Surgery is Scheduled

Gabrielle is scheduled to be admitted on Wednesday, June 25th for surgery. We found out today that pre-surgical testing needs to be completed at NYU at least 1 week prior to surgery. Gabrielle is scheduled to have all of this testing done June 17th. This means we will be leaving this weekend to drive up to CT so we can be in Manhattan on Tuesday. We will then have a week reprieve in CT before heading back to NYU for approximately 3-4 weeks.

Duff purchased an Apple laptop today so that he will be mobile and able to work easily from different places. The other children will be well taken care of by our awesome families. The challenge at this point is finding an affordable place to stay in Manhattan. Duff and I basically need a place to sleep and shower between shifts at the hospital. An organization called FACES offers free apartments to epilepsy patients but they are booked until September. The Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan focuses primarily on pediatric cancer patients but I did contact them today,as well as a social worker, to see if they might consider taking us in. We have looked into sublets which are wicked pricey at 4,000-5,000 for the month. We also received a list of more affordable accommodations from FACES that we will look into tomorrow. We’re not too worried knowing that God will somehow work things out.

I will update as I know more.


  1. Cindy & Mark Francis says:

    Wow! Things are moving fast. We will certainly miss and pray for you all while you are away from us.

    I had a thought about accommodations. I wondered if a hostel would be available and/or acceptable. I had a roommate that stayed in hostels in Europe and they were clean and safe. There might also be some churches that have connections for somewhere close (and safe) to stay. Never hurts to ask.

    Well, just a thought. Keep us posted.

    Love, Cindy and Mark

  2. Wow, safe travels! Let us know if we can help hold down the fort while you’re gone. Need us to clean your house or something?
    I’m sure purchasing an Apple laptop was quite painful for Duff. His arm must have been twisted hard. I wonder if he took a picture of himself with his new toy in front of the Apple Store?

  3. Jen Moretz says:

    Your faith is truly inspirational, and I mean that with all sincerity. Reading about all you are going through with Gabrielle and how it seems to be making your faith stronger actually gives me perspective during the tough times I am going through. Thank you for this blog and for updating us regularly.

    Have you checked into craigslist to see if anyone would do a home swap or something? I’ll also contact a friend of mine who works with a lot of nonprofit organizations to see if he knows of anyone who could help. I’ll also contact my church.

    I love you guys and will continue to pray for your family!

    Jen :)

  4. Shelley says:

    Kelly and Duff,
    I am so glad that this is moving forward and there is a plan in place. We will pray for a place to stay and all the aspects of pre-op and surgery. We love you guys!!
    Shelley, Aaron and Melissa

  5. Hi Kelly…I’m SO excited for you guys. I know this will be the last chapter to your book. Everything seems to be
    falling into place very nicely. I will be thinking about you daily. And I can’t wait to hear some GREAT news.
    XXOO From Indianapolis

  6. Margaret says:

    We’re thinking about you guys now and tomorrow. We love you!


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