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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

feeling like I can breathe again

Travis had surgery yesterday, 30 March 2015. I was terrified, but confident in the medical team taking care of my son.

The moment we showed up to the APU, our boy got attention. So many wanted to play him. He didnt get to eat for 7 hours by the time he went back to surgery and he was not happy. The pediatric anesthesia doctors "argued" on who would get to hold Travis to take him back- they both wanted to snuggle him. A random nurse popped in and said "i have nothing to do with his case- i just wanted to say hi because he is so cute". Made me and john smile seeing our boy make so many other smile so early in the morning.

They took him back and my cousin Patti showed up just in time to join us for breakfast. My parents showed up not long after- and the my husband parents and my big kid (Easten). Not long after our little boy was already out of the OR and heading to PICU.

We rushed to the PICU to put eyes on our boy. He was crying and have IVs and stuff everywhere. He was given morphine amd tylenol and it didnt help- later that night they switched his meds and he finally stopped screaming out in pain.

My friend Jen said the PICU staff would be wonderful- and boy was she right! We had great nurses- who werent afraid to give john crap right back :-)

This morning we woke up and our little guy was feeling ten times better- and the surgeon said he did wonderfully! The surgeon gave us her cell phone number and said to call with any questions :-) amazing care!! never felt so comfortable walking away from my baby for a few minutes ♡

Now I sit here and smile at my precious baby and Praise God for his grace :-)  we are on the "other side".

The swelling is going down and he is sleeping wonderfully and eating well. We are counting our blessings ♡

To pay it forward we are asking friends and family to purchase a tshirt in Travis' name. All proceeds will be donated to :-)

Follow that link to purchase a tshirt ♡

#teamtravis #craniowarrior #craniosynostosis

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

He Won't Break- Cranio Awareness

On March 30, 2015 our son Travis will be having surgery. This will be the 6th surgery between our two boys- it is the first time for our Travis though.

We want everyone to know that Travis will not break. You may come to visit after the surgery. You can call us if YOU need anything. Just because our son is having an important surgery doesn't mean we can't be there for you. So many are afraid to come around, but let me tell you something... TRAVIS WILL NOT BREAK. MY FAMILY IS OK. You can still be our friend, just because we have an angel baby doesn't mean you have to tip-toe around us. Yes we have a lot going on, but since when is life not crazy busy?

click those links and educate yourself. Travis has Left Coronal Synostosis (craniosynostosis) He will be in a DOC Band (helmet) until he is a year old.

We are nervous about this surgery, but in our hearts we know that he will be ok. Easten says that he will give Travis a bandaide and he will be all better. If only things were as simple as that.

As I type this I am thinking of my boys and my husband- and how much I love them. I wouldn't trade any of my boys for the world. Everything life can throw at my family is welcome- because we can overcome anything. We are strong and we have faith that God will guide us when we find it hard to keep going.

Hold your loved ones close. Snuggle your children, love your spouse, and on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 0730 says prayers for our family- for the surgeons- for the anesthesiologist- for the nurses- for the technicians- and for the blood bank.

#teamtravis #craniowarrior #laurenruns4me #superEasten