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It's Sunday and we've been discharged! Gracie is amazing!
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2014
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Saturday: Say cheeese! Gracie puts on her 'funny face' for the first time post-surgery. She is feeling a LOT better as they let us take a walk around the halls without the nasal cannula! Poor girl didn't want to go back to her room but hopefully the doctors will see her doing so well and discharge us soon. Here's hoping for tomorrow! We can't wait to see how she does when she takes a breath of fresh air! We take so much for granted.
Sunday: Good morning to the sunshine. This little spot on our hospital floor is becoming Gracie's favorite place to look out the window into the clear, blue outside. This morning she is doing much better still. They let us take off the nasal cannula again and she's still in the low 80s. A good Sunday morning it is. Maybe today she can breathe the fresh air outside...
Discharged Sunday and back with her family! Gracie's color is looking really good and she will only improve as she grows and gets stronger.
We were discharged on Sunday!

We are so happy to finally be back with our family! We missed them enormously and we were more than ready to be back together again. We are still in Charleston and will spend the next few days letting Gracie rest and continue to recover. We have a followup appointment at MUSC one final time on Thursday before heading back to Greenville on Friday. We are ecstatic!

What happened?

Friday and Saturday we were discouraged because Gracie seemed to be doing so well with her sats but we needed to stay on for a few more days. As I indicated in a prior post, nights are particularly difficult because of our inability to get a good night's rest. And we knew that with the weekend coming, things would slow down considerably at the hospital. So, we braced ourselves thinking we would need to wait all the way until Monday before we could possibly be discharged. But Gracie's condition really skyrocketed on the Saturday when the kids came by to see her. When she saw them coming, she just lit up! She LOVED having them around. We were able to take off the nasal cannula for a bit and she of course loved that feeling! So by the time Sunday rolled around, we were given a bit more leeway in removing the nasal cannula so that we could take her for walks in the stroller up and down in the hallways. She particularly enjoyed the beautiful view of the outside from one of the windows. It was a gorgeous day and just taking in the view was therapeutic. As I say, her condition just kept improving and the weekend doctors felt it was safe enough for her to head on home -- on that day, Sunday! Incidentally, her sats have settled in the low 80s. We'll take it!

High risk. Higher rewards.

We are so thankful that I don't know how to adequately express it. Jamie and I have been reflecting on the correspondence we had with our cardiologist and doctor before we adopted Gracie from China asking their opinion of her condition from the limited medical information we had at that time. Some of the words used in the correspondence included "would appear that she would not be a surgical candidate or that she would be very high risk" -- and, "very complex congenital heart defect.. uncertain whether it would be amenable to repair." Even still, at the time we felt it was the right thing to do. Understanding full well that even if eventually she did not survive, it would have been much better for her to enjoy the blessing of being part of a loving family, albeit for a short time, rather than to remain alone in the orphange.

We are so blessed. God is so good.

God has been so good to us and especially to her. She not only got the green light for the surgery itself but came through with flying colors. She is no longer blue. She no longer labors in her breathing. She is a loving, vital member of our family, and she is much beloved. She and Martin will grow up together in the "same boat" and will be there for each other as they continue their journey with their unique challenges of heart patients. We are so blessed! Why were we chosen to travel this fascinating road? Why was Martin born with half a heart? Why was Gracie abandoned so early in life? And why did God allow our paths to cross?

All for His glory and all for our good, of course.

".. prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." (Malachi 3:10).

