I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

Surgery Update 3/27/13

Carter's surgery went well. They broke his pelvic bone in four places and put him in external fixators(rods that are screwed on one end to his pelvic bone and the other on the outside body so it can be manipulated in the direction they want his pelvis to heal) traction(weights holding his legs to the end of the bed) and his legs are splinted and wrapped up to his thighs. They did have problems placing his PICC line, but thankfully they were able to get it in. The main problem today has been pain control. They decided to see how he could tolerate going to a monitored floor and being followed closely by the pain team. He has a PCA pump with morphine. It has a continuous dose, meaning he is constantly getting a little bit and then I can push it every 10 minutes to give him more if he needs it. He is also getting Valium every 4 hours and Stadol every 4 hours. We have only had a few times today that he had tried to get up and move. Once they gave him the Valium or Stadol he went right back to sleep. Hopefully, these medications will still work as the anathesia wears off. If not Carter will have to be transferred to PICU and placed on a ventilator. I have been surprised that he has been allowed to have as much sedation as he has today and not had to be admitted to the PICU. We are on a monitored floor and a nurse comes in every 2 hours to check him. The plan for tonight is for Brandon and I to take shifts sitting at his bedside, making sure he doesn't wake up or try to move. It is crucial that he stays completely flat on his back and completely still right now. If he moves, he could shift his traction which could damage his pelvic bone and lead to another surgery.

Brandon and I are so thankful for all of your prayers. We honestly could not do this without them. Keep them coming! As always.. To Him be the Glory!!!

Even sedated he wants one of us right by his side holding his hand.

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26


  1. Bless all of you. I know this is going to be a very trying time for all of you. We'll especially be praying for peace and comfort for Carter. That little fella is an awesome testimony to anyone that comes in contact with him. Of course, he has two wonderful parents too. May God give you all rest tonight.
    Mack & Dee Kennedy

  2. I know that I have never met your sweet boy, but he is in my thoughts almost every day. Its difficult to see the forest because of all the trees, but there will be a time to reflect on the overwhelming little life he has had. One of these days, you, Brandon, and Carter will be able to look back and say, "Look at this miraculous journey we have traveled!". I am looking forward to that day for your family. That will be an amazing time! I hope that all remains well and that Carter has a speedy recovery. Stay strong and positive, my thought are with you. -Danielle Buck

  3. I know this is going to be a difficult journey but what you have chose to give your son is immeasurable. We are all praying for him and you and your husband. God is with you every step.

  4. I have been thinking about you all so much and following on facebook. I will continue to pray for you all. What is the next step?

  5. I am praying for God to give you strength for all that he has given you to bare. Remember--and I know you do--that his Grace is sufficient for whatever he gives you to do. I am also praying that your little son will be healed really soon and that in the meantime he will be virtually pain free and anxiety free. Cris White

  6. Continue to think of you all and wish for as little pain for Carter as possible. Many prayers for you all. By the way, the kids at Stonebridge were talking about sweet Carter and my son was saying special prayers for him.

    take care.

  7. We will continue to think of you and your family! We hope Carter is healthy and happy! Sending happy thoughts to your family!