Thursday, March 29, 2012


It's been a rough week. Can you guess where we've landed ourselves?

Yes. Under the sea is no place we want to be. I don't have much time, as I have to get back to the PICU, but I wanted to let you know a little of what's going on. 

Aviana usually bounces back from surgery like it's nothing. This time was different. She wasn't acting herself and then before long, she was downright inconsolable. In doing her (what we were told would be a quick and easy liver biopsy) they missed her liver and accidentally nicked her colon. When we found out, we were beside ourselves. Of course this happens....never % of the time!!  Well that explained all of the pain she had been experiencing. 

We immediately brought her in, and what followed ~ gosh I can't even put into words right now. I'm still quite shaken, and emotionally exhausted from the whole ordeal. The short of it though was we were once again faced with having to make life and death decisions, family meetings, and all of the sort. Needless to say, it was a really draining day. 

Aviana ended up being rushed into surgery and everything went smoothly. She is recovering in the PICU and will be there for about 5 days. Hopefully no longer.

I have to go for now, as I need to get back to her. If you could please send our girl all the love and prayers you have, we would appreciate it. I feel so much sadness when I look into her sweet face. She is a human pin cushion. Not just that though, she has so many cuts, slashes, gashes, dents and holes all over her little body. It truly sickens me. I can't help but think when they handed her over to us in Guatemala, she was perfect in every way.  

She doesn't deserve this kind of life!!!

She had finally fallen asleep right before they wheeled her back for surgery.

After surgery.


  1. This Grammy's heart is breaking for your family. Just know that I am praying for your sweet Avi and for your very special family. Blessings, Vicki

  2. Oh that poor, sweet girl. She'll be in our prayers and hearts. *hugs*

  3. Jen,
    I am blown away by this awful news. Unbelievable! I hope that she starts to feel much better soon. I will pray for her and you guys. Just horrible. ;(
    Sending you and Avi love and hugs!

  4. Oh my dear God she does not deserve this one bit. That sweet Angel...such a precious soul. I am sending every prayer and every inch of love and good energy I have right into her dear sweet eyes.

  5. That is horrible. I have been checking the website every day wondering why there hasn't been a new post and now I know why! Dear God, please give our Avi and her family a break, they could really use it right about now.

    Thoughts and prayers are with you all ♥

  6. Jen, I'm just so sorry. Mom is so sorry. We're just so sorry and worried about you. I'm just so sorry. And I know this is not even REMOTELY on your radar but please, don't give us even one second of thought. Next time. I love you. Aviana looks so beautiful and innocent. So not fair.

  7. Absolutely horrible, I can't believe it. So damn unfair that they could make a mistake like that on a child and family who has already been through so much. My heart just aches and aches for Avi and you and your family. Oh jen, I can't even put into words how I feel... You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love you,

  8. Unbelievable!! I'm trying not to be horrified at this turn of events, but I am. I don't know what "enough" is, but I know she reached the "enough" point a long time ago. She is one very strong little girl and you two are, also. I will, of course, keep praying for her and you, but I think a magic wand is needed, too!
    Love you guys lots and lots,

  9. Oh my gosh, your sweet baby girl does not deserve all this crap! Jen, how do you do it, hold it all together...I think I'd be a complete mess. I mean, I've been there, done that...but once we were out of the hospital, we never returned. We moved forward, she got better as the days passed. But to have to revisit it all heart just goes out to you. Aviana is in my prayers EXTRA extra extra today.

  10. Many, many prayers for beautiful, innocent Avi and your family. I hope that knowing so many people care and are praying helps lessen your emotional pain, Jen.

  11. I am so so sorry that Avi has to endure even more. I pray for Avi and your family every day and many extra prayers as you deal with one more terrible ordeal.

  12. You don't know me at all, but I started reading your blog somehow! LOL I do pray for your sweet, precious baby girl and you and your DH. I just can't imagine what your family is going through. {{{HUGS}}}

  13. I'm so sorry to read of all the struggles Avianna has been dealing with, and also you and Dave. I will pray for your sweet little girl. I've been away from home, dealing with my older parents' health and memory issues. Sad in its own right, but to have your child going thru these serious issues has got to be sad and stressful. God wants to give you rest..."Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest." Needing some of that, myself tonight. Take care and know many are praying for your Avianna.

    Nancy in the Midwest

  14. I can't tell you how sorry I am to read this! She so does not deserve this, and neither do you. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Im also one that doesnt post much,but,your blog is the first thing I read when I sit down at my computer each day:o)I found your blog through the Guat adoption community "somewhere".I have a soon to be 13 yo princess from Guat that came home at 17 months old.

    I admire and sometimes envy your strength!
    I so pray that your family would get a break & I believe you will,you JUST have to!!

    You said "I can't help but think when they handed her over to us in Guatemala, she was perfect in every way."

    Jen, Avi is still perfect in every way, She was especially made for you & Dave ,you are both perfect in every way for Avi, hang tight and just keep loving her as you have always done.
    Sweet Avi ,GET BETTER SOON!
    Love, Cindy

  16. Jen, Dave, Avi, and Rainey,

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, especially Avi. Please dont hesitate to give me a call or text if you need anything.

    Love you guys so much,

    Steve Remedios and Cooper too

  17. I'm so sad to read this. I hope you have a short stay. Hugs to all of you.

  18. I am in shock. I cannot believe that the doctors would allow this to happen. I am angry for you because this was so unnecessary. My grandmother's colon was perforated by her doctor during a routine colonoscopy so I have some idea of how serious this type of injury can get. Thankfully they caught this somewhat quickly.

    I am praying for strength for you and Dave. And for Avi not to be in pain, and for no infection. The bible says God is near the broken-hearted so I know he is near to you.

    "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18

  19. Back again today, to continue to pray. Please give them the big blessings God. Give them your very biggest blessings God. Remove them from this strife and strengthen and heal Aviana. Please.

  20. I am so sorry to hear this. I hope Aviana will recover quickly and that there will be no more terrifying decisions for you to make. My son has had emergency surgery before and I know how scary it can be.

  21. I have arrived at this blog not sure how and have been reading and reading.
    I am so sorry to have this be my first comment but needed you to know you are all in my prayers, wishing for strength and healing.
    Much love from Canada

  22. Sending you love, strength, prayers and healing. Poor, sweet Avi. I've been reading your blog for a few months I think - my daughter has a brain injury also. Thanks for keeping us posted.
    Praying for your sweet girl.

  23. I cannot believe all that little girl has endured. Saying prayers for Aviana as well as for you and Dave.


  24. Jen & Dave,
    So sorry. Sending prayers and kisses your way. Please call or text if you need ANYTHING, I'm here if you need me. Hugs to Avi for a safe recovery and to you and Dave for strength.

    Sue Remedios

  25. Praying for Aviana.

  26. Still Praying for all of you. Sending my love.

  27. oh my gosh how awful, I guess ther'es no reason to ask "why?" I mean seriousley obviousley life is not fair or this wouldn't be happening to her. Thinking of all of you.

  28. I thought of you guys shortly after waking up this morning, I continue to pray for healing...

  29. I am so sorry to hear that Avi is having such trouble. I know you feel like you are treading water but just keep swimming! It will be over soon and just another blip in the radar. I hope she is feeling better soon and that you all get to go home. My thoughts and prayers are with you!