Gracie's Surgery Photos

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Gracie is recovering but more patience is needed
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2014
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She is worn out but wakes up every few minutes to make sure her favorite "Martin video" is playing even though she's dozing off to sleep. She must've played the same video hundreds of times today. Doctors got a kick out of it.
Gracie getting an echocardiogram. The technician says what Dr. Bradley did is a work of art. It's all a bunch of colors on the screen to me but he insists that it looks so clean and perfect. What a blessing!
Another day at the hospital. Gracie had a big X-ray done this morning. It was our job to keep her "still" for the 10-minute scan. The size of this scanner is intimidating for anyone let alone a child!
We are still in the hospital, in the wing of the Children's Hospital affectionately known as "The Floor." Any pair of parents who have both tried to stay overnight in one of the rooms will know that it is aptly nicknamed. Well, today is Saturday...
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Surgery a success! No more blue fingers! Gracie is a survivor.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014
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No more BLUE fingers! For the first time in her life, she has healthy, pink fingers! Oxygen saturation in the 90s and probably settle into the 80s. Much better than 40s!
She's a survivor! She came through the surgery and is doing really well with recovery so far.
Dr. Scott Bradley is Gracie's amazing heart surgeon. We are very grateful for skilled surgeons.
The surgery was a success! Yesterday was a great big day for Gracie. For the first time in her life she no longer has blue fingers, blue lips, or blue toes. She is a pink little baby girl! That was the very first thing we noticed when we finally...
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Back in Charleston for Gracie's open-heart surgery
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2014
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Our sweet Gracie -- a few days ago at her pre-op at MUSC. For a "heart baby" she really is all heart. Waving and blowing kisses to everyone including the pictures of people on the computer screens.
On our way to Charleston! Deja vu, all over again.
In Charleston. The day before Gracie's big surgery.
We are back in Charleston. Actually, we were back in Charleston just a few days ago for Gracie's pre-op. It was at that time we had the opportunity to meet with Gracie's surgeon, Dr. Bradley, to get it directly from him what he thinks will need to...
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Gracie's heart catheterization and a trip down memory lane!
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013
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Deja vu .. all over again. But this time with Gracie.
Getting ready for the heart cath. Gracie has a sweet and friendly spirit normally, but not so much after the procedure.
Recovering after the 6-hour heart catheterization.
Gracie had another visit to MUSC for a heart catheterization. We were here almost two years ago for the first time with Martin. Walking down those halls felt like a total repeat of history. After 6 hours in the cath lab, the doctor informed us...
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Gracie Jane Eun-Hye Lee

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An orphan no more, Gracie is finally home with her family!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2013
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Gracie is beginning to understand what it means to be a part of a family. She loves the kids. And the kids love her.
Getting on the plane to head back home -- finally!
We are home! We finally made it back home late Thursday night after a very long trip from Guangzhou to Shanghai to Detroit to Greenville. Gracie did well on the 3 flights but was understandably very tired and so Jamie had the arduous task of...
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Trip to China

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Mission accomplished. We are done and are ready to go home!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013
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The wonderful lady who helped us get the medical expedite and who was our guide in China. She is amazing!
Severe heart condition. Either truncus arteriosus or tretralogy of fallot.
A picture of the other adopting families in our Bethany group in Guangzhou.
Today is our last day in Guangzhou, China. When we arrived on Saturday night, it was late and we were exhausted. The next day we were at the medical exams. And just yesterday we had our US Consulate appointment. Today we are waiting to receive...
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Trip to China

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Today we head to Guangzhou! Leaving Gracie's home province.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013
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Mommy getting a warm hug from Gracie at a local Children's Park in Xi'an.
She adores her Mommy!
Our little Gracie's oxygen levels are very low. Today was the lowest we've seen at 61% according to the pulse-oximeter (normal levels are in the high 90's, Martin's levels are in the 80's). Pray we can make it back home safely especially on the long, stuffy 14-hour plane ride from Shanghai to Detroit. It'll be wonderful to be back home.
Today, we are leaving Xi'an, which is in the Central region of China, and are heading to Guangzhou, which is in the Southern region. This means three things. First, Gracie will be leaving her home province (Shaanxi) for the first time. Second,...
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It's official! Today was the official day of Gracie's adoption.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2013
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It's official! This certificate makes our adoption officially legal!
With the director of the orphanage in Baoji, a very nice man. Gracie does smile for us every once in a while and it's wonderful to see it! If she thinks we're funny, wait'll she gets a load of the kids!
Gracie has bonded remarkably well with Jamie just within 24 hours. It is an answer to prayer really. The next two weeks will be an important transition time for Gracie.
Today was a big day. 11/11/13. Today was the day that Gracie's adoption became legal and official in the eyes of China. Ironically, we were told that today is also "Single's Day" in China -- a celebration of all single people (the "11"...
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Trip to China

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Gracie Jane Eun-Hye Lee is finally with us!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2013
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Getting ready to meet Gracie!
Our first encounter with Gracie. A little shy and unsure about us at first.
Gracie's Nanny from the orphanage was very sad to see her go.
From Jamie... Thank you all for your prayers. It is 1:30am our time and Gracie is sleeping peacefully. What a day! We met our guide and our driver and they took us to the civil affairs office to meet Gracie at around 4pm. When we walked in we saw...
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Trip to China

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