Eryn is being discharged today, though. They're looking into whether or not we can stay in our room for one more night. Right now Eryn is still a patient, so we're all good. JM
The doctors and nurses were wicked cool. They let me walk down with them near the O.R. I met the anesthesiologist, the surgeon, and the nurses. They explained everything that would happen and even some of the bad things that could possibly happen. It was really comforting. JM
She has a 5 cm ovarian cyst. The pediatric surgeon said that we could either monitor it with weekly ultrasounds and it could spontaneously resolve, or we could do surgery tomorrow. We're going with the surgery. The risks are that she has to be fully sedated, a risk of infection at the incision, and a risk of rupturing something with the probe.
Basically they are going to make a small incision, go in laparoscopically, look around, burst the cyst, and pull out a small section to make sure it's benign. The fluid in the cyst as well as the cyst wall will be absorbed into Brooklyn's body.
If we just followed it without doing the procedure, then the cyst could get twisted and then they would have to remove the cyst, her left ovary, and her left fallopian tube. That seems less desirable, so we're just going to get it over with.
The surgery is supposed to be tomorrow afternoon, but I'll post when it is exactly so that you, dear reader, can pray for my beautiful daughter Brooklyn.
Also, Noah just had his first real phone conversation with a friend. He talked to Joseph (two people to his right in the first two pictures) about bad guys and birthday parties and all manner of things that only make sense if you're three. JM
I'm a naturally curious person. Luckily, the hospital satiates my curiosity by showing me the contractions and fetal heart rates of every woman in the labor and delivery rooms (Eryn was room 3). I could watch this for hours. Especially if I had a buddy with me and we were placing bets. It's like an off track betting facility, only weirder. JM
Brooklyn will probably have her ultrasound today to find out if they want to do surgery to remove her ovarian cyst. I'll let you know what we find out. JM
It's okay to disagree with other Christians, so long as the relationship is maintained. JM
I'm politically apathetic, but this video about Ron Paul made me actually want to care. It seems as though I really agree with him. Unfortunately, he's an also-ran.
This is the most difficult step for the church. We expect all Christians to look alike. To live in suburbia. To dress nice. To not struggle with sin. But that's not real. And I don't think Jesus likes it. JM
Hopefully they'll just induce and then we'll have a baby. I'll keep you posted. JM
The two paragraphs I find the most interesting:
In forming relationships, INTJs tend to seek out others with similar character traits and ideologies. Agreement on theoretical concept is an important aspect of a relationship. By nature INTJs tend to be demanding in their expectations and approach relationships in a very rational manner. As a result, an INTJ may not always respond to a naturally occurring infatuation but wait for a mate who better fits his or her set criteria. Persons with this personality type are very stable, reliable and dedicated. Harmony in relationships and home life tends to be extremely important to the INTJ. He or she tends to withhold strong emotion and does not like to "waste" time with irrational social rituals. This, however, may cause non-INTJs to perceive him or her as distant and reserved.
According to Keirsey, INTJs, or "Mastermind Rationals", are natural strategists, better than any other type at brainstorming approaches to situations. They are natural, but not eager, leaders, only stepping forward when it becomes obvious to them that they are the best for the job. Strong-willed and very self-assured, they may make this decision quickly, as they tend to make all decisions. But though they are decisive, they are always open-minded to new evidence and new ideas, flexible in their planning to accommodate changing situations. They are excellent at judging the usefulness of ideas and will apply whatever seems most efficient to them in accomplishing their clearly envisioned goals. To INTJs, what matters is getting it done, and they have a tendency to give little thought to personal cost in getting there.
So I think I'm going to get a regular phone and an iPod touch. Yeah, I'll have to carry two things with me, but I'll just try to get a small cell phone, like the juke. We'll see. JM