Sunday, August 31, 2008


You are invited to an Open House celebrating Eleanor's first year of life. We would like to thank God for the blessings of this past year and our community of friends and family for their prayers, encouragement and support. Come and meet Ellie in person, squeeze her cheeks, and hang out with us while eating some snacks and cake on our back lawn. Please give us this opportunity to thank you in person for the significant role you play in Eleanor's life.

Date: Saturday, September 13

Time: 2-5 pm 

Location: The Vedrafamily House

Email me for more info or directions. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Home Already!

We are home already! The surgery went really well. The urologist did the deflux procedure and also dilated her urethra to enable her empty her bladder more often. He said that she tolerated the surgery quite well. She woke up very quickly after the surgery because the anesthesiologist did not need to give her a huge dose of drugs. She was uncomfortable for a little while, but maintained her breathing quite well. She settled in with her breathing and tolerated a feeding right away, so we did not need to stay overnight. We left for home within a couple of hours after surgery. Ellie is sleeping peacefully right now.

We were not able to do the nerve biopsy today. It turns out that the biopsy requires a neurosurgeon, and they are not as readily available as a general surgeon as you might imagine. We do have an appointment in September with the neurosurgeon, so we are moving forward with the procedure even though we could not combine the surgeries.

Praise God that the surgery went so well and that Ellie was such a trooper. We were so excited to see her wake up with such spunk and alertness. Please continue to pray that the surgery accomplishes what it set out to do.

Thank you for your prayers and support today.

Love, The Vedras

Monday, August 25, 2008


Hey everyone-

I'm sorry it has been long. We have just been busy doing normal family things like grocery shopping, walks, and watching the olympics. We spend a lot of time kissing Ellie's cheeks and thanking God that we are not in the hospital and that we are home enjoying time as a family.

Here is a picture of Ellie doing a normal baby thing-ready to go for a ride in the stroller. Adam and I have been going for jogs in the evening while Noah rides his bike and Seth and Ellie ride in the jogging stroller. It has been a lot of fun and a great stress reliever for the whole family!

Ellie has been feeling well since they put her on stronger antibiotics. We are all preparing for the surgery this week. I have been on the phone non-stop with doctors trying to coordinate a nerve biopsy for Ellie while she is under for the bladder surgery. A nerve biopsy was the next step in Ellie's testing. It was always understood that it was an option for testing "if Ellie ever had a surgery where she was put under anesthesia." Since there were no surgeries on the horizon, we sort of put it on the back burner. Well, all of a sudden this surgery is scheduled, so I started talking to doctors about getting it done at the same time. So, things are in the works, but it will take a lot of things coming together at the right time to actually happen. We will see.

The lab will be looking at the myelin in the nerves to see if it is normal or not. If there is a lack of myelin, it means she probably does have a peripheral nerve disorder and we will continue looking down that path. If it turns out to be normal, we need to change directions and reevaluate her testing path.

Please pray for the surgery on Thursday: that it will go smoothly, that Ellie's respiratory issues will not cause complications, and that the surgeons will be able to do the nerve biopsy at the same time. I will update after the surgery to let you know how things went.

Ellie's story is not finished yet. We know that God has great plans for her. We are just so happy to be along for the ride.

Emily for the Vedras

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

VUR Update

Well, we just got home from the doctor's office. Eleanor's bladder and kidney issues are pretty severe, and due to the fact that antibiotics are not being effective so far, the doc is recommending a surgical procedure. The procedure will use Deflux to create a flap to stop the reflux. You can check it out on their website. It is a pretty non-invasive procedure. It has a 90% success rate in a normal child, probably a lesser rate in a child like Ellie, but the odds are still good.

The surgery is scheduled for August 28. It will require an overnight stay only because they will need to monitor her respiratory issues and make sure she comes out of the sedation well. We are very thankful that there is a less invasive option for Ellie and that they were able to squeeze the surgery in so quickly. We hope this will all be behind us by the time cold season hits us. One hurdle at a time!

Saturday, August 9, 2008


Sorry it has been so long! We have been very busy!

Last weekend was Noah's birthday. He is 6 years old! Adam's parents came into town to wish him a happy birthday. We had a nice Sunday dinner with members from both of our extended families present.

Tuesday was Election Day. Adam worked as an Election Inspector for my mom so we could make some extra money. It is always a busy day. He was gone until almost 11pm! The rest of us did not want to miss the Tuesday night concert at Meijer Gardens, so our friends kindly offered to help me with the kids while we were there. We had a really nice time.

Noah was loving on Ellie at the concert

Our friend Tammy held Ellie while she listened to the concert.

Thursday night, we noticed that Ellie was starting to have a fever. She was presenting symptoms the same as the two times she had UTIs, so we were pretty confident what it was. I took her to the Dr on Friday morning and was proven right in my assumptions. She was able to get a UTI while on a maintenance dose of antibiotic! Not good. She is now on a different antibiotic. We are very eager to find out what is going to happen at the Urologist. The appointment is Tuesday morning. I hope we will find out the course of action.

Adam has also been busy, working two side jobs this week along with the Election work. He works so hard to provide for all of us! Noah has been working hard, too. We officially started first grade this week. We had been doing reading all summer, but we added in history, science, math, etc. I am definitely more excited about it than him right now, but I know he will soon get used to it.

Well, that's it! I will let you know how the appointment goes on Tuesday.

peace, Emily