Monday, December 15, 2008

New Found Lucas Pics & Our Oct. State Fair Trip

We took a trip to NW Ark. to see Dax, Karri, Skyler, & Knox (Blake's brother's family) over the weekend and had a good time. The last time we were up there was in August just before Pierce and Lucas started pre-school. Lucas was in his "prime" then and we got these great pictures Dax took of him playing in their drive.

Also, now that time has gone by we feel like posting these pictures of our happy/sad trip to the state fair with Dax, Karri, Skyler, & Knox as well as Blake and Dax's dad and cousin Wade Lyndon "Pete". This was just after we got back from our get away after the funeral. I don't know what we would have done with out our families help through all this... ...

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Lucas was born to us 5/10/07 and was soon diagnosed with CHARGE. CHARGE syndrome is a recognizable (genetic) pattern of birth defects which occurs in about one in every 9-10,000 births worldwide. It is an extremely complex syndrome, involving extensive medical and physical difficulties that differ from child to child. Babies with CHARGE syndrome are often born with life-threatening birth defects, including complex heart defects and breathing problems. They spend many months in the hospital and undergo many surgeries and other treatments. Swallowing and breathing problems make life difficult even when they come home. The letters in CHARGE stand for: Coloboma of the eye, Heart defects, Atresia of the choanae, Retardation of growth and/or development, Genital and/or urinary abnormalities, and Ear abnormalities and deafness. Lucas's anomalies included with his case of CHARGE include minor heart defects of ASD and PDA, bilateral choanal atresia repaired at four days old, undescended testes repaired at seven months old, and ear abnormalities; also he has reflux and aspirated while feeding shortly after being born and thus had a G-tube and Nissen Fundoplication at five weeks old. Additionally he has PE tubes, very low muscle tone and facial palsy on his right side. Lucas was diagnosed with Primary Pulmonary Hypertension at 12 months old. He showed us how to shine through the rain as he lost his bravely fought battle and entered into Heaven on 10/02/08. He was our miracle on earth the 507 days we spent with him. For more information, visit