"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." - Shel Silverstein

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


I was sure this day would never come. Not in a million years. But...

Marissa was discharged by her ENT, Dr. P this morning!

We are over five weeks post-op since her stoma closure. She has been struggling quite a bit with the suture material that was used and stitches keep festering, pus-ing up, and popping out of her skin. But Dr. P says we just have to wait it out until she gets rid of them all or they dissolve. I'm cool with that, but just tired of her neck being an open sore all the time. Oh well.

So, back to the discharge... If you would have told me four years ago that, halfway through 2011, Rissa would no longer need the services of an ENT, I would have looked at you like you were from another planet. I am so thrilled at how far she has come, she amazes me! It is a little sad though, as Dr. P is our most favorite Dr. that Rissa sees. She has taken such good care of Rissa. Honestly, I believe Rissa would not have her trach out right now if it weren't for her. She moved forward when others were content to let things be. She has been such an integral part of Rissa's life and development and we will miss seeing her. I'm glad we are friends on Facebook so we can keep in touch.

And now, a cute Rissa & Sully pic to wrap up this post...

Sully is turning the big NUMERO UNO on Sunday!! Happy Birthday, Sully Man Bud Bud! We love you!