Friday, January 4, 2013
Today we met with the Surgeon and the Neonatologist and are so reassured to be here. The Surgeon is held in high regard and his specialty is neonate surgery (seems obvious but hey). In fact kids are flown to him from around the country when other medical centers feel the child is too small to operate on. He examined the echograms and stated that this first procedure now has a 90 plus percent survivability rate. After this surgery we'll stay here in Stanford for a month or so post-operative, go home to Idaho and return here at the 4 month mark. The Dr said if we make it to the 2nd surgery (no complications or infections at home) we're pretty much set, so things are sounding good. Still a long road but what a great place to be, with wonderfully talented people looking after Beth and Gabriel. Which brings us to the Neonatologist- the director of our teams of physicians. She is a warm, caring person that spoke with us at length today, toured us through the facilities we will be using and attempted to sway Isabella to attend Stanford. Side note- Isabella has wanted to be either an anthropologist or paleontologist since she was 5. A couple of years ago psycho Dad looked up the best schools in the nation for graduate work in those fields and Berkeley was the top west coast school. So today is a good day and we are out of the motel and into a wonderful apartment.