Once Upon A Prayer

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Mighty Mack's Emergency Surgery

This weekend Mackenzie started to have some new, severe symptoms due to her Cholesteatoma.  On Saturday, the drainage in her left ear became very bad and changed colors.  By Sunday afternoon, Mackenzie experienced facial paralysis causing her to not be able to smile.  After a trip to see her Neurotologist on Tuesday in his Georgetown office, Mackenzie was admitted to the hospital for emergency surgery.  Not only had the infection in her left ear gotten worse, her right ear was now showing signs of infection too.  Mighty Mack needed to be on IV antibiotics, and have the Cholesteatoma removed before the new infection had a chance to migrate to her brain through her perforated skull.

My Petrified Little Monkey

Papa arrived around 5:30pm much to both our happiness.  
He is the King of making his girls smile - all of us!  
Usually at his expense.

Before heading to the OR, the doctor handed Mackenzie to me.

She clung to me, and I clung to her.

A precious child of God who is so very treasured.
Jacques had to physically pry her out of my arms.

A moment I will never soon forget.

Mackenzie will be checked weekly by the Neurotologist, and then monthly until about 9-12 months after her surgery.  At that point, she will need another surgery to ensure that the Cholesteatoma has not regrown, and an attempt will be made to reconstruct two of her inner ear bones.  Mighty Mack is not out of the woods yet.  Her Cholesteatoma was massive and filled with resistant bacteria.    Since it perforated her skull, the surgeon had to patch several areas of her skull to prevent the spread of infection to her brain.  She has been on IV antibiotics for two days now, and in the morning the Infectious Disease doctors will hopefully know which antibiotic she will remain on for her specific bacteria.  Of course we are praying that it will be an oral one so we can go home!

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; 
ensure justice for those being crushed. 
Yes, speak for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice. 

Proverbs 31:8-9



  1. ALl I can think over and over again is what if you hadn't said yes, had worked fast and hard to bring her home. Her sad face breaks my heart but oh her story - such a testament as to WHY! Why adopt, why two, why follow God's whisper on our heart.

  2. We missed the girls tonight at choir. Many prayers are being sent your families way. God bless you all.

  3. Poor sad baby. We pray she's able to feel better very soon.