Sunday, May 3, 2009

Day 1: Medpor Surgery-California

We arrived early this morning in Long Beach, California. We had an early flight and had no trouble getting seats on standby. As soon as we landed we called Dr. Lewin to let her know we had arrived. She wanted to meet with us the day before the surgery. She met us at a local hotel in the area and went over the surgery and what to expect. She reviewed all the risks associated with the surgery and answered any last minute questions we had. It will be a long day tomorrow for her and us. The surgery is expected to last approximately 8 hours and we have to be at the hospital at 6 AM. I will be taking our laptop with us and I will be updating the blog with the latest news. We are very confident in Dr. Lewin and she leaves nothing to chance. She is very thorough and wants everything to be perfect. We really appreciate her skills and her compassion.

Afterwards, we went to have breakfast and hang out at the ocean in Manhattan Beach. Around noon, the weather started turning really warm. We had a good time and I think it was Lauren's first time playing in the water. We built sand castles, checked out the local aquarium, and just took in the sun.

Later in the afternoon, we checked into our room in Anaheim. The room is very nice and we got a great deal. Thanks Priceline!! We are very close to Disneyland and we hope that after a few days of recovery, we will be able to take Lauren to the "Happiest Place on Earth." We had a nice dinner at the Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant and came back to hit the pool.

While we were soaking in the hot tub, I got a chance to watch just how strong Lauren has been in this journey so far. As we were in the hot tub, three younger girls came and sat down next to Lauren. They were all older than her but varied in ages. Because Lauren's hair was wet, the girls noticed her birth defect right away. They couldn't help to look. I didn't feel like they were being cruel, but rather they were just curious. What affected me the most was that Lauren didn't shy away or act insecure in any way. She just looked at them as if she was trying to say hello and be their friend. All I kept thinking about was after tomorrow, she wouldn't have to endure the casual looks or answer questions about her condition. She knows why she is here and she isn't afraid. If you ask her why we are here in California, she says that she is going to see the Doctor to make her little ear grow. Although she still has a ways to go, she has been a trooper through everything and I don't see her changing in the future.

1 comment:

Ryan n Heather said...

What a strong spirit! I hope she does get to go to Disneyland...she deserves it! Good luck with the surgery again!