Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Update on Kori

This morning I read an encouraging update about my friend Kori who, as many of you know, is awaiting a heart transplant in Salt Lake City. I covet your continued prayers for her and her family! ~Resa

Dec. 9 (6:45 p.m. Mountain time)

Posted 14 hours ago

This is Kori's dad. I arrived yesterday in a snow storm. Kori and Brenda met me at the airport. Kori and I went directly to her physical therapy appointment and Brenda stayed at the airport to catch her flight to Denver.

Kori very much enjoyed having Brenda here. See cleaned everything throughly and even prepared food and froze it. She must have known that I know nothing about cooking and was concerned about Kori's well being with me in charge of food service. That was very thoughtful of her; and accurate.

Kori and I had a full day today. T-Ann, one of the Lvad coordinators, had Kori visit with a 13 year old boy who has very severe congestive heart failure and has had an Lvad device implanted. He was feeling pretty low. We went on a tour of the medical air transport facility and even went outside, with the young man in a wheelchair. I think Kori improved his outlook. Alot of the people in surgical ICU that worked with Kori were amazed at how well she is doing and how good she looked. I can see a great improvement in her vision and mobility since the last time I saw her. We were in a room with a technician and 3 Doctors while Kori was having an echocardiogram and Erin, the other Lvad coordinator, came in. Kori said to her, "You got a haircut, I really like it." The Doctors were amazed that she could see that.

After the echocardiogram, the three Doctors met in private and then Dr. Selzman (Kori's cardiac surgeon) spoke with Kori and me. He said they are excited about how much her heart has improved. The damaged area is now scar tissue, but the remainder of her heart is "squeezing" very strongly. Next month, they will re-admit her to the hospital and see if her heart can function without the Lvad. Dr. Selzman said he didn't want to get our hopes up, but that this was worth exploring. If it turns out to be a 50-50 proposition, they will still recommend a transplant. They don't want to do this unless they feel there is an 80-90% chance of success. They will try to repair the damaged area and let her heart take over. Even if this is successful, he said she might only get 2-5 years out of her heart, but that would still be a benefit. If the Lvad is successfully removed, it should also help her antibody count. Do miracles really happen?

Saturday, December 06, 2008

She's Reading!

My Elena girl is reading! Only just over three months in to our "official" start of homeschooling (I like to say we've been doing it since day one almost 6 years ago, but I digress), and we get to experience the joy of watching all those letters and words come to life for her! She may frown and say she doesn't like school, but she's very excited and proud of herself...and always wants to do handwriting first (so I save it for last). You Go Elena!

Baby Bellies

This is the first time Jodi and I have been expecting at the same time...so we can always be genuinely empathetic to each other as we share the trials of being pregnant & still being "on" as mommies to our other munchkins. Though, I have to admit, I think I have it easier than her since they are remodeling their house, potty-training Stella and she's due in only 6 weeks (isn't that right?).

So here's our cheesy baby belly picture taken at Thanksgiving. These babes will hopefully be great friends like our other kids are. I'm hoping we both have boys...but just one day around Kai and Jo is hoping she has another girl! (He has that affect on expectant mothers for some reason!)


As for our husbands...well, we just don't know what to say...

Top 10...

My Top 10 Pros & Cons to Pregnancy

PROS
10. People do stuff for me now
9. Front row parking at HyVee
8. Now people say I'm "so cute" (not sure if that's a PRO or CON)
7. Napping feels wonderful!
6. Rarely having to shave my legs...my hair just stops growing!
5. Feeling the new baby kick (courtesy of Elena)
4. Her can't ice skate (courtesy of Kai)
3. Picking out cute baby clothes
2. I can eat whatever I want, like I didn't before
1. Bigger Boobs!

Okay, that's what I get for leaving my blog window open. Those were mostly written by my dear husband. Though I was going to say that my girls are back!..just not for number one. My true number one is feeling the new little life flutter then kick & punch around.

CONS
10. 1st Trimester Nausea
9. Support hose everyday
8. No Riesling when dining out
7. Lack of comfort sleeping
6. Bloody noses, a lot
5.
Body aches & pains...and only Tylenol to kick them
4. Feeling Frumpy (unlike "feeling groovy")
3. Just not being able to do so much
2. My legs look like someone beat them with a baseball bat--varicose veins strike again
1. Quack, quack, waddle, waddle (will I ever walk normally again?)

Baby Mayla!

Baby Mayla Leigh! She is our newest niece...bringing the total to 6 nieces, 1 nephew and one surprise due in January!


Holiday Cakes!

Some Thanksgiving turkey anyone?

LinkI had been wanting to make this cake for a couple of years...it was one of the first cool things I saw on the cake site I like to frequent, CakeCentral. The directions were great and it turned out even better than I imagined! How fun is that? I don't know if I'll ever roast a real Tom again, might just stick to this version.


These gift package cakes were for a corporate holiday party down on the Plaza. A friend of mine from High School, Erin, planned the catering and thought of me. I was so pleased with how they turned out...and how great to get back in touch with an old friend!


This shot is just without the flash, you can't see the shimmer on the gumpaste bows quite as well, but I like it better. Oh, these are the yummy flavors...chocolate with whipped chocolate ganache filling & chocolate fudge frosting; classic white with lemon filling & buttercream; almond cream cheese with buttercream. Delish!

Hippopotamus Butt!

We don't have tons of trees in our yard, therefore, leaves are something my kiddos wait around for with great anticipation come fall. When our big maple finally drops (Starr, if your reading this, it's the one we dug up in TN & planted when we moved here...already big enough for a swing and climbing!) the kids go to town making piles and having fun!

Elena is so ticklish that getting buried in leaves makes for a giggle-fest!


Kai, on the other hand, quietly lies in wait as the self-proclaimed "leaf monster"...ready for ambush!


Arrrrrgggggrrrraaaa! The leaf monster awakes! Watch out!


Both kiddos love to climb up in the tree...at this point they still need a little help getting up there though (probably a good thing!) Now, here's the hippo butt part of my little story...have you ever tried to get these two to both smile without making silly, goofy faces or just dead-panning the camera? Well, it's a trick. So this day, I decided to try getting them to giggle and said "Say Hippopotamus Butt!" and it worked! Now, every time someone is grouchy or sad (usually Elena), Kai pipes in with a cheerful "This will make you feel better 'hippopotamus butt'! Giggle, giggle, giggle". They are just loveable!

Piles of People!

What a blessing to have a large family! We have bunches of people to love on both Eric & I's sides. With the holiday season beginning, we probably both see them more AND have our camera out more often....so here you go...Piles of People from our life!


On Thanksgiving Eve, we treated our kiddos to ice cream sundaes for dessert. Who want's whipped cream?

While the "big kids" were out on the first-ever Turkey Day Scavenger Hunt around town (much fun!), I made pumpkin-pie scented play-doh for the little kids. Later on though, guess who played with it more? (L to R: Nate's nose, Brad, Eric, Mark, Bo)


Being a teenager is tough, but you have to admit that my sister Paige is just slightly loved by her neices and nephew!


Naomi & Elena in a rare pose sans funny faces!


Grandpa Mark reads stories the BEST!


