UPDATE: Leah is in recovery and did well during surgery. I'll update more when I know. That's all I've got right now.
I've had a lot weighing on my heart lately, but didn't want to share until after Christmas as to keep the bummage to a minimum.
We've had two losses (that I know of) in the EB Community this month. One was a three month old baby with Junctional EB and the other was a six and a half year old little boy with Junctional EB. Baby L got a g-tube, developed an infection, and passed away in early December. The little boy, W, had been fighting severe Junctional EB for six years, and finally, his body just couldn't take it anymore. He died in his sleep on Christmas Eve. I can't tell you the sadness I've felt for their families, especially their mothers, whom I don't even know. And of course, I've had a certain amount of sadness over thoughts of losing Jonah. Maybe it's crazy to think of his death when he's doing so well. I don't know. I know I should focus on the positive, and I do most of the time, but sometimes this stuff - this cruel reality that is Junctional EB - just slaps you in the face. To think that he could be doing well now, but that we could lose him at six years old. I can't handle it. And I think about it. A lot. I just can't help it. And I cry and obsess and cry some more. And then I'm okay. And then I'm not. We were told that non-Herlitz could have a normal life span (with MANY difficulties and complications), but I think I only KNOW of two Junctional EB adults. To me, that just doesn't add up. Anyway, I was doing really well with all of it and then we lost L and W, and I'm in a low now... really struggling with focusing on the now rather than worrying about the what if.
And I guess the real reason I'm posting tonight is to ask for prayers for Leah and Tripp.
Leah (already with a trach) will be getting a g-tube and her teeth taken out tomorrow.
Tripp (already with a trach and g-tube) will be getting his teeth (ten in all I think) taken out on Thursday.
I hate what Courtney and Meg are having to go through. It is not fair that two such young, beautiful mothers have to deal with this. They are having to have their babies' teeth REMOVED because their teeth are tearing their mouths to pieces. That is so incredibly messed up. And please pray for Leah as she gets her g-tube. Thankfully she will not have to be intubated since she already has the trach, but please pray that she will resist infection while in the hospital.
Thank you for keeping all of our sweeties in your prayers. And if you are making any end of the year donations, please consider DebRA or the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation. We are desperate for a cure! Please help if you can.