pict while waiting for the train
Pict with daddy
There it is!
Waiting for it to stop
2nd level seating!
Here we go!!!
Excited to go!
Me and my cutie!
We're here! Time to get off!
All the kids!
Here we are!!!
The whole group!
Picking out a toy... he liked the monster trucks... but got what he really wanted... a guitar!!!