Another stack of cousins at Grandma Charla & Grandpa Mark's house: Zaritha, Kai, Will being held by Chrissy, Elena, Lily & Eric.


This is most of our family on Eric's side. We were celebrating Eric's aunt & uncle's 30th wedding anniversary. (Chrissy & Will, Cheri & Chuck, Elena, me, Kai & Eric)


Eric's mom's family: Chuck & Cheri, Mitzi & Pat, Nancy & Vaughn (their anniversary), Bill, Grandma Jean, & Brenda (she's with Bill). Cheri has one more brother, Jimmy, but he wasn't there.

Update Day!

This morning is blogger update time...so I'll be posting a bunch of stuff...some old & some new!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Baby Name Poll

Okay, this is cheesy and I don't think I can get it to show up right here, but here's a link to a poll I made up: GIRL BABY NAME POLL

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

More than ordinary...

Today in essence was very ordinary. But sometimes on ordinary days, things more than ordinary occur.

First, my honey stayed home sick from work...very un-ordinary! He slept or rested most of the day and I think was still partially in his jammies at 9 o'clock tonight. As much as anyone likes being home for the day to laul around on the couch...the "not-feeling-so-hot" feeling kinda takes away from the novelty.

Next, we had another new niece born early this morning! Yay! Travis & Kim Eastwood are now parents to three little girls ages 3, 1 & brand new. Cheers to them! Cheri was unsure on the name...Travis called her this morning and he was a understandably a little fuzzy on the phone after a long night. It might be Mayla Lee? But I'll get back to that after I know for sure. (UPDATE: Yes, her name is Mayla Leigh, she was 6# 11 oz. & 19" long...just bright eyed and sweet as can be!)

The kids and I stayed home all day today doing school, playing & housework. Naps were lovely & we went up to church for Bible study tonight. As I think about it, I don't think the kids were at each other's throats with constant bickering...perhaps that's part of the peaceful feeling I have as the day closes.

Oh, oh! And one last thing...I got my new book in the mail that is for the Jane book club at our library that I just discovered started meeting in the evenings rather than the afternoons...I can go now! It's titled "An Assembly Such As This" and is P&P from Darcy's point of view.

What a good day.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Hearts are Healing VI

Nov. 3rd, 9:00 a.m. (Mountain)

Posted Nov 3, 2008 10:59am~by Kori's sister

Kori and I got moved and settled into the transplant house this weekend. It is much better than being confined to a one room motel room. Kori is actually still asleep this morning (I'm about to wake her up) and I'm out in the living room working. This house is actually called "The House of Hope and Healing" and is used mostly by patients waiting for transplants but is also available to others that are dealing with various illnesses. The house use to be a part of Warren Jeffs polygamist compound. It has 6 large bedrooms with private baths, a huge communal kitchen, family room and living room. The house next door was also part of the compound. It is 30,000 sq. ft., with 34 bedrooms and a huge kitchen/living room. The living room alone is 100 sq. ft. by 40 sq. ft. It was also used for awhile as part of the "House for Hope and Healing" but became too expense to keep up and run. I have asked for a tour and plan to take a look before I leave...it looks a little creepy from the outside.

Kori and I went to church yesterday with another resident here at the house, George. George is from Louisiana. He had a heart transplant last March and has been recovering here at the house. Recently, he thought he was suffering from a sinus infection, went in to have it check out and found out he now has a tumor behind his eye. He is to have surgery to remove the tumor tomorrow. Please pray for George!

The church George attends here is the Calvary Baptist Church. We were definitely the minority (George is also a black gentleman) but Kori and I both enjoyed the service and they made us feel so welcomed. Kori loved it because she didn't have to read much. In this church they sing a lot and the pastor was a great speaker and delivered a very nice sermon...with a lot of energy!!! Kori said she plans to attend again next weekend.

Kori is doing great! Her attitude and spirit is amazing. She has not complained once, about anything. She did tell one of her doctors (Dr. Selzman), that she was sorry but he would be working during Christmas. She told him she had been through enough and her Christmas present is going to be a NEW HEART. He smiled and said OK.

Kori has said many times how much she appreciates everyone’s love and support!!

If you would like to keep up with Kori's progress, please post your request in the comments and I will email you the log-in info. Thanks, Resa


Saturday, November 01, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Here are my two Halloweeners...Spidey & Hula Dancer girl! Once Kai took off his mask for the night he yelled: "HEY GUYS! I'm Peter Parker now!". It was such a beautiful evening and much fun...our friends, the Frank's, joined us for our subdivision tour and we got TONS of good candy!


This was actually from a few weeks ago...but I thought it was pretty scary too. Daddy had the camera out while getting them ready for bed...silly rabbits!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Hearts are Healing V

Oct. 31st, 10:30 a.m. (Mountain)

Posted 3 hours ago

Hi everyone, Kim here again. Not much to update you on but I just thought I'd share a few things with you.

It is 10:30 a.m. on Friday and Kori is asleep in the bed next to me. She didn't sleep very well last night and was up a few times so we decided to let her sleep in for a little while this morning. We will probably go to lunch around noon and then head to the hospital for physical therapy at 2 p.m. I get excited for therapy too as I also get to workout.

Kori had a good day yesterday. We went to lunch and then the spa. She had her eyebrows waxed, a facial and her hair washed and styled. She said it felt "so good" and told the ladies she'd be seeing them about every couple of weeks for awhile. They are very sweet to her.

Kori and I were talking about her situation and all that has happened to her over the last several months. I told her, her story was made for a tv movie. She said, I know...I'd like Meg Ryan to play me because "I like her hair". Then she said, "Well I probably need someone with more attitude". We both laughed and agreed.

In another conversation we had, Kori said she was "very impressed" with my dad when he was here caring for her. She said he did such a great job and if physical therapy didn't come get her to walk; he'd take her and push her to do it.

She also said Doug did an amazing job and she thinks he deserves an honorary nursing degree. He took very good care of her and she is thankful to have such a great husband. She knows this has been difficult for him and says he basically has two kids to take care of between her and Kourtney.

This will be our last night in the hotel. Kori and I will move into the transplant house tomorrow. Jerry, who owns the home, has volunteered his van and hands to help get her moved.

Again, Kori is very thankful for all your support and prayers.

Happy Halloween!!!!


Oct. 31st, 11:55 a.m. (Mountain)

Posted 2 hours ago

This Kori, typed by Kim. I know Kim just posted an update but we left something out. Kim just showed me pictures of Kourtney that when in the hospital I couldn't see and Doug had to tell me what they looked like. Today I can actually see them. So the roads are no longer safe because I WILL DRIVE AGAIN!!!!! Let's see how many tickets I can get in Salt Lake City.

Have a safe Halloween...eat some chocolate for me out of your kids' bags.

Kori



What would 2012 look like IF....

A Chilling Look at an Obama Presidency

from Focus on the Family Action at citizenlink.org

Liberals could dominate the government in a way they haven't in decades.

What are the stakes in the upcoming election?

Come Nov. 4, it's possible Democrats will control both chambers of Congress and the White House.

The Wall Street Journal said it "would be one of the most profound political and ideological shifts in U.S. history. Liberals would dominate the entire government in a way they haven't since 1965 or 1933."

