Finley has recently discovered that she can ‘google’ herself and has found articles, photos and this blog. It is crazy to be at this point in our journey, 10 years plus down the road where she is now reading about herself and commenting that her blog author had gotten lazy.
We had labs and clinic last week and she asked me to write an update to her blog. Finley is still followed pretty closely due to two abnormalities in her anatomy. The bile duct that remains slightly outside of normal range, which is something they just want to watch in case it were to start to grow. It has remained stable for 10 years now, so this is not something that worries me. Then there is a clot in her IVC. I try not to think about that one too much. It is mobile, but firmly attached inside her vein on one side, but moves like a valve. But there are no valves in your IVC, so..there’s that. Hematology has been brought in a few times to consult and this time they even asked the Vascular doctors to weigh in, and they are not concerned. It has remained unchanged for 6+ years, so they do not believe there is a risk of it dislodging. So, I put this in the category of things I should not think about too much and just pray that God will keep that flappy little clot in place firmly forever.
If I’ve learned one thing over the past decade, it’s that I’m not in control. There is a list of things that could always happen – but usually it’s the things not even on your radar that smack you in the face. So, it’s best to just open your hands and release it all to a God that is in control. 10 years ago today, we were back in the hospital because Finley had reherniated. 12.28.10 I didn’t see that coming. Everything seemed fine. We had just celebrated our first Christmas as a family of 4 and things were good. Then the morning of 12/29, SMACK.
But, God had us.
That is the story again and again.
So in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, we do what we can to stay healthy and safe. The things that are within my control, I will do. I will be careful. It’s pretty similar to how we lived the first two years of her life. We limited our circle, we didn’t go out much, and were very careful about germs. But I will not live in fear. Just doing what I can to keep us safe, and the rest is up to God.
Finley is a happy, healthy 10 year old. She loves gymnastics. We opted to do official homeschooling this year with SonLight curriculum, and all things considered, it’s been a great fit. The blessing of this year has been more time together. I will remain ever thankful for the gift of both my daughters. Even when they are driving me bonkers.
Finley wanted to say a few words this time, I will let her close…
FINLEY: hello folks. I’m Finley, but I go by fifi da bomb in the house. (Yes- that is her self appointed nickname) I’m doing great these days. Yepperdoodles. Buh bye!!