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    Mama in Charge Anne's Avatar
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    I have just finished canceling all of our trip plans for NY next week. I was thrilled to be a finalist for a LS award, and was also looking forward to seeing many of you there!

    Sadly, my 8 year old son has just been diagnosed with a very rare spinal condition and has spent most of the week having medical testing. Children's Hospital here said it is critical that he be seen by the pediatric neurosurgeon as soon as possible, and that taking a flight ( much less a CAB RIDE in NY city) could be too risky for him. We are under the impression they can correct, or greatly help him with spinal surgery, but we won't know the full details until Tuesday.

    This is totally out of the blue and unexpected, and we are still in a fog here. Please add Austen to your prayer lists. I know God only needs to hear one prayer to answer, but the more the merrier

    I hope everyone has a great week in NY and I look forward to hearing how everything went. Thanks in advance for your prayers and thoughts!

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    Anne, all the best to your son, you and your family.
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    Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your son
    It's too bad they won't do things right away instead of making the excruciating wait for more info till Tuesday

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    Anne,

    You know you'll be missed, but you, Austin and your family will definitely be in our prayers ... If I can do anything, please say so!

    God Bless,
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    Wow Anne, that is some news. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do.

    Austen in in our thoughts.

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    Anne,

    While you'll definitely be missed, the most important thing is Austen of course. You will all be in our prayers and remember your ABW family is here for.

    Take care and God Bless.

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    Anne,

    I will keep Austen in my thoughts and prayers.

    {{{Hugs}}}

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    Anne,

    Austen and your family are in my prayers.

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    Anne,

    You and your family will be in my prayers.

    God Bless You!

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    Anne,

    I'm so sorry to hear about Austen. I'll keep all of you in my prayers.

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    Anne,

    As you take the helm through these uncharted waters, may God be your first mate. Our best to you and yours.

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    Anne,

    Jarec said it beautifully.

    I don't pray, but you and your son will be in my thoughts.

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    Anne, I'm so sorry to hear this sad news and I hope and pray it's all good news on Tuesday.

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    Anne - sending good thoughts and prayers to you, your child and family!!!

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    I will be keeping Austen and your whole family in my thoughts.
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    Anne,

    Like everyone else, my thoughts and prayers are with Austen and your family!
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    Thank you everyone, you are so awesome!!

    We have a room at the Ronald McDonald house in DC tonight, never thought we would be staying in one of those, but how great it is available! Our appointment is at 8 am in DC so it is good we won't have to combat rush hour!!

    Thanks again, I will keep everyone posted! Anne

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    Good News!!

    Well it is not perfect news, but good news! The news at this time is that Austen can travel and they are going to wait as long as possible to do the surgery. He has to avoid contact sports, rough play, etc.. As long as he doesn't get a blow to his neck, he can wait a bit longer for the surgery! We are happy. We have been treating him like a raw egg the past few days. We spent seven hours at Children's National Medical center again today and had more films done, and although the abnormality is severe, they feel the risk to have the surgery is greater than the chance he will get a blow to the exact area of the spine that could cause paralysis. So, they are going to have him come in for x-rays every 3 months from now until whenever, and if the vertebrae moves more than 2 more mm ( it is currently sublexed 7 mm) he will have the surgery then.

    It is still a bit scary that something can happen, but they said that keeping a close eye on it at this point is what they will do, and though he will eventually need this surgery they would rather wait ( unless the Dr. who does the second view says otherwise).

    Thank you everyone for prayers, thoughts, hugs etc...

    As for us, we are packing right now for NY! See everyone at LS tomorrow!

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