Can you support CaringBridge during our fall giving campaign? Generous donors like you ensure that CaringBridge remains ad-free, private and protected.
Sep 13, 2020 Latest post:
Sep 23, 2020
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
So Brielle’s story started just one short month ago on August 12. This year we switched pediatricians and our new doctor took one look at her back and said we need to get an x-ray sometime quickly. We were planning a trip to Colorado on that Friday for 10 days but I promised her that we would get it done as soon as we returned. Well that wasn’t going to work for her and she needed it done the next day without question. So we arrived at Delnor at 7 AM on Wednesday morning. Truthfully I wasn’t worried at all. I knew she had a slight curvature but I didn’t think it was any big deal. The x-ray popped up on the screen and I just about passed out! She didn’t have just a curve… She had the S engraved in her spine!!
I didn’t waste any time waiting for a diagnosis. Instead I called Childrens Hospital in Chicago and started looking for a doctor. Luckily they were able to pull up Brielle’s x-ray immediately. The Woman who answered the phone instantly put me on hold after pulling up Brielle’s images. When she finally returned after what seemed like an hour, she had an appointment for me on the Wednesday after we returned from Colorado with Dr. Grayhack. I later found out that Dr. Grayhack did not have any appointments open until December but due to the severe nature of Brielle’s curvature we were immediately added to his schedule. Praise God for working that situation to our advantage!
We had our appointment with Dr. Greyhack. and immediately felt a complete sense of confidence in him. He is like the grandpa but I never had but with the knowledge and reputation of a world renowned doctor. Apparently patients travel from all over the United States to come to him for scoliosis surgery. That was good news!
There are a bunch of other details that I am going to cut short. Our surgery is now scheduled for this Tuesday at Childrens Hospital in Chicago at 6:30 AM. She will spend three and possibly four nights in the hospital and she will be climbing stairs before she comes home!
For now our prayers are that she stays completely healthy until Tuesday and that the surgery happens without any incident. She is not in any pain at all nor would you ever suspect that anything is wrong. This is very normal for scoliosis patients. If this situation is left untreated, her back would continue to curve and eventually it would cause all sorts of problems with breathing, moving, and normal body functions.
We will keep you posted as surgery progresses on Tuesday. Thank you to everyone for all of your prayers and support!