Holy moly how a week can change. Tuesday was Cow Appreciation Day and the kids and I were having a great time at Chick-fil-A and with friends at the pool. They decided to go home with their friends so I went back to the house and relaxed a bit until I got a text that shook me to my core.
My sister-in-law texted that my nephew couldn’t move his right arm and leg and they were at the hospital. They had one of their other children with them, so I dropped everything and ran up to get her.
When we arrived, my sister in law called asking where we were. I let her know we were coming up the elevator. I could hear her voice trembling. Once we got my niece, I walked with my SIL for a second and she told me that my nephew Levi was going to be life flighted to Children’s Hospital of Atlanta because they think he has a brain tumor that was causing bleeding in his brain.
Of course this was devastating news to the entire family and all we could do is trust God. They made it to CHOA just in the nick of time and did emergency surgery. It turned out to not be a tumor but is an AVM – artery-to-vein malformation. His is extremely rare. The AVM was bleeding and had a grapefruit size bleed in his brain.
Currently, my nephew Levi is in critical condition at CHOA’s PICU unit. As this is likely to be weeks of ICU followed by months of hospital/rehab/therapy, please know that I’m not forgetting the blog. Between my mom and I, we are trying to juggle my 5 kids, my brothers 4 other children, and all the challenges thereabouts. So far everything is going smoothly on the home front and we’ve been circling the wagons, so to speak. Early next week, we plan to have a sit down and further figure out their other children’s needs and plan from there. Right now, we are just surviving and waiting for Levi’s brain swelling to go down so we can make plans.
You’re welcome to follow along on facebook at Love For Levi. Be sure to bring your tissues, especially when you read the full story of what happened.