An analysis by Focus on the Family Action shows it would not be a pretty picture:

Far-left liberals could hold a 6-3 majority on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The nation's highest court could rule same-sex "marriage" is a constitutional right — in all 50 states.

Preaching from the Bible could be banned from radio and television.

States may not be able to restrict abortion, and taxpayers could be forced to fund abortions.

In several states, it could be illegal to own a gun.

Think it can't happen? Read the "Letter from 2012 in Obama's America".

Born Alive!

Let's not leave these babies in the hands of Obama:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Baby Stories I

Just having a quiet breakfast this morning (kiddos are eating in the living room watching TV) so thought I'd give a baby update!

Baby E #3 is now 21 weeks along. According to my BabyCenter weekly email, that means he is as long as a carrot?! I think that's funny...are we talking a baby carrot, short and stubby carrot, long Bugs Bunny carrot? Anyway, about 10+" long and weighs almost a pound. She's flipping around and starting to get some good punches and kicks in...Eric and the kids haven't been patient enough to feel her yet, but soon it will probably be a regular occurrence.

We've had a sonogram and just like with the other two, chose not to find out the gender...so I'll flip back and forth with the he/she thing.

The name game is fun...we've decided on Zane for a boy and are still up in the air on a girl name. Violet? Amaia? Isabel? I still like unique, but not weird names...and really like definite "girly" names...ya know, nothing that could possibly be a boy name. Any suggestions?

Last week I got the nursery bedding set...using a cute Little Suzy's Zoo theme to redo Kai's Finding Nemo room. The kiddos are moving into Elena's room together after Christmas! I think all we need now are a new crib mattress, window shade & curtains and maybe some Suzy's Zoo things painted or hung on the wall.

Oh, yes, and I'm trying the cloth diapering thing this time around. And, NO, I'm not crazy! I have several friends who do it now and am actually excited about it. I already have some different kinds and am expecting a big package of newborn "fluffy mail" on my doorstep any day now! Here's a picture of the little Kissaluvs that will be on baby's bum. Isn't it so cute? I've ordered a variety of different covers to try...some plain, some with extra cute patterns. I also bought a bunch of what they call "all-in-ones" for my dear husband, (who, by the way, thinks I'm insane) they work just like a disposable...no covers or stuffing inserts or anything...just velcro them on and go. To top all of this off, there is a huge market for cloth diaper resale...so since this is probably the last baby to join our clan, I'll sell these puppies and end up only spending pennies on diapering this time around!

Okay, if I haven't bored you to death with all this baby talk, check back another time and I'm sure I'll have more to chat about!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fun Cake Month

October has been a fun cake month for me. Weddings are done for the year and I'm back to birthdays and other special occasions! Here are most of them from the last 4 weeks:

Actually delivered this one this morning for a retirement party. I really liked doing a fun theme for an adult! And the cotton "smoke" is my favorite part, though Eric thought I shouldn't put it on since it isn't edible. Okay, so next time I'll find some white cotton candy!


This was a simple boy baby shower...I've done one before with the onesie made of fondant. Around the cake I wrote: Snips and snails and puppy dog tails, THAT'S what little boys are made of!


Ooh-la-la! If you haven't seen the Fancy Nancy books for little girls you should check them out! So cute! This cake had sparkles, swags, swirls, flowers and even glitter on the mini cupcakes. Each little girl at the party was getting a cupcake on her tea saucer while the moms got the big cake...I thought that was funny (smart mommies)!


Love this type of theme for any age girly birthday! My favorite colors and the flavors on this one were chosen after the customer had some of her neice's wedding cake I made: coconut cake with whipped chocolate ganache filling and buttercream icing. Yummy!


And here's Barbi in all her swirly splendor! Actually doll cakes are a pain in the you-know-what, but the little gals just love them and they are sure fun to look at!



Hope your mouth is watering now...I've always got cake in the freezer if you happen to stop by!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Chili Lunch Success!

We had a great turnout yesterday for the Benefit Chili Lunch to raise money for Kori. Thank you to all who came and/or donated to help support her! Also, a special thanks to all who helped set-up, serve and brought food...we ended up with more than enough and all went pretty smooth in the kitchen.

Our grand total was over $1300!!! Yay! I had great plans to take some pictures, but my purse got put away in the trunk of my car buried under all my Sunday school stuff...so no camera available...sorry! But you can take my word for it...we had a packed house for awhile!

Goofy Tag...

Okay SuzieQ...here is my slow response to your tag...my 4th picture file, 10th photo:


That would be the backside of Franklin the Turtle when I was thinking of selling him along with a bunch of other stuff on ebay. I honestly can't think of anyone else who would actually do this...why am I???? Love ya Susan!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hearts are Healing IV

Kori was supposed to be released this morning! Yay! She and Doug have a "permanent" place lined up starting Nov. 1, but have found temporary housing until then. Here is the latest update from her family and below you'll find a couple I missed straight from Kori:

Oct. 22 9:45 (CST)
Posted 9 hours ago

We weren't able to reach Kori by phone last night, but we assume she is still to be released today. Doug's sister Holly and a special visitor are flying to Salt Lake City on Friday. You might have already guessed that the special visitor is Kourtney. That will be exciting for Kori and Kourtney, also. Thanks, Holly. Kori's sister Kim will fly to Salt Lake on Sunday. Then, Doug, Kourtney and Holly will return to Kansas on Monday and Kim will stay. We are excited by Kori's progress. We still hope that she will be able to return home, even if just for a short while. Many have asked about the training to become a caregiver for Kori. We still don't know when that will be, but we will get the word out as soon as we know.

The prayers, encouragment and the fund raising efforts have been remarkable. Again, words can't begin to express our gratitude. Please continue to pray for Kori, Doug and Kourtney. They still have miles to go before their lives return to some semblance of normal.


October 19, 2008

Posted Oct 19, 2008 7:19pm

This is Kori, typed by Doug. I want to Thank everyone for all of the thoughts, prayers and cards. I also want to give a big THANKS for everyone and all of the fundraising activities that you are doing in Kansas. I am feeling good and up walking around. Physical therapy is kicking my butt. I hope that everyone has a very good halloween and please trick or treat for me. I know that there will be no way to repay everyone for what they have done for me and my family and I really appreciate everything that is happening for us.

October 20, 2008

Posted 2 days ago

This is Kori again. I was able to go on my outing today. We ate at the Macaroni Grill and then went to a spa and had a massage, pedicure and my hair washed. It was wonderful. I also received a lot of cards today. I want to thank the students at Felten Middle School that had Angie Stieben send their cards to me. Tomorrow I will get discharged and access to a computer will be tougher. Most of the updates will probably come from someone else that we talk with. Once again I want to Thank everyone for everything they have done for me and my family.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hearts are Healing III

Here is the latest update from Salt Lake City...posted by Doug (Kori's husband):

October 16, 2008

Posted 2 hours ago

Kori had another busy day. She had therapy 5 times today. This is good for her since she slept real good last night. We also found out that she will be released from the hospital on October 21 or 22. I have found a place to live starting on November 1, 2008, so we will have to find a place to live from the 21st to the 31st. Kori is doing really well. Everyday she is very alert and in very good spirits. On Monday they (the LVAD coordinators) and myself will take her to a spa, so she can get pampered for a little while. She received several cards today, I think they got held up since they only said Kori Bigge. The hospital even had return to sender wrote on one of them. We will stay in contact with the hospital, so hopefully we can get any mail, since she will be leaving. Kori was able to talk to Kourtney today and I think it did both of them a lot of good. Kori is really missing seeing Kourtney and it will be good to get her out here even if it is only a few days.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Hearts are Healing II

I just went and check the updates on Kori after a busy weekend around here. Sounds like she is improving daily! Today she was moved into a rehab room rather than a regular hospital room. Her husband, Doug, and his mom just arrived in Salt Lake for their "turn" to be there with her.

