ARDEN UPDATE #9: Second Surgery in a Week

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Nothing like a return to the Operation Room to take the sparkle out of Arden’s eyes.

This time she knew what was coming. She has been such an incredibly good sport about everything, it was harder than ever to see her go through this again.

Repositioning her femur did require reopening the incision, which was another disappointment for us all. Here’s the update Alli just posted:

After a long 5 1/2 hours Arden is finally in recovery. She did really well, and our surgeon is much happier! We’re admitted for one night and, as long as X-rays look good tomorrow, we are Alaska bound on Saturday! ❤️

Disappointed as we all were when X-rays Wednesday revealed the need for another trip to the O.R. and then again when it turned out that an open procedure was necessary to do the job, good friend Peggy Mindrebo lifted our spirits with the email message below.

Peggy is married to an Orthopedic surgeon and also understands first-hand what it’s like to spend anxious hours in a children’s hospital waiting for news of her own dear little ones.

“Here’s the comfort I might add . . . by doing an open procedure instead of closed, they might have a better chance of assuring it won’t happen again. If they popped it back into place, it might have an equal chance of dislocating again. I’m praying for Arden. She is deeply loved by her Heavenly Father. May she sense His nearness in this time. I’ve spent way too much time in the waiting rooms of children’s hospitals these past years. May each of you also sense the Spirit hovering in your space. This is holy ground. You can do nothing. God is with you.❤️

Just a couple of hours after surgery, Arden is once again demonstrating her resilience. After 5 1/2 hours of surgery, already this!

Once again, we want to thank you for your love, prayers, and support for our little one!

Reminder: Don’t forget Arden’s GoFundMe! She’s begun the long road to recovery from severe hip dysplasia. From what we’ve seen so far, we’re convinced she’ll go the distance.

Help us go the distance to our GoFundMe goal!

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