Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful for so many things

Well, to start this off, Lindsay has had her best day yet!!! She was her normal self today and was simply delightful. My heart is just so full right now with happiness because of her perfect day. She had no fever and didn't vomit once!! WHOO HOO!! We were also told today that she is able to be listed on the transplant list as ABO too. What that means is that she would be able to accept a heart no matter the blood type. That opens so many more doors for her. There is still the fact of the antibodies, etc. but she had her first dose of Rituximab and did fantastic. They were looking for allergic reactions but she didn't have any. My daughter is my hero!!!!

This Thanksgiving I really can't even put into words what I'm thankful for because it is so much! This is probably why I'm such a blubbery mess these days because you can't help to think that this could be our only Thanksgiving with Lindsay. Of course you never want that to be true and you want to have many, many more, but then I think of all of the other heart families out there that don't have their babies to love during the holidays and I feel incredibly blessed to still have her here on earth. Every day is a gift and we try to make each day the best it can be because we cannot predict what will happen tomorrow. As we are thinking of that, please put Connor in your prayers tonight. He is linked on the right. He is not doing very well and doctors are not giving him a very good prognosis. We have become good friends with his parents, Michelle and Eric, and would like you to include them in your prayers. I can't imagine having to make "the" decision but here in "heart world", that can happen at any moment and I pray that God is guiding them through this and making it easier for them.
I am typing tonight with all of my boys SNORING!! in the background! ha ha I love having them all in one place and look forward to some wonderful family time this Thanksgiving. We have so many things to be thankful for and all of you are included! We thank you for being apart of our lives and caring so much for our family. We wouldn't have made it this far without your support. We are eternally grateful. May everyone have a blessed Thanksgiving and please be safe!
Love to you all,


Stephanie Winter said...

Suzie, You are my hero!! I am so blessed to call you my friend. Good job Lindsay! I hope you have a wonderful turkey day with those turkey brothers of yours! Remember, with God, all things are possible (Luke 18:27). Love you all! Praying for all your requests.
Steph and family

Maggie Geiger said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I think that Lindsay is everyone's hero! She is surely amazing. I'm so glad that she is doing well and we will continue to pray for her strength!

Dan,Maggie,Ben,& Alli Geiger

aimee gillespie said...

So glad to see that Lindsay is doing well today. There is definitely a lot for everyone to be thankful for today!

I feel so blessed that our paths crossed again after so many years and that you all have opened your lives to share this experience with us. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it. Lindsay, and your whole family, has been a blessing to us as well!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Aimee, Steve, Ryan & Hannah

Jonathan said...

So glad to hear that Lindsay is doing well today. My name is Laura Groen and I heard about your Lindsay through Rebecca. My daughter Lindsay entered heaven's gates 6 months ago. Rebecca gave me your email address and I tried to send you an email but I got it back. I would love to email you directly because I have something to share with you. My email address is If you get a chance I would love to chat with you. I will be praying for you all today.
Laura Groen

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, that is good news about Lindsay, she is a fighter. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love Retta and Wade

Unknown said...

Happy Thanksgiving Suzie and family! It is such great news to hear the latest on Lindsay. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mark and Maya Pardee

Elaine said...

To our dear friends Suzie and JR,

The tears are flowing here in is an honor to be your friends who have become family. We love you more than words can express and sharing this amazing time in your lives, while sometimes sad or difficult, is one of the greatest blessings ever in our lives. You and Lindsay have made our lives more precious and more meaningful. You are an inspiration to all of us...I strongly believe that God brought us all together at this time to love and help each other, which is magical.

Happy thanksgiving with all of your family together,

God Bless you,

Love, Elaine, Bill, Cara, Warren and Avery

Katie said...

Happy Thanksgiving to the Deans! Thinking of you all today and thankful we have you as part of our "heart family". I'm so happy to hear that Lindsay had a great day yesterday...praying for many more to come!

Anonymous said...

Hurray for Lindsay!!! She yet again pulls through like the tough little cookie she is. I am reminded today (and everyday that I read your blog) just how blessed my family has been to never have to go through such hard times as you have. But I am going to be thankful today for the amazing Doctors, Nurses (and you) etc... who have been doing everything they can to make sure Lindsay will have many Thanksgiving's and Christmas's here with mommy,daddy and her big brothers. I will surely keep Conner and his family in my thoughts and hope that he too may amaze all of us.
Enjoy your time together as a family today!

Stephanie Winter said...

william says happy thanksgiving.
garrett says get better soon and we are praying for your new heart.
we all love you!
William, Garrett, Maggie Sue, and Steph and Dr. Bob

Anonymous said...

Hi Dean Family,

I am so happy to read your post and see how well Lindsay did today. We are praying for her to continue her good progress. Keep the faith and we will all continue to pray for all of you.

Have a great weekend,and give Cole, Cruz and Lindsay kisses and hugs from all of us.

We Love you all,

Steve and Tina

Uncle Dan said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so proud and thankful to have such a strong little niece! Lindsay is my inspiration each and every day that I wake up and thank god for being able to be her uncle. I am so thankful to have such a strong BIG sister, Suzie, and such a strong brother in law, JR. You have no idea what role models you both are as parents for your children. If I can be only half of the parents you are to my kids I know that Braeden and Camden will be raised well. I love you all and wish I was there with you! I will continue to pray for all of you and I can't wait to see you again soon.


Uncle Dan

Anonymous said...

For Lindsay, Jeremiah 29:11

We're glad you had a good Thanksgiving, with more thanks to come.

Love, Tricia, Brian, and Anthony Shaff