She got to talk to her daughter, Kourtney, on the phone this weekend for the first time since leaving Kansas! Also, she has had more tests regarding her vision and though she is considered legally blind at this point, her dad gave several examples of her seeing things quite well. The doctors do not know if she'll ever be able to drive again, but are hoping for continuing improvement from here on out. Day to day now, she is not spending time in bed, but is either sitting or walking...so good news there.

Please continue to pray for Kori and her family. They have expressed their thanks several times on her website for all the prayers, cards and flowers so I'm passing their gratitude on to you.

Visit www.love4kori.org if you'd like to check out all the fundraising efforts currently in the works.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Politics Today

I typically do not blog about politics--I leave that up to my friend Jason HERE--but in the light of the significance of the upcoming election, I felt I should at least put words to how I feel about some of the current issues and candidates. That in itself presents a bit of a problem, as I find myself lacking in political-ese and somehow unable to form a single intelligible sentence about the facts. Thankfully, that problem has been solved with the publishing of Dr. James Dobson's most recent letter about the current state of affairs in our nation. He has encouraged those of us who share his views to pass along his letter--in it's entirety--so the following is quite long. However, if you'd like to pick and choose, I've highlighted some of the things that I feel are of extreme importance. Read, educate yourself, pray, and above all VOTE!

October 2008

Dear Friends,

Can you feel the tension in the air? The nation—and indeed, the world—is holding its collective
breath as the final days of the presidential campaign wind down and the candidates engage in
one last round of electioneering and debating. By this time next month, we’ll know whether
Senator John McCain or Senator Barack Obama will be inaugurated in January as the 44th
President of the United States.
Considering the stark differences between the two presidential candidates and the critical issues that are hanging in the balance, it’s not difficult to understand why Campaign 2008 has been such a spirited affair. I’d like to take a few moments to consider what is at stake in this year’s election, particularly for those of us who embrace a biblical worldview. Please understand that I will share these thoughts under the umbrella of Focus on the Family Action™, which has supported the preparation and distribution of this letter. Focus Action is, in turn, supported by contributions from those who do not receive tax deductible receipts for them. Thanks so much to you who made it possible.
Let’s start with the need to elect a pro-family, pro-life President. The importance of this objective cannot be overstated. Between 2009 and 2012, there will likely be two or more opportunities for the President to nominate new justices to the Supreme Court. Some court watchers say there could be as many as four resignations. That alone should give us serious pause as we consider for whom to cast our votes. In the months ahead, the Supreme Court will likely hand down rulings that will impact America for generations to come. We need a President who will nominate conservative, strict-constructionist judges to the Court. If that doesn’t happen, the highest court in the land could become stacked—even more than it already is—with justices who will endeavor to legislate from the bench and impose a liberal agenda on the nation. It will likely affect the definition of marriage, religious freedom, and the protection (or lack thereof) of life in the womb.
It’s probably obvious which of the two major party candidates’ views are most palatable to those of us who embrace a pro-life, pro-family worldview. While I will not endorse either candidate this year, I can say that I am now supportive of Senator John McCain and his bid for the presidency. This is not because I am beholden to the Senator from Arizona or to the Republican Party. Anyone who has even a passing familiarity with my views knows that I have agonized at times during this election process, and have been strongly critical of Senator McCain and the Republican Party on numerous occasions. My concern is for the biblical and moral values that I and millions of Americans hold dear. I will gladly support politicians of any stripe who are willing to defend the sanctity of human life, support the institution of traditional marriage, protect the country from terrorism and advance the cause of religious liberty. While certainly not perfect, the 2008 Republican platform comes closest to embracing those ideals by a wide margin.
In recent weeks, I have received some measure of criticism from those who feel that my
“change of heart” toward John McCain is unwarranted. I understand those views and concede
that the Senator continues to embrace positions that concern me. I don’t apologize, however,
for reevaluating our options in this election year. John Maynard Keynes, whose views I have
disagreed with strongly, said this about reversing course: “When the facts change, I change my
opinion. What do you do, sir?”1 In this instance, Keynes’ perspective is correct. Every thinking
person will eventually have reason to change his or her mind as circumstances evolve, as they
have done during this long political ordeal.
There are four primary—and I believe compelling—reasons why I now view the McCain
presidential candidacy favorably:
1. During the “Saddleback Forum” on Aug. 16, Sens. Obama and McCain fielded questions
from the Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren. Senator McCain gave very solid and
encouraging answers to questions about the sanctity of life and the institution of
marriage, whereas Senator Obama came down at the other end of the argument.
You will recall the following interchange during the forum:
Pastor Rick Warren: “At what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?”
Senator Obama: “. . . Answering that question with specificity, you know, is, uh, is, above my pay grade.”2
With all due respect, Senator, if this question is above your pay grade, then so is the job
attached to it.
2. The Republican Party’s 2008 national platform is a remarkably conservative document.3
Indeed, it is the strongest pro-life platform in the history of the party, surpassing even
the pro-life advances of the Reagan years. It was approved and sanctioned by the McCain
campaign.
3. Senator McCain selected an astonishingly strong pro-life, pro-family running mate in
Governor Sarah Palin. Although he could have embraced a liberal Vice Presidential
nominee, such as Senator Joe Lieberman or Tom Ridge, he made the bold decision to
join forces with a VP pick whose views reflect those of the party’s conservative base. I’ll
discuss Governor Palin’s candidacy in greater detail in a moment.
4. The longer the campaign continues, the more concerned I have become with Barack
Obama’s liberal views. Certainly, he is an attractive and very charismatic candidate who
has embarked on a campaign of historical proportions. However, the majority of his
policies represent the antithesis of principles I hold dear. Senator Obama’s record is more
liberal than that of any other Democrat in the Senate4—and that’s saying something!
For example, when he was a state senator in Illinois, he voted four times in three
years against legislation that would have saved the lives of babies that managed to
survive the abortion process.5 The U.S. Senate subsequently passed similar legislation
called The Born-Alive Infant Protection Act by unanimous consent.6 (Obama was not
a U.S. Senator at the time.) State Senator Obama was chairman of the committee that
opposed this protection of babies, and in 2001 and 2002 was the only legislator who
rose to argue against the Illinois Born Alive Act.7 That is an undeniable fact!
My good friend, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum published a scathing analysis
of Senator Obama’s pro-abortion record earlier this year. Here is an excerpt of what
he wrote:
In March 2001, [Senator] Obama was the sole speaker in opposition to
the bill on the floor of the Illinois Senate. He said: “We’re saying they are
persons entitled to the kinds of protections provided to a child, a 9-month child
delivered to term. I mean, it would essentially bar abortions, because the equal
protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child.”8 So according to
[Senator] Obama, “they”, (babies who survive abortions or any other preterm
newborns,) should be permitted to be killed because giving legal protection to
preterm newborns would have the effect of banning all abortions.9
To further underscore Senator Obama’s radical devotion to abortion rights, he has promised
that “the first thing I’d do as president” would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act.10 The FOCA is a devastating piece of legislation that would overturn nearly every local, state, and federal anti-abortion law passed in the last 40 years.11 In fact, it’s so broadly written that legal analysts suggest the bill may prevent institutions and physicians from refusing to provide abortion services by invoking the conscience clause.
Earlier this year, while talking about sex education and abortion, the Senator said the following:
“I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about
values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”12
In other words, a pre-born baby is viewed as a form of punishment, and can therefore be
murdered in the name of convenience.
It is a matter of historic significance that Barack Obama has become the first African-American
to capture the nomination of a major political party for the office of President of the United
States. I applaud that remarkable accomplishment. Nevertheless, I cannot support his candidacy because the positions he holds on moral, social and family issues place him at the extreme left of the political spectrum. What the Senator believes and the policies he would seek to implement are on a collision course with the biblical principles and beliefs I have fought to defend for more than 35 years.
Turning the corner, the significance of Governor Palin to the 2008 presidential race is also
worthy of further consideration. Here is a woman who is a deeply committed Christian,
and who is pro-life not only with regard to her policies, but in her personal life. She and
her husband welcomed their latest child, Trig, into the world even though he was diagnosed
with Down syndrome while still in the womb. Approximately 90 percent of babies with Down
syndrome are aborted,13 but Governor Palin carried her precious child to term and now loves
and cares for him despite the challenges associated with a special needs child. Similarly, her
