Myra's surgery was successful!!!!! It was supposed to be a 4 hour surgery, and it only took 1 1/2 hours. They were able to shrink the cyst and remove it all with the scope. The surgeons were beyond please with how everything went! She is in recovery right now and doing fine. We serve an awesome God! My family wants to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this time....they were truly felt! All praise, honor and glory to our Maker!
I'd like to introduce you to my sweet niece Myra.
Isn't she the cutest thing you ever did see??
She's been compared to Cindy Lou Who on the Grinch :)
She is 14 months old.
A couple months ago she was visiting her doctor for her 1 yr. physical. She had been fighting a small cold and ear junk - you know, the typical winter stuff. Her chest was also a little rattly. So her doctor, just to be safe, ordered a chest x-ray to make sure there was no pnemonia.
The x-ray revealed no pnemonia, thank God, but did show a very large mass in her chest cavity. This was shocking of course! And scary. What is it? It could be a number of things - but the most likely thing being a cyst.
The worst thing being, of course, cancer.
I saw the x-ray and couldn't beleive it. This is a very impressive mass. It looks huge in her little chest.
My sister was scared, very scared. As any mama would be.
So an ultrasound was ordered to find out exactly what it was.
It revealed that it was in fact a fluid-filled cyst, another Thank you God!, but it was in a very threatening location in her chest. It was pressing up against her vena cava (major artery), and also her trachea. You could actually see a curvature in her trachea on the x-ray.
So, what next? Well, the doctors agreed that the cyst had to come out. So they referred Myra to the surgeons at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI.
Mike & Sue met with the surgeons last week Tuesday (12th), and were very encouraged, but also very nervous. This was going to be quite an extensive surgery. It will take 2 surgeons, and may take up to 4 hours. They will try to remove it laproscopically, but may not be able to, which would therefore result in a major surgery. It all depends on how large the cyst really is, and if they are able to remove it through those tiny incisions. She will most likely be in the hospital for up to 4 days. Poor little babe.
Her surgery is scheduled for this Wednesday, January 20 at 9:15 a.m.
Would you join me in prayer for Myra? And Mike & Sue?
Here's some specific requests....
1. Pray that Myra stays healthy this week, so they can go ahead with surgery as planned.
2. Pray for peace of mind for Mike and Sue - for them to feel God's presence and comfort surrounding them.
3. Pray for Madelyn, Maggie, Mabel and Elijah (older siblings) as they stay with family while their parents are at the hospital with Myra.
4. Pray for the surgeons who operate on Myra - that they may have steady hands, and perform a successful surgery.
5. Pray that the cyst isn't attached to anything, and that they are able to remove it laproscopically.
6. Pray for Myra after the surgery - that she can remain calm, and that her recovery is quick.
Some things to be thankful to God for:
1. That Myra's doctor (an amazing Christian woman and wonderful friend) just happened to order that x-ray
2. That this was not cancer
3. Expert surgeons whom God gave the ability to perform this surgery
4. Wonderful and caring family and friends who are helping during this time
Thank you so much! Being a part of the family of God is a wonderful thing!
I will post an update as soon as I can.