Monday, March 19, 2012

In Honor of the Original Shunt

Tomorrow, Elisabeth will go in for surgery and we will say goodbye to her original shunt. It was placed the day after she was born - just a few days shy of four and a half years ago. And carefully - for four and a half years - it has drained cerebral spinal fluid from Elisabeth's brain down to her peritoneal cavity - essentially allowing her to live. Needless to say, we are extremely grateful for that little shunt and all it has done for our child.

Now, a few pictures of Elisabeth's first week of life - and her first week with the original shunt:

Just after shunt surgery - what an absolute chub she was! (9lbs 5 0z - at two weeks early!)

[September 25, 2007]

Her shunt sure was prominent on her head at the beginning - but now she has all those curls to cover it up.

Meeting her sisters for the first time:

The plan for today: Pack for Spokane.

For Elisabeth:
G-Tube supplies
Sock Monkeys

For Me:
Comfy clothes


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