teenage daughter, Bristol, who became pregnant out of wedlock, could have bowed to cultural
pressure to seek an abortion. Instead, she and the father plan to get married and raise their child together. Governor Palin has been married for 20 years, and by all accounts, she is a portrait of Christian motherhood and womanhood.
As for Governor Palin’s qualifications to be Vice President of the United States and to assume the mantle of President, should that ever become necessary, she is much better suited for the job than the talking heads on the liberal Left would have you believe. She came out of nowhere to win the Alaskan gubernatorial race against a powerful incumbent. While in office, she bravely fought widespread corruption—including that within her own party—in the face of great opposition.
Govenor Palin’s critics suggest that her experience as mayor of a “small town” is somehow a
liability, but it is an asset. In fact, her time as Mayor of Wasilla and then as Governor of Alaska
gives her a greater degree of executive experience than Senator Barack Obama can claim. Her
qualifications to be Vice President, I would submit, exceed those of Senator Barack Obama, who spent only 143 working days in the U.S. Senate prior to announcing his run for President.14 He authored no significant legislation during that time.
I’m sure you have heard the shrill voices from the political Left decrying Mrs. Palin for any and
every reason under the sun. They gloat over the pregnancy of her daughter Bristol and claim it as “evidence” that abstinence education, which Sarah Palin strongly supports, is somehow a sham.
They criticize Governor Palin for daring to hold political office and run for Vice President while
having a baby at home, even though the Left has for decades supported a woman’s right to do
just that. The attacks on Governor Palin and her family in recent weeks have been astonishingly
unfair and mean-spirited. If she were a liberal Democrat, she would be praised and lauded
for making the same decisions for which she is now being criticized. The double standard
is obvious.
Governor Palin’s decision to run for Vice President while raising a baby with special needs has
given pause to some conservative voices as well. Some have even questioned my enthusiasm over Governor Palin’s candidacy in light of these circumstances. It’s important to note that although I have often said stay-at-home moms are vitally important to raising the next generation, I have never suggested that it is wrong for mothers to work outside the home. Indeed, Focus on the Family® has hired thousands of mothers over the years. I have said, however, that if a mother is going to enter the workplace, she and her husband must first find a way to meet the needs of their children. Sarah Palin appears to have done that. Todd, her husband, is actively involved in the raising of their children, and it seems obvious that Sarah will continue to be a positive force in her children’s lives even as she carries out her duties in the political arena. Regardless of your political views, may I suggest that the Palins need our prayers, not our disdain, at this critical moment in our nation’s history.
Senator Obama’s selection of fellow liberal Democrat Joseph Biden (Del.) is also extremely
revealing. While the National Journal ranked Obama the most liberal Senator last year, Senator Biden was ranked 3rd on their list—just ahead of Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, a self-avowed socialist.15 While the Senator of 36 years from Delaware stands in blatant opposition to the pro-family movement, many of you will remember him from his vociferous opposition to several of our finer Supreme Court justices, namely, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Alito and Thomas.
Returning to our theme, America’s future seems to hang in the balance at this time. Our next
President will have a dramatic impact on countless legislative issues. Since being relegated to
minority status in 2006, Senate Republicans have skillfully used the rules of parliamentary
procedure to frustrate many of the Democrats’ attempts to pass bad legislation. To this point,
that effort has almost always been backed by a President who is willing to use the veto pen
when necessary. The threat of President Bush’s veto on hate crimes legislation and issues
regarding the sanctity of life have kept a Democrat-controlled Congress from implementing
its liberal agenda. Will our next President stand up to Congress in the same manner, or will
he side with them, thereby giving the Democrats free reign to impose their liberal values
on America?
It is likely, say the pundits, that both the House and the Senate in the 111th Congress will still
be controlled by Democrats. If that party also takes the White House, a wave of anti-family,
pro-homosexual legislation is almost guaranteed to pass in 2009. The bills put forward and
advanced this year by Democrats reveal where they want to take the country. For example, they
inserted hate crimes language into the 2008 Defense Authorization Bill, but were forced to
remove it in conference, again under the threat of veto.16 While in the Illinois Senate, Senator
Obama voted for a bill authorizing “comprehensive” sex education beginning in kindergarten.
Defenders have attempted to downplay its significance, citing the fact that it called for the
content to be “age appropriate” and “medically accurate”—dubious and subjective qualifiers
given the sensitive nature of the topic and innocence of the audience!17 (When criticized for
supporting this legislation, the Senator was dismissive and said proudly, I quote, “It’s the right
thing to do.”18)
Large portions of the agenda promoted by homosexual activists will also be enacted. The
implications for a federal hate crimes law are clear. People speaking against homosexuality have already been prosecuted under hate crimes laws both in the United States and abroad. If a
federal hate crimes law passes, there will be little to prevent the government from endeavoring
to control and curtail religious speech, especially from the pulpit. It is entirely possible that a
pastor could be charged with inducing a federal hate crime simply by preaching from one of the
many biblical passages that address homosexuality.
Congressional Democrats will also seek to pass the Employment Nondiscrimination Act,
meaning businesses will be forced to accept and condone homosexuality —and possibly
transgenderism—in making employment decisions. Further, business owners, including
religious businesses, will not be able to make hiring and firing decisions based on their
religious convictions. Earlier this year, Senator Barack Obama said, “I will place the weight of
my administration behind the enactment of the Matthew Shepherd Act to outlaw hate crimes
and a fully inclusive Employment Nondiscrimination Act.”19
Finally, I am deeply concerned about the tax and spend policies Senator Obama will impose on
the American people if he is elected, especially in light of the current financial crisis. This is not
the time to be taking money out of the economy, yet, he has proposed enormous new federal
programs and entitlements that will cost multiple billions of dollars. These initiatives cannot be effected without huge increases in taxation on businesses, which will be passed on to the public and to individual families. This will almost certainly require a return of the odious marriage penalty tax that plagued families for 32 years!
The races for the White House and the Congress are hardly the only matters worthy of concern
in this election cycle. At the state and local levels, numerous policies and pieces of legislation
are being put to a vote, and many of them are directly related to family and moral issues. For
example, the definition of marriage is on the ballot in Arizona (Proposition 102), California
(Proposition 8) and Florida (Amendment 2). Voters in Colorado will be given the opportunity
to expand the definition of “personhood” to include all human beings from the moment
of fertilization (Amendment 48). In South Dakota, voters will be asked to ban all abortions
except those involving cases of rape and incest, or when the pregnancy seriously jeopardizes
the life or physical health of the mother (Measure 11). Michigan is considering whether to
legalize embryonic stem cell research, which would result in the killing of tiny human beings.
In California, voters will also get the chance to decide whether minor girls should be required
to give 48 hours’ notice to a parent or adult relative before having an abortion (Proposition
4). Arkansas voters will decide whether to prevent couples living together out of wedlock—
heterosexual or homosexual—from adopting children or serving as foster parents.
These are just a few of the important issues that, depending on which state you live in, will be
on the ballot next month. I implore you to spend the few days remaining before the election
researching the various amendments, ballot measures, and local and national candidates. Then,
exercise your responsibility before God to vote on or before Nov 4. Please, let your voices be
heard. For more information, visit Focus on the Family Action’s Web site at focusaction.org
Regardless of your political views, I want to urge Christians everywhere to be in prayer about
this election. There are many scriptural references wherein King David “inquired of God” when
he was faced by troubling circumstances (1 Samuel 23:2,4; 30:8; 2 Samuel 2:1; 5:19,23). It is
time for Christians everywhere to turn to Him for guidance and wisdom. Find some time to be
still and listen to what He wants to tell you. The National Day of Prayer Task Force, led by my
wonderful wife, Shirley, has embarked on a national campaign entitled “Pray for Election Day.”
All around the country, individuals and groups are being encouraged to gather every Thursday
leading up to Nov. 4 between 12 noon and 12:30 p.m. Spend time with the Lord, asking Him to
guide and direct those privileged to cast a ballot. If you are able, I would also encourage you to
fast and pray immediately before the election. After all, it was the Reverend Billy Graham who
once said that “To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.”20 Amen, Dr. Graham.
This election is about the future of the nation, but it will also go a long way toward determining
the culture your children and grandchildren will come to know. I know you will vote with your
children and your children’s children in mind. That certainly puts the election in a different
light, doesn’t it?
You know my heart on these issues, and I hope you understand that I am less concerned with
politicians and political parties than I am with the timeless biblical principles that those parties have the power to either strengthen or damage. No candidate is perfect, whether in this election or any other. Please don’t make your decisions lightly. There is simply too much at stake. May God grant each of us wisdom as Nov. 4 approaches.

