Little Bella has captured the hearts of our family and everyone that meets her. We want to share her story with all.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bella’s Life

Bell loves to play tea party with her sister!

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Exploring a local park

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Waiting for the General Surgeon.  We are finally getting around to fixing her hernia.  It just hasn’t been a priority.  It’s from one of her chest drain tubes.  We are scheduled for Dec 5th for tubes, hernia repair, and sedated ECHO.   Bella loves selfies!

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As a Kickstarter backer, Bella received a song Miss Rachel made of the Christmas story – she LOVES it!

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Truck or Treat at Brother’s school.  Bella is a bumblebee this year

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At the Church Trunk or Treat

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Lately in Bella’s World

She really likes to practice her violin.  She’s so cute.  It’s giant on her!

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School work coming home.

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The family went to a Retreat and she got to play in the sensory room at Brother’s school.  She loved the ball pit!  She’s tired in the last picture, but she loved her balloon!

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Bella got sick at school and had to come home.  Joy made her a get well card.

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Aunt Kathie sent a tea seat.  The girls loved it!  Aunt Asia sent this cute dress and boots.  So cute on Bella!

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Jessi, Brother, and Bella.  We were exploring our neighborhood.

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Another day, another tea party!

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Monday, October 13, 2014


Pulmonology went well.  He acted a little scared of Bell.  He knows her old Pulmonologist.  He does things a little differently.  Rather than just sitting around waiting for the next virus that lands us up in ICU, he’d rather her be on a couple of daily steroids to be proactive.  They are meds we had weaned from, so we’ll try that.  Especially with this new environment and a real winter coming!  I told him my philosophy of no hospital care and he told me his - get to the hospital, get stable, then recover at home, but he did tell me he was fine sending her home on O2.  So we’ll see.  It makes me nervous when Bella makes a doctor nervous.  They tend to overreact then.  We’ll give him a shoot and see how it goes.  I did like that they do have same day appointments.  So if I’m considering taking her in to the hospital, I could see him first.  That is nice and would never have happened in Houston.

Selfies helps us as we wait and wait and wait in doctor’s offices.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Doing Great!

Cardiology was great today!! They do things a bit differently here. We did the EKG and then spoke with the doctor. After that he did the ECHO himself while I held Bella in my lap. Yes, she fought me, but he was able to get it done! In Houston they had kicked us out of the ECHO lab and told us all future ECHOs would have to be sedated.  So I was thrilled he got the ECHO!  Results were great too! Valves are behaving, just mild leaks. Arterial pulmonary pressures are on the high end of normal - fantastic!!
Bella, my miracle girl!  Who would have thought that sick girl who was on the verge of death would be giving results like these!??! So excited as she continues to do so marvelously well!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


We meet our new ENT today.  The Audiologist attempted a hearing test.  That wasn’t happening.  But she was successful with getting her tympanograms.  Flat. Darn!  That means tubes.

Oh well.  We’ll use the time under and see if we can’t get that sedated ECHO pulmonary wanted and get her hernia repaired.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Life and the Center for Courageous Kids

Playing outside with sister

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Have I mentioned her bus ride and how I feel about it?

Bella’s school had a Gallop A Thon.  Bella doesn’t know what that means, but she got a new shirt (and it’s not a uniform shirt!)

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Little Miss picked up ringworm somewhere, so off to the doctor we went.  She wanted to sign herself in!

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More play time with sister

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Mama is getting ready for this strange concept, winter!  At least Bella gets to play with the boxes!

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Blood work was required for her physical.  She was happy to wait, but so not happy (one Mama and two nurses plus two child life specialists) to give her blood.  Her results were fantastic though!

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French fries to cheer us up!  She’s not sure they are worth it! :)

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For the weekend our family went to Center for Courageous Kids.  Our family was assigned two helpers, Miss Amy and Miss Shanna.  She loved them.  We had so much fun! She loved the music and the horses!

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On the way home from camp, we stopped at Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace.  They have a lovely National Monument there celebrating his life and accomplishments.  They also have a boardwalk so people in wheelchairs can see everything too! We were grateful for that!

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