Thank you so much to Melissa Mecija and 10 News San Diego for running this article about Isaac and his Celebration!
Aw!!!!!!! My sweet little guy’s 2nd Birthday party and fundraiser. Thank you to everyone who follows our journey and supports Isaac in this fight!
With Isaac’s birthday falling the day after Thanksgiving this year, we aren’t planning a huge party, but instead I think we will plan a bash to celebrate his 7th year, month and day. So watch for a celebration beginning of June! And if you have little ways to commemorate his actual 7th Birthday in two weeks, please share!!!! I am absolutely over the moon that our miracle child keeps writing his own story and I’m a little sad not to have a big party. Plus, Isaac is having surgery on December 5th to remove the plates in his hips and lengthen his adductors, sooo there is that…
We just finished a round of updates with the doctors. Pleased to share that most doctors are happy with his health and that his brain MRI shows no further deterioration compared to 2 years ago. We know that cognitively he appears to be making some gains. It is amazing to see how aware he can be in moments of time. We also saw the spine doctor and had no further increase in his scoliosis compared to 3 months ago. This is important because rod placement has become a possible major surgery in Isaac’s future that we wish to avoid. We credit getting back to see Margie, Isaac’s Anat Baniel therapist, more massage and stretching and wearing a brace as tolerated with this win. The following films compare Isaac’s scoliosis without and with the brace as well the kyphosis without and with. The assistance with the kyphosis is significant!
Where have we been? Months and months without a post? My apologies! Please enjoy Isaac’s Halloween fun!
Isaac helped make his truck. Cardboard, duct tape, spray paint, construction paper, aluminum foil. Amazing what you can make at home!love visiting Dr. Steve and getting checked before a busy evening!Visiting our local Fire Department. They were busy so no picture with a big truck today.
Thank you prayer warriors for covering Isaac and our family in prayer and belief for quick healing and a very successful surgery. Today it was posted on his MyChart exactly what he is having (I’ve been calling it hip construction): Acetabuloplasty, Capsulorrhaphy Hip, Lengthening Adductor Open, Lengthening Distal Hamstring, Varus Derotational Osteomy Hip, Spica Cast Application.
There is a reason they will be in the OR for hours.
This is a quality of life surgery. We believe in giving Isaac the best as long as we can. We want him to enjoy being up and about, not fade away in a hospital bed if we can help it. Currently he has major hip dysplasia which if left alone will deteriorate into arthritis, pain and inability to use his standing frame or sit in wheelchairs/other seats. It could become so bad that he would need a “salvage operation” in order to keep up with his bottom care. That isn’t what he wants. He has told us in his smiles in the breeze, and joy in listening to the children at the park, and perked up look at the beach that he wants to get out and about forever and always! He likes to travel. Like going to Orlando last month for our annual NTSAD conference and some Disney fun (which I will share pictures of here. I promise!).
We check in at 5:30 am and surgery begins at 7:30 am. Please Thank God for the technology and intelligent medical team that will care for Isaac and fix his hips. Thank God for Isaac’s strong mind and brain that will remain free of seizure activity and clear the anesthesia in a brisk manner. Thank our Lord for strong lungs that will tolerate a number of hours under anesthesia and intubated unphased. Thank Jesus great pain control and quick and proper healing of Isaac’s hips and a reversal in his current scoliosis. All prayers, healing energy, good vibes and hugs and kisses much appreciated!
Happy February everyone! We hope your January has been a beautiful start to the new year! Isaac has had a great start to his year and we appreciate the love and prayers keeping him happy and healthy!
Isaac has the best new teacher in our new school district. It’s like she was handpicked for him! She’s in love with him already and we adore her! She advocates for him, is teaching him to color and does age appropriate projects with him! Yay! We also are pretty excited about some of the other ancilliary staff he gets to work with through the district. School continues to be in the home due to his immune compromised status and volume of seizure activity.
His new bathroom is about done, just waiting for a couple of parts and the shine to take on his new countertop. It is so accessible! It’s beautiful! But it looks like it might not be his main bathroom yet as his Daddy may just move right into knocking out the revisions to his attached bedroom! Oy!
We are soooo blessed to have been nominated by his social worker at Children’s to receive a new ramp. We have been so blessed to call this home and neighborhood our own, but knew it came with compromises. Inside: hardwood floors great for his rolling equipment. Outside: whacky, unsafe steps to get in and out of the front door. It was on our list, but wasn’t going to be able to be very high due to knowledge base and material expense (Robbie had already fixed more problems than we expected to contend with). The East County Posse http://www.eastcountyposse.com received Isaac’s nomination, quickly came out to meet and interview him and deemed it very necessary that he have safe access in and out of the home! I can breathe much easier now getting him in and out and not worrying about missing a step and falling over with him in my arms! We can not thank the volunteers and organization enough!
Wondering what Isaac might like for Christmas? We’ve been asked a few times so thought we would share.
A Cure for Tay-Sachs. And seizures. And all things fatal to children! Duh. A start?: CTSF.org We’d be pleased if you donated in Isaac’s honor.
Clothes. He’s in a 5-6. He already has plenty of sweaters and jackets. Shirts long sleeve and short, comfy pants, a decent pair of jeans, or jammies are always great choices!
This Swing and possibly the insert: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0018QEFRO/ref=aw_wl_ov_dp_1_1?colid=KOJ1P8RXCUA2&coliid=I3B058H4WMVVUJ
Toys that respond to sound or touch of easy to access buttons like: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00BSWS8LM/ref=ox_sc_saved_image_8?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Isaac likes fun toys, music, lights and we are okay with that!
Hand Santizer and Soaps. Can’t get enough of the smell good types since we use them allllllll the time, but don’t generally splurge on the fun stuff ourselves.
Isaac went to see Santa yesterday but Santa didn’t share what else was on Isaac’s list.