Sincerely,

James C. Dobson, Ph.D.
Founder and Chairman

P.S. Since I began researching and writing this letter, the economic meltdown on Wall Street and congressional reaction to it has occurred. These are, indeed, difficult times for American families and businesses. Thank you for continuing to support this ministry, even though in many cases it has required sacrificial giving. You are helping to keep us afloat during this financial crisis, and we appreciate your contribution and prayers more than I can tell you.

Please share this with your friends and family.

ENDNOTES
1 Louis Uchitelle, “2 Mavericks in Economics Awarded Nobel Prize,” The New York Times, Oct. 12, 2004,
http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/aml6/econ001/pdfs/nobel2004.pdf (Sept. 29, 2008).
Also: Alfred L. Malabre, Lost Prophets: An Insider’s History of the Modern Economists (1994), p. 220.
(Responding to criticism when changing monetary policy in the midst of the Great Depression.)
2 Saddleback Presidential Candidates Forum, CNN Transcript, Aug. 16, 2008.
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0808/16/se.02.html (Sept. 29, 2008).
3 Republican National Committee, 2008 Republican Platform, gop.com/2008Platform/
(Sept. 28, 2008).
4 “National Journal’s 2007 Vote Ratings,” National Journal Group Inc., 2008, nationaljournal.com/
voteratings/sen/lib.htm (Sept. 29, 2008).
5 bornalivetruth.org/obamarecord.aspx (September 2008).
6 frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getpage.cgi?dbname=2002_record&page=S7084&position=all (Sept.
29, 2008).
7 bornalivetruth.org/obamarecord.aspx (Sept. 30, 2008).
8 “Obama Blocked Born Alive Infant Protection Act,” Illinois Federation For Right to Life Daily News online,
April 3, 2008, ifrl.org/ifrl/news/080403/1/ (Sept. 29, 2008).
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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Beauty of Friendship II

Ahhh, back to blogging about friends. I got to be with quite a few old friends from college this past weekend and again last night. It's funny how we all think we are still 19...no aging going on here, thank you!

Anyway, in this post I am just going to put up a few pictures of special friends in my life. These are all recent pix and so if you're not in here and should be...well, we need to take a picture together!!

This is my dear friend Ang who lives in Washington state. We don't stay in touch as much as we should anymore, but this woman was a HUGE influence on me when I was in college, a new bride and a new Christian. She came back for a whirlwind tour of Kansas a couple weeks ago and we met up at a mutual friend's home. You're just the BESTEST Ang!!! Oof-dah!


Meet my sister-in-law, Chrissy (Eric's sis). This snap is at our sister Randyl's wedding and just before Chrissy had her first baby, Will. Our paths don't cross on a daily basis, but when we're together, it's so nice to just "be" and I guarantee she'll make us laugh about something. I don't think she reads my blog, but just in case...Chrissy, you can thank me later for posting a picture of you nice and pregnant on the internet!


Now this lady is certainly special. We grew up just a runway apart out in Cheney. Her name is Denise (hi girl!) and we've been friends since 4th or 5th grade...I still remember buying her a plastic jewelry box with "Denice" spelled out on it for her birthday. We took this picture at our 15 year class reunion last month. She is also a momma to two munchkins and has a great big, caring heart!


As you can tell, these girls are trouble. It was gals nite out for the Vox Dei ladies and we hit PF Chang's on the Plaza. L to R: Kristi, Marcola, Keri, me, Tisha & Maya (my best friend since childhood). We asked some tourists to take our picture together...they said we should stand in front of the horse statue or something but we said "naaah...this is good"...only to then notice the glaring stop sign in the background. I cropped it best I could. You girls make being a part of the Body of Christ just this much more fun!


