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I am Not as Strong as I appear. I enjoy weakness from time to time. We are a homeschooling, special needs family of 6. My 4th son has a Congenital Heart defect, and my oldest has ADHD. I am a survivor of Adultery and mental abuse. I learned that you never really know someone until you are strong enough to stand up and walk away. I love and protect my children, with everything I have. My life might seem unbelievable, but I couldn't make this shit up if I tried! Stick around & let's get to know each other.

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Owain is recovering slowly

Owain is still in the PICU. We were hoping that he would be out on the floor by now, but his lungs and a high fever have been keeping him here. His fever has been dropping most of this evening. He has some fluid both in his lungs and around his lungs, so his...
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Another Successful Surgery :)

Owain came out of surgery around noon today,Yippie! He is doing well. He still hasn’t woken up yet & is still on a bit of pain killers. We are waiting for his pain meds to wear off and most likely they will be able to take him off the respirator early this evening. He...
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Owain’s Glenn Procedure Surgery is Next Week

We are getting ready for Owain’s next surgery. He is going in for the Glenn Procedure. I was looking for a good definition to explain it better, but I am not finding one right now. I think I mentioned it in earlier posts. We are going back to UVA Children’s Hospital on Monday October...
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Owain’s Prayer Quilt

Owain watching Olympics

My second son E Nut has a friend from school who’s mother gifted us with a Prayer Quilt for Owain. She and some of her friends from her church made it for him. It came with instructions that reads: “Each knot tied represents a prayer that was said specifically for you. Notice that the...
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Owain had his cath procedure today

Owain watching Olympics

Things went really well! His heart looks good & he is a good candidate for the next surgery, but we are not in a rush, rush position any more. His doctor said that we might even be able to put off the next surgery until closer to the end of September instead of at...
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Moving forward with Owain’s next surgery

Owain last week, 3 months old!

I think I feel OK about this. I knew it was coming so I have been trying to prepare myself. Of course I am sad, I am worried, I am scared, but I am OK with it. It has to be done. At least I am TRYING to be OK with this. We had...
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Owain is OK for now

Well his O2 levels are still low, but they did spend a bit more time in the lower 70s today at the hospital. They did an EKG and an Echo and everything looks good. His usual cardiologist is out this week & he saw another Dr, so I don’t really have any answers. She...
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Taking Owain to UVA today

So if you didn’t see yesterdays post, read that first and then come back up here to read this one. His O2 sats are still low again this morning and his pediatric cardiologists want to see him this afternoon. They are in the 61 to 72 range, mostly in the mid 60s. Wing Nut...
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This is Soo not what I wanted to post about Owain, but

I have been hoping to get some more pictures of Owain posted here, but the day keeps getting away from me. He is getting bigger, smiling, babbling. He is a happy little guy & he loves to laugh & has finally become ticklish…I love to tickle my little beastie boys! Everything healed well, and...
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I found a new feature on the candle site!

After writing the article How to Light a Candle Online to Pray for a Loved One I contacted Gratefulness.org to let them know. They told me that there is a way to create an entrance page just for Owain’s candle. I just did it & it is pretty cool! So here is his new...
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Owain is home!!!

Such a happy little guy! We are so blessed!

He actually came home last Thursday May 29th! We have been getting settled, going to different Dr visits and trying to get some rest. The kids are so excited to have him home. It was very strange for them to be with out their parents for so long. They were just as disappointed every...
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Still waiting for Owain to come home…

I love this little guy so much!

Owain is still at UVA & we are starting to feel like he will never come home. I have been leaving as early as I can after getting the kids off to school & staying until 7pm or later so that I can nurse him. He has had some really good days with his...
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Getting better every day!

Celebrating Owain's Birth with a Family Photo

William insisted that I add a family picture…so here it is! Three very excited big brothers & two very happy & tired parents just a few minutes after Owain’s birth.   Lots of changes have happened since last Friday! Friday night when Will got to the hospital to visit they were getting ready to...
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Owain is getting better

Even just minutes after he was born, is a strong little guy. I had to pry his little hands away from his face.

Owain is doing much better this week! He is pink & plump & full of life! They were able to take him off of the respirator yesterday! It is so wonderful to be able to see his face again & to hear him cry. He is still a bit of a cranky head, but...
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Surgery went perfectly!!

Just wanted to pop in quickly & let every one know that Owain’s surgery on Monday went perfectly & he is doing great. They have been able to start taking him off of different meds & are hoping to have him off the respirator by tomorrow. He looks wonderful! It is such a relief...
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Surgery moved up to Monday moring

We just heard from one of the Cardiac fellow & Owain is not responding to the meds as well today as he was yesterday. So surgery has been pushed up to first thing tomorrow morning. He is first on the schedule & he will be going down for prep around 6:30am & starting surgery...
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Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day Congenital Heart Defects

  It has been a week since I woke up in the hospital & saw my little dark blue Owain. It has been such a long emotional week with so many ups & downs. It still seems like a surreal dream, like I am floating through it all. After Owain’s attempted procedure on Friday...
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Owain is Doing Better

A few minutes after Owain's birth

A lot has happened in the past few days. Some good and some not so good. He has been in critical but stable condition for the past few days. We were excited when it was determined that an interventionist could try a cath procedures which is a less invasive procedure. That was scheduled for...
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Owain’s Update

Just a few minutes after his birth

I am thankful to be able to say that we have some good news today. Yesterday was a good day for Owain, he was stable all day with very few scary moments. Over Monday night he blew out all his IVs in his hands & feet, so they added a centeral line for everything....
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Owain Ridley Curcio Born May 3rd 2008 & In need of Prayers

It was a week & day late, but little Owain was born at 4:47 on the afternoon of May 3rd 2008, another Boy! Imagine that! He weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces…which for me is HUGE! A lot has happened since he was born 3 days ago, but I don’t have time to sit here...
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Cancer Resources and Organizations

What is Non Hodgkin Lymphoma? American Cancer Society National Cancer Institute, Non Hodgkin Lymphoma
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Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Resources and Organizations

This is a list of some of our favorite ADHD Resources and Organizations. If you know of other great websites that you think should be on this list, please let me know. National Resource Center on ADHD Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Kids Health Daily Strength ADHD: What Parents Should Know Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder...
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Congenital Heart Defect Resources and Organizations

  This is an on going list of some of my favorite Congenital Heart Defect Resources and Organizations. If you know of another website that you think should be on this list, let me know. Mended Little Hearts of Charlottesville! Mended Little Hearts of Central Virginia Mended Little Hearts National Saving Little Hearts Kids...
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