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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Our day in St. Louis & Surgery Details!


After a lazy morning sipping coffee,
we decided to get dressed and hit the pavement again!




We were all craving the energy that St. Louis has to offer.
We needed it to distract us.
And it did not let us down!




We stopped at a little bistro and ate a fabulous lunch.
Sidewalk dining is becoming a favorite in this family.




So sweet.
I can never get enough.




After lunch,
we continued to get lost in the hustle and bustle of city life.

And before we knew it,
it was time to head over to see Dr. Dobbs, the Orthopedic Surgeon that will perform Cliff’s surgery tomorrow.




After the long walk through the never-ending crosswalks and hallways that connect our hotel to the hospital, we were finally in the “sacred area” known as Children’s Hospital.



The Boy knows that this is the place where Dr Park “fixed his legs”
and I am pretty sure he loves these hallways just as much as Ross and I do.




The smell, the lighting, the smiles on children’s faces that we pass in the halls who are going through things at such a young age that most of us will never face in our lifetime all bring back the feeling of hope that was given to us here.




This is where we heard THOSE words that would change our outlook on Cliff’s future.

You know them,

“Cliff WILL walk independently!”

No one else has EVER said that to us and right here,

we were given the gift of hope.

In this place,
hope filled our hearts and there was no room left for despair.




After going over some information with Michelle, the nurse,
Dr. Dobbs came in the room and began to check Cliff out.

Cliff was calm and said “Hey man!” when Dr. Dobbs walked into the room.

Dr. Dobbs is comfortable, we felt as if we had known him our entire lives.

What can I say, The Boy knows an excellent surgeon when he sees one!




Dr. Dobbs said that Cliff’s heel cords had good range of motion and that they did not need lengthening done! He did tell us that Cliff will most likely need a heel cord release sometime in the future as he grows, but we will just monitor his range of motion as he gets bigger. He said that Cliff’s hamstrings were what is causing him to walk on his toes. So, in the morning (at 7:15am CST to be exact) he will make a very small incision on the backs of Cliff’s legs, above his knees and perform a Bilateral Hamstring Release.
We are thrilled because this is the most minimally invasive route possible and Cliff is the perfect candidate for this procedure!




Then after going over some post-op details,
Dr. Dobbs looked at us and said

“I am EXTREMEMLY optimistic that Cliff will walk independently…
and you should be too!”

I just about tackled him and plastered kisses all over his face right there.


We heard THOSE words again,
and this time was just as sweet and wonderful as the first time.


Cliff is very calm and even seems to be a little excited about tomorrow.

He informed us as dinner tonight that
“Dr. Park fixed my legs and Dr. Dobbs is going to help me walk with flat feet!”


Please continue to pray for Cliff.

Please say a prayer for Dr. Dobbs and the wonderful medical team that will be in the operating room with Cliff tomorrow morning.

Please pray that Ross and I remain strong so that we can comfort Cliff.


"He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted."

Job 9:10


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