Finally, this one is a solo picture of my best friend in the whole wide world (close tie with Eric, of course). I think we met the day she was born, and though she's my sister, I don't think I've ever had a day that I wished she wasn't :) ! She is beautiful inside and out and even though we live three hours apart, door to door, our lives are hopelessly intertwined through the miracle of the phone! One day, someday, we hope to live down the block from one another...or who knows, we may be old widows together and move into a posh retirement apartment complex! For now, the phone is awesome, our kiddos are great friends and we each will be adding one more to our families early next year. I love you lots and lots Jodi!

I Did What?!

It's a beautiful day in Kansas City...and just perfect for the garage sale I'm having. Besides that, it's given me time to just sit and work on the laptop...I have actually updated the galleries on my cake website for the first time in four months!! (Jo, I know you're so proud of me). So, if you want to see what I've been doing the last half of the summer or so in cakeland, cruise on over to The Sweet Ladybug. Meanwhile, I'm going to go check on my "resting" kiddos and then perhaps add another post on here before closing up shop!

Have a lovely afternoon!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Hearts are Healing I

Today's update from Kori's dad was so positive that I've decided to change the titles of my updates...let's pray to keep them on the healing side from now on. Please remember to just send me a comment with your email if you'd like the log in info for Kori's website (again, just don't want to post it out here in the wide open). Thanks for understanding! ~Resa

Oct. 7 5:20 p.m. (Mountain time)

Posted 4 hours ago

Kori has had a good day. She is getting better each day. Just now, 3 Doctors came in to tell her that they can take out the feeding tube. I'm not sure why it took 3 to deliver the message, but that was great news. A pump that removed fluid from her chest was also shut down today. She will continue to have this tube in place, but any fluid will just flow rather than being pumped out. She is just about down to the Lvad tube or will be shortly. She has walked twice today, both times farther than yesterday. She isn't exhausted when her jaunts are finished as she was when she started walking a few days ago. One of the Lvad nurses told Kori yesterday that they will take her on a field trip next week. Her Lvad will be on batteries and the nurse (Erin) said they will be out 4-5 hours and will do anything Kori wants to do. She is recovering at a remarkable pace. I think she has amazed the Doctors and staff.

Her vision still isn't very good. Again, I am still not very patient in that regard. She was able to tell one nurse that she (the nurse) was wearing a dark red top and kacki (sp) pants. Kori thought her vision was about the same today. Another CT scan will be done tomorrow and, hopefully, that will tell a little more. Kori and I are going to watch the debate tonight. Marlyn and I fear that we have failed as parents since she chose to marry a Republican! Doug is bringing her an absentee ballot and I will work on her as much as I can before then, but I think he will have more influence than me.

I've had a really good day, also. One aide asked if I was Kori's brother and another wanted to know if I was Kori's husband. I think they may be from the visually impaired wing of the hospital, but it did make me stand up a little straighter.

Again, thanks to all who have prayed for Kori, Doug and Kourtney and offered encouraging comments. I have said this before, but we can never thank you enough. There are hundreds or maybe even thousands of people that are praying for Kori. Your response has been overwhelming. There are many, many people that are putting together fundraising events to help Kori and Doug with expenses. They maybe be here in Salt Lake for up to 2 years. I hope to have more positive news tomorrow.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Hearts are Hurting XIV

Finally, sounds like things are looking a bit better. Praise God for good news!



Oct. 5 7:40 p.m. (Mountain time)

Posted 10 hours ago

I took Marlyn and Kim to the airport yesterday and they both took their laptops with them, so I was without any weapons. Kori was just moved out of ICU to a nice large room with a couch, coffee table, etc. When the nurse in charge was showing Doug and me around the floor, she showed us the library that is close to Kori's room and it has several computers. I'm dangerous again!

Kori is doing very well. She walked about 200 feet this afternoon and sat in a chair for about 3 hours this morning. She is to be walking and doing more physical therapy, but the physical therapy folks says they are spread too thin. Her nurses say they have a problem in getting the required PT for the patients. Some of the nurses are even considering having the Doctors intervene.

Erin Davis is a nurse that is in charge of the Lvad unit and of Kori's care in general. She said that they have never had someone move out of ICU after the open heart surgery to implant the Lvad, as fast as Kori has done. She is much less confused and we can have a regular, normal conversation with her. She realizes that her vision is poor and says that she sees little pieces of things and not the whole picture. But, as soon as I hit the door of her ICU unit this morning, before I spoke to her, she said, "Hi Dad." When Doug came in later, she didn't know he was there until he spoke to her.

Erin also told us if we are able to get a group of people that would come to Salt Lake City to provide care for Kori after she is out of the hospital, they will send a person to Kansas to train a group on the Lvad. Is that great?

I will take Doug to the airport tomorrow. I told Kori she will then be stuck with me. She grudgingly said that will be "ok." I will stay until Doug gets back or Kim might return before Doug gets back. I don't want her here alone. The couch in her room makes into a bed, so I may even stay there a night or two.

Please keep the prayers coming for Kori, Doug and Kourtney.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Hearts are Hurting XIII

Oct. 2 4 p.m. (Mountain time)

Posted 2 hours ago (by Kori's family)

Kori had a CT scan this afternoon to try and determine why she can't see. We were just told by the nurse that she had a stroke. She didn't know if Kori's vision would return or even improve. We are waiting on her Doctor to come in to see her. I don't know what more she is expected to endure. That is all I want to say right now.

Hearts are Hurting XII

I'll sum up the latest updates in my own words since I've missed posting a couple.

Kori is now off the ventilator and starting to come around and be more alert. She is having conversations with family and has even been up to sit in a chair. She is still a bit confused and is having some vision issues that are being checked into. The confusion is partially from coming out of the heavy sedation of drugs.

Her family is looking for an apartment for her and Doug to stay in as they wait for a transplant. It is going to cost about $1000/month to rent...and they now think she may have to wait 12-18 months for a heart to match. During that time, she may have to have yet another open heart surgery to replace her current Lvad machine (which has a certain lifespan). Her insurance is covering most of the operation costs and some of the drugs she needs, but it's a bit mind boggling to think of all the expenses this type of procedure will create.

There are several groups of friends organizing fundraisers for the Bigge family. I am helping out with a group of other Pitt Staters. So far we have dates set for a Chili Luncheon (Oct. 26 in Belton, MO...metro KC) and a Bowling Night (Nov. 8 in Cheney, KS). I will post more details about these as I get them and you can always contact me for more info.

Thanks, everyone, for keeping Kori and her family in your hearts and prayers!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hearts are Hurting XI

Sept. 28 12:25 p.m. (Mountain time)

Posted 5 hours ago

I just did an update and I think it is lost somewhere in cyberspace. When we arrived at the hospital this morning we were told that Kori suffered heart arrithymia once during the night and then again this morning. She was shocked each time to return her heart to the proper rhythm. That wasn't the news we wanted. She is still on the ventilator, but there is some hope she will get off today. She hasn't had any problem with bleeding, which was a major concern. She isn't out of the woods for bleeding problems, but it hasn't been a problem so far. Kim just came out of Kori's ICU unit (only 2 at a time, please) and said they were trying to bring her out of sedation. Every time they do that, she gets uncomfortable and her pain level increases. Her body has been through so much, 2 open heart surgeries in less than 2 weeks and various other procedures. She needs time to allow her body to recover. Please continue to pray for Kori and Doug and Kourtney. We do appreciate your comments and encouragement.

