Friday, February 15, 2008

Our Day at Children's

Hello all,

Kelsey and I spent the morning at Children's Hopsital in Seattle today, what a place! They sure do a good job of trying to make the kids feel comfortable...part of me didn't even feel like I was at a hospital.

We met with a Cardiologist, Dr. Vernon, and a Paranaetologist, Dr. Holmgren (yes, Mike Holmgren's daughter). Both of them were very nice and extremely informational. Dr. Vernon did confirm that Mason has HLHS and is a candidate for the Fontan Operations, which are the three stage surgeries he will have to go through to get his heart working as normal as possible. Kelsey and I have been talking about where we would want to do the surgeries in case we weren't comfortable with Seattle Children's. We knew going in that Children's in Seattle is one of the premeir hospitals in the country, but weren't sure how they were compared to other hospital's like University of Michigan with this particular heart disease. I'm glad to say that we were very pleased with the entire staff we dealt with and also place a lot of value in the fact that they're 45 minutes down the road. I don't forsee us going elsewhere to do the operations.

We would like to thank you again for your continued prayers and support over the past week or two. It's amazing how two people's lives can be changed and turned upside down in an instant. I couldn't imagine going through this without the support surrounding Kelsey and me. From our faith, friends, family, church and doctors we have everything we need to get through this. And when Mason gets here, he'll have all the love and support he needs as well.

Thanks again for everything and please continue your prayers, they are helping so much.

God Bless,

Greg & Kelsey Garka

Monday, February 11, 2008

Some GOOD news!!


Friends,

THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of prayers and words of support that we have been receiving from all of you. It means so much to us that each one of you would take the time to think about us and our son and include us in your thoughts and prayers. Without the support of friends and family like you all, I don't know how a couple could make it through such a nightmare. Thank you again, I pray many blessings for each of you for your relentless support.

Well, as you can see by the title we've decided to officially give him a name. Since we'll be sending updates on his health we figured a name is a lot easier than calling him our "unborn son."

Kelsey and I finally got some good news today from the doctor. The three chromosomes tested came back normal but we'll have to wait until the end of next week for the results on the other 23. However, the three that were test were the ones most likely to be abnormal with this heart ailment.

Kelsey and I believe this is the beginning of good news from here on out. God has certainly humbled us and we have focused are attention entirely on Him and our son. We look forward to more positive news as God keeps his hand on our son and heals him of this heart defect.

Please continue to pray. While most of this update if filled with good news we are definitely not out of the woods yet. Very soon we will get to introduce Mason to the world thanks to an incredible Savior and the overwhelming support and prayers of you all.

God Bless all of you,

Greg and Kelsey

Mason Gregory Garka UPDATE!!

Friends,

It is hard to reach out to everybody and let them know that our unborn son has been diagnosed with a heart defect which is obviously putting Kelsey and me through some very hard times. I'm hoping this reaches all of you so I can keep you updated.

Our son has been diagnosed with what's called Endocardial Fibro-Elastosis, which in our language means one of the chambers in his heart isn's able to pump blood properly. Because of this Kelsey had to undergo a couple tests for abnormal chromosomes in which we get the results back on Monday. If our son has abnormal chromosomes this means the likelyhood of him surviving are very slim, whether that occrurs before or after birth we don't know. However, if they are normal his heart defect will turn into what's called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrom or HLHS. 20 years ago a child could not survive with HLHS but now there are surgeries that can be done to increase the chance of survival. After he is born he would have to go into surgury and the doctors would re-wire his heart so the right side does all the left side's work.

Anyway, all this means is that we are desperately hoping for a positive result on Monday and we believe God will answer our prayers and those who having been praying for us and provide us with such. We are deeply grateful for all your support and prayers and ask you to continue doing so if you have a normal prayer routine.

Kelsey and I will be just fine as we fight through this difficult time. Things like this would not happen if those that bare the burden could not handle it. Our marriage is strong and grows stronger though times like these. Our Father has blessed us plenty in our life and we believe there are many more blessings to come, including many blessings that come out of times like this.

I thank you again for your thoughts and prayers and will keep you posted as often as I can. Please know that this is a very difficult thing to talk about and that it may take a couple days before we are able to openly discuss it in conversation. However, feel free to comment to this bulletin or send an email if you'd like.

Thank you and God Bless.

Greg and Kelsey Garka
 
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