Sunday, July 5, 2009

He's 1!






What can I say other than this last year has been full of fear, joy, saddness, love, helplessness, and inspiration.

It seems so long ago that Kelsey gave birth to Mason and he underwent his first open heart surgery. It even seems like a long time since he had his 2nd one was done in January. Kelsey and I have been so blessed with the child God has given us. Every day he brings joy (and sometimes a little frustration) into our lives. It was a year ago today that Mason had his chest sewn up from his first sugery. And a year later he took his first steps!! That's right, Mason walked from me to Kelsey today, we were about five feet apart or so. Mason's therapist would rather he not walk yet because it's better for him to crawl for a good 3-4 months first, but we were still excited to see it. When you have a child with a condition like his you tend to get those thoughts in the back of your mind whether he will be able to do certain things. So when he reaches milestones such as crawling, walking, talking, etc., it is tear jerking.

Mason's 1st birthday party was a lot of fun. Thank you so much to those of you who came out to celebrate and for all the gifts he was given. Our family is so lucky to have such wonderful friends and relatives.

Fittingly, Mason stole the show at the party with his birthday cake. I know kids tend to get messy on their first birthday, but I didn't know they got as messy as Mason did...you can see by the pictures Mom had quite the chore in getting him cleaned up. I think I heard people saying he looked like a smurf, someone from the Blue Man Group, and William Wallace. Anyway, it was a lot of fun and Kelsey and I will never forget it.

Please enjoy the pictures. I threw a couple in there of me tossing him in the air...all the mom's out there LOVE those ones.

God Bless!

Greg, Kelsey & Mason

Monday, January 19, 2009

We're Home

Finally, Mason has been able to go #2 as well keep his formula down. Those were the two biggest reasons why we spent an extra day or two at the hospital. Spending seven days at the hospital recovering from this operation isn't out of the norm. In fact, that's more like the average. However, Mason would have been all set to go on Saturday if it weren't for those two issues. Anyway, not that it really matters, Kelsey and I are just happy that we have him home and he can finish recovering here.

Thanks again for all your prayers and support while we were at the hospital. We are excited to watch Mason improve each day see him overcome the obstacles thus far in his life.

God Bless,

Greg, Kelsey & Mason

Friday, January 16, 2009

Every day Mason is making great steps forward:
-His chest tubes are out
-His IV medications have all been switched to oral medications
-He has been taken off all narcotics
-His head aches and pain are controlled
-His swelling has gone done
-He is much more alert

But he is still struggling with the one thing he used to love to do before surgery... EATING!
He has not yet re-gained his appetite. He is just not interested.
This is the last hurdle we will need to overcome before going home. He needs to be able to take in food and have appropriate bowel movements. Defiantly not something I thought that he would ever struggle with.

Greg and I are both looking forward to seeing Mason smile again for the first time after surgery... We try hard every day but he is just to grumpy at the moment to think we are funny!

This is how we are spending our days counting the ounces in and the ounces out hoping that they balance and we get the okay to break out of here!!!

Thanks for all the love and support-

Greg, Kelsey and Mason

(As soon as we get home we will post pictures)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Making Progress

Greetings from Seattle Children's,

We are happy to inform everyone that Mason is doing very well and has been moved out of ICU and over to, "the floor." This is a good sign that he is recovering on schedule and should be just a few days away from going home. He orginally had three or four I.V.'s in and is now down to one, which included the removal of the main one in his neck. Kelsey and I were looking forward to that one being removed. He still has two drainage tubes in his chest which we would like to have had out already but the Dr.'s are being cautious because he drained a little more blood than normal his first day after surgery. The plan is to have those taken out tomorrow which will make him feel even better.

He is waking up on occasion but isn't quite up for smiling yet...understandably. Kelsey and I just want to hold him and make him feel better but unfortunately he seems to become more uncomfortable when we do, so we try not to be too selfish and just let him relax in his bed until he is feeling better.

The plan now is to have his chest tubes removed and getting him to take all his medications by mouth, as well as getting some of the swelling in his body to go down. Once all that happens and he is feeling better overall we will get to take him home.

Kelsey and I (Mason too I'm sure) are so glad his second surgery is over. We were thinking this one would be a lot harder than the first but it's actually been a bit easier. Mostly because of the incredible staff here at Children's and the confidence we have that Mason is in good hands. We are also comforted by the fact that God has been hearing all the prayers and has been answering them as he continues to make good progress and recover on schedule. I cannot emphasize enough that this journey would be near impossible without the prayers from loved ones, the support from family and friends, and a God that watches over our boy and his parents.

Thank you for keeping tabs...God bless and we'll see you all soon!!

Greg, Kelsey and Mason

Monday, January 12, 2009

Surgery Update

Mason second surgery is over with and the doctors say it went very well. He is currently in ICU and is recovering. Our hope is that he is out of ICU tomorrow or Wednesday and moved to "the floor" to finish recovery and be discharged for home this weekend.

I know you all have been keeping Mason in your prayers and Kelsey and I are so grateful for that. Please continue to pray for a speedy recovery and healing with no set backs. We look forward to coming home this weekend and seeing all of our friends and family.

Thank you again for everything, can't wait to be home!!

Greg, Kelsey and Mason

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Round 2

Well, the date is finally here and Mason is set for his second of three surgeries. Actually, we thinks he's set...the past coupld days he has spit up his formula on occasion. We're not exactly sure why, he doesn't have a fever and he seems normal otherwise. So, there is a small chance the surgery can get postponed, and in that occurence I would post that information and let you know.

However, we are moving forward as if everything is going to be on schedule and Mason will be recvering this time tomorrow. We have been told to prepare to be in the hospital for up to two weeks...although we are believing and praying for the following weekend, which would have him in the hospital just short of one week.

Thank you for all your prayers and support, I know we have said this a hundred times but this situation has been much easier to handle because of the support we get from our friends and family.

We look forward to bringing Mason home next weekend as well as seeing you all soon.

God Bless,

Greg, Kelsey & Mason
 
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