If you would like to leave a message for Kori or her family, please get me your email address (using the comment post on this update) and I can give you the info to log on to her website. A fund has also been set up for tax deductible donations for Kori at Stockton Nat'l Bank. If you wish, send them to the SNB, c/o Kori Bigge Medical Fund, PO Box 511, Stockton, KS 67669. I am in the process of setting a date for a chili luncheon fundraiser...watch the posts for more info. ~Resa



Friday, September 26, 2008

Hearts are Hurting X

Even as far away from the situation as I feel, this sure has been a day spent on edge. I cannot fathom her families' emotions as they ride this roller coaster!


Sept 26 4 p.m. (Mountain time)

Posted 2 hours ago

Kori came out of surgery at approx. 3 p.m. The surgeon said overall, it went well. They discovered a hole in Kori's heart that had to be repaired. The surgeon said that this was minor, compared to everything else. He also said that the right side of her heart, previously the healthy side, has also suffered from the strain of working so hard. Hopefully, it will recover. The surgeon seems to think that Kori doesn't have Peripartum Cardiomyopothy. He thinks she just had a major, major heart attack. He said she shouldn't have survived. It was good that it happened with a cardiologist right beside her. We can see Kori in about 15 minutes as she is now back in ICU. They are most worried about bleeding in the next few days and will probably keep her sedated through the weekend. On the other hand, they want to get her awake as soon as they can to check her cognitive function. The chance of problems there are more remote, but still are a concern.

If all goes well, Kori will probably have a transplant by the end of the year and will have to stay in Utah for another 6 months after that. For about a year, someone will have to be with her at all times. There is a remote chance (probably very remote) that her heart could recover and that she would not need a transplant. I can tell you that is what her Dad is praying for. Please contine to pray for her.


Hearts are Hurting IX

Well, I sure wish I wasn't up to the ninth post on this topic. Kori had surgery this morning...here are the details:

Sept. 25 10:10 p.m.

Posted 11 hours ago

I just prepared an update and when I attempted to post it, it disappeared.I will try again. Kori will undergo surgery at 6:30 a.m. Utah time (7:30 a.m. our time) to implant a permanent Lvad device in her chest. This device is battery operated and will allow mobility. This is deemed a "high risk" procedure. The Doctors are concerned about bleeding or a possible stroke. The plan is for her to be in intensive care for next week and then move to a regular room. At that time, she will start some type of rehab, but I am not sure exactly the nature of it at this point, She will have to stay in Salt Lake City for 60-90 days, but should be able to leave the hospital. This is all prior to any transplant.

Kori has suffered additional damage to her heart, after the heart attack on Sept. 13, evidently yesterday morning when she underwent the procedure at Hays. That may partially explain why the nurse reported that Kori was doing well and her heart was working and then 5 minutes later Dr. Benton said she needed to be transported and prepared for a transplant. There is still a possibility that Kori's heart could recover, but instead of 50% it is now less than 10%. It would be nice for some good news for a change.

Please pray for Kori; she needs your prayers now more than ever. Also, keep Doug in your thoughts and prayers. This is very difficult for him. Kourtney is with Doug's sister Beth and her family in Russell. We know she is in good hands.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hearts are Hurting VIII

Not good news this time around. My heart just weeps for Kori and her family. This post if from her dad, Tim. Her mom is Marilyn and sister is Kim, all mentioned below.

Sept. 25 11:30 a.m.

Posted 42 minutes ago

Marlyn just called from Salt Lake City. Kori had a very rough flight last night. They had to fly at a low altitude because her body wouldn't tolerate normal ones. An echocardiogram was done this morning and showed the the left ventrical wasn't working. She will have surgery tomorrow to inplant the permanent Lvad unit and they are starting the process for a transplant. Kim and I will fly from KC tomorrow. This is all too much to take in. Every time we think there is hope, we get bad news. Kori was such a strong, healthy person. How could this happen to her?


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Me & My Midwives

So this post is a short break on Kori's updates, though I did see she is on the plane to Utah tonight and her family is feeling very discouraged after today. Your prayers are appreciated!

I have a predicament...first of all, being the natural gal that I am, I have been under the care of just the BEST group of midwives for the last six years. They practice with a group of physicians in Kansas City so I really get the best of both worlds. Eric appreciates that our babies have been born in hospitals (for backup emergency care) and I love their natural approach to pregnancy and childbirth.


The problem is, this time around, the midwives at this practice are no longer attending births or providing pre-natal care. Super bummer! Basically it boils down to the fact that I really, really, really like my midwife and the philosophies of midwifery and don't like the office telling me I have to see a MD instead (can you visualize the stomping of my feet?!). I actually have my second visit tomorrow (and first sono) and am deep in debate whether to stay at this practice or switch to somewhere else where I can be under the care of a CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife).

Okay, now that I type all that out, it seems obvious that I just need to put some effort into finding a new midwife (sob...I want Jeane!). The doctor they assigned me to is great and all...and probably more granola than most, but it's just not the same. I keep thinking about labor & birth and imagine having one of the other dr's that I know nothing about being on call and there for only the 5 minutes it takes...bright lights, no soft music, bossing me around. With as fast as I had Kai, they probably won't even make it to the hospital in time anyway...I'm hoping WE make it!

Okay, see...blogging is just good therapy...now I know I need to start a new search for a midwife (like I really have time for all of that), but I think I'll feel much better about everything. BTW, baby is 16 weeks now...according to babycenter he/she is about the size of an avocado and I should be able to feel the flutterings anytime...I'm excited--but not about the fact that I can barely squeeze into my "big" jeans!

Hearts are Hurting VII

Sep 24 10:40 A.M.

Posted 15 minutes ago

A QUICK POST.....KORI'S HEART FUNCTION IS STILL AT 30%. THEY ARE GETTING PREPARATIONS AROUND TO TRANSPORT KORI TO SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH. IF ALL PLANS COME TOGETHER, SHE SHOULD BE THERE BY THIS EVENING.

I AM SURE TIM WILL POST MORE LATER, BUT I KNOW SO MANY HAVE BEEN WAITING TO HEAR HOW THINGS WENT THIS MORNING.

PLEASE, PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR KORI, DOUG & KOURTNEY AND THEIR FAMILIES.

-HOLLY (I think this is Doug's sister)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Hearts are Hurting VII

Sept. 22

Posted 33 minutes ago

The test results were positive, but not quite as good as we had hoped. The left side of Kori's heart is now functioning at 30%, not the 40% we had hoped for. They didn't take her off the Lvad machine. The plan now is to try again on Wednesday. Dr. Benton said this was still encouraging. One part of the left side of her heart isn't "squeezing" as strongly as it should, but, hopefully, it will improve. This afternoon, Kori will be allowed to see Kourtney. Kourtney hasn't seen her Mom for 10 days. Please continue to pray for Kori, Doug and Kourtney.