Surgery Tomorrow

Gabrielle has definitely improved since I last posted. Thanks so much for all of your prayers and words of support. Her blood pressure and temperature have returned to normal and she is again taking in fluids and food. She has grown much more irritable over the last few days and is having trouble sleeping at night. She really just looks pathetic at times and I am so glad tomorrow is the final stage.

The plan for tomorrow’s surgery is still up in the air. We have not seen any seizures since the resection a week ago. Gabrielle has been taken off all of her anti-convulsants to see how the spiking over her motor-sensory area responds. The doctors are hesitant to remove such an important area if the seizures have stopped. The concern is that spiking could lead to the return of seizure activity in the future. If we see seizures in the next 24 hours we will proceed with further resection if we do not then we will proceed conservatively and remove all the grids and close her up.

This decision is obviously in God’s hands. So many bible verses have flooded my mind over the last several days. Among these:

Proverbs 3:5
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.”

Matthew 6:34
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Philippians 4:6
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Psalm 46:10
“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

And so I am constantly reminded to seek God, trust God, and worry not because He is Lord and He knows the path we should take. So we will sit in our room the next 24 hours continuing to wait on God. Waiting for Him to reveal His decision to us and praying the peace that passes all understanding will be ours.

I will update tomorrow.


  1. Margaret says:

    Kelly & Duff – thanks so much for the update. Gabrielle has been on our minds all the time. Your plan sounds very sensible. We’re going to pray for no more seizures in the next 24 hours. I can’t wait until you can all go home again!

    Margaret and Graham

  2. Shelley Conner says:

    Kelly and Duff, I have been praying for you both, Gabrielle, the doctors, God’s devine intervention and anything God lays on my heart! I love you guys and know that our God is craddling you and Gabreille in His Wonderful Hands!

  3. LeAnn Jackson says:

    Kelly and Duff…we think of you constantly as we too, sit in our hospital room. I know our situations are very different but the same in the fact our hearts hurt for our little babies and what they are having to endure. Continue to trust in the Lord for His will is perfect. Our prayers are with you!


  4. Anne Wright says:

    Kelly and Duff,

    So good to hear from you and receive an update! I’m so glad that Gabrielle’s temperature and blood pressure have returned to normal! I have been praying daily that God will clearly tell you how it is best to proceed with the next surgery. What great news that there have been no seizures………I’ll pray that it stays that way. Stay strong and now that you are cosntantly in our thoughts! So many people are cheering for Gabrielle!


  5. Wonderful news that there have not been any more seizures. Praying for clarity from our Father for you guys.

    Sending love,

  6. The Ditto's says:

    Dear O’Melias,
    Thank you for the update and good news on Gabby’s improvement. We continue to trust God with you and in prayer for you and Gabby.

    Love in Jesus Christ our LORD,
    The Dittos

  7. Court and Karen Weathers says:

    Kelly and Duff,

    May our awesome LORD, King of Kings, reveal His perfect will to you. Praying for no more seizures. May the peace of Christ be yours tonight, may you and little Gabrielle rest deeply.

    In His Grip,

    Court and Karen Weathers

  8. Rick, Becca, Emmie and David says:

    Duff and Kelly,

    Your family continues to be in our thoughts and prayers.

    -Rick, Becca, Emmie and David

  9. May God lead the way today! My prayers are with you!

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