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She has an mri tomorrow to check for a "tethered spine". I am unsure what exactly that means but it can't be good.

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Everyone,

 

It has taken me a couple of days to gather myself and

catch up on sleep before I could write this. I

actually slept 18 hours yesterday which might be a

personal best. Anyhow, both of my girls are fine.

Friday Momma P went into contractions and checked herself

into St. Michael's hospital here in Texarkana. The

docs treated Momma P and were able to get the contractions

to subside. I suggested that we remain in the hospital

overnight. This is not my first rodeo and I know how

fast things can turn south, which they ultimately did.

The contractions started back hard and heavy around

midnight Saturday morning. The staff deemed it

inevitable that the baby would soon be born even

though it was five weeks too early. After some

indecision by the UAMS staff about whether there was a

room available (we almost went to Shreveport) Momma P was

ultimately airlifted via helicopter to Little Rock.

The contractions came and went all night and around

9am Momma P got sick and her kidneys and liver

effectively shut down. The docs told us they would be

taking the baby shortly.

 

Well about 11:30 the c-section was complete momma was

doing good. The tumor on the baby was far larger than

expected however. It was about the size of a volleyball

and weighed nearly 4 pounds. It was the most

horrifying thing I have ever seen no matter who's kid

it was on. The doc's still seemed confident everything

would work out ok although baby might need significant

skin grafts and would probably suffer some muscle and

bone damage as it appeared to envelope much of her

lower body. The baby was then transferred to Arkansas

Children's Hospital in Little Rock about 45 minutes

after birth.

 

Monday morning the doc's were preparing for surgery

and did performed several HOURS of ultrasounds on the

baby. It was ultimately decided that the tumor was

only attached at the tail bone and on a tiny spot near

her right hip. To make a long story short the tissues

attaching the tumor to her body were removed and the

tumor just more or less fell off of her body leaving

everything in place. Other than a couple of scars on

her buttocks there is zero damage to her. All of her

skin, bones, and muscles are PERFECT. Both surgeons

said that is was impossible for the tumor to be that

large and leave so little damage. Her lungs are doing

well and we expect to get her home well before July 1.

 

Momma P, P Jr. and I were able to leave Little Rock

Wednesday and we got home that night. It was really

tough leaving a little one up there. We basically

slept all day yesterday and most of today. I apologize

for taking so long to get the good news but I have

been physically and emotionally wiped out. I doubt I

slept 5 hours Friday-Tuesday so I am trying to catch

up.

 

I appreciate your thoughts, prayers, and support more

than I can ever say. This is easily the most horrible

experience of my life but I do believe all will be

well now.

 

God Bless,

 

The P family

 

 

Great news P! You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

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She has an mri tomorrow to check for a "tethered spine". I am unsure what exactly that means but it can't be good.

 

 

Tethered spine is when the spinal cord attaches itself to something immovable, like bone in the spinal column. It's something that occurs most frequently with babies born with spina bifida. They have surgery that can minimize the effects if it's present, but mostly this sounds like a precautionary step to check and see. Probably will continue to monitor it as she grows. Continued great blessings!

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Great to hear everything is going so well Polk. People can say what they want about Arkansas, but we have a damn fine children's hospital.

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Tethered spine is when the spinal cord attaches itself to something immovable, like bone in the spinal column. It's something that occurs most frequently with babies born with spina bifida. They have surgery that can minimize the effects if it's present, but mostly this sounds like a precautionary step to check and see. Probably will continue to monitor it as she grows.

 

Good info here.

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To make a long story short the tissues

attaching the tumor to her body were removed and the

tumor just more or less fell off of her body leaving

everything in place. Other than a couple of scars on

her buttocks there is zero damage to her. All of her

skin, bones, and muscles are PERFECT. Both surgeons

said that is was impossible for the tumor to be that

large and leave so little damage. Her lungs are doing

well and we expect to get her home well before July 1.

 

 

 

I can honestly say this is the best news I've heard in a long time. Congrats for this! Me and Mrs. Cliaz both sending thank you prayers tonight for this miracle.

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I can honestly say this is the best news I've heard in a long time. Congrats for this! Me and Mrs. Cliaz both sending thank you prayers tonight for this miracle.

 

+1. To think about what you prepare yourself for when something like this happens, it truly is a miracle best case scenario.

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How did the mri turn out? I hope it went well.

 

 

ALL CLEAR

 

results just in

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Thank goodness polk ...continues prayers and blessings to you all

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ALL CLEAR

 

results just in

 

I smiled and got goosebumps when I read this. (seriously)

 

I am very very happy for you.

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Wow. Guess I should check in more often. Sorry you and yours had to go through all that Polk, but very glad to hear things are better than planned! :D

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I'm a cynical bastage... but I'm really feeling your joy Polk. This is amazing. I'm really happy for you and your family.

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Incredible Journey you and the Family have been through.......you are some strong people....God bless and get some sleep........ :D

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Continued Prayers for continued great updates..All the best Polk :D

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:D

 

What a story you will have for your daughter.

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Great to hear the latest news. What a sweet little baby. I'm sure you are so proud of her. :D

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Great to hear the latest news. What a sweet little baby. I'm sure you are so proud of her. :D

 

 

I am very blessed. Soon I will be planting one of these http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poncirus under her window.

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