Sunday, May 1, 2011

We were robbed-- Surgery and bad MRI results-- When it rains it pours:(

On Friday night while we were all asleep in bed, we our home was broken into. It was a very windy night so when the burglars pried open our kitchen window it was drowned out by the sound of the crazy wind that we had been hearing all night. The burglars came in the kitchen and stole my purse (with my wallet, work keys, jump drive and tons of other stuff), Kevin's wallet, I-phone, two of our laptops and then brazenly went upstairs into our bedroom where we were asleep and took our laptop on our desk in our bedroom just a few feet from where we were sleeping. A few other things were also taken. They then found my car keys in my purse and stole my Honda Odyssey Van. We did not realize things were missing until about 9am Saturday morning when we were getting ready for hockey. I was upstairs and Kev asked if I had his wallet and phone and I said no but went down to look in my purse and realized my purse was not there. We then started looking around and realized computers were missing and a few little things. Kevin went out to the side of the house trying to figure out how they got in and as he walked by the driveway he saw a large empty space and thought-- where is Christy's car-- sure enough, it was gone!! We immediately called the Police and they arrived shortly after and took a report and dusted for fingerprints. We didn't realize initially that they came upstairs but this morning I asked Kevin where my computer on my desk in our room was. He didn't know and we asked the kids and no one knew and I knew it was there on Friday because I used it but it was gone. We searched everywhere because the last thing I want to think is that that horrible people were in our bedroom while we slept but unfortunately the computer is gone and it always stays in our bedroom, therefore we must assume they were brazen enough to come into our room-- that scares me more than anything.

Needless to say, this has been quite the ordeal. Besides feeling violated and having to clean up the mess of reporting cards stolen, getting new drives licenses (will get those on Monday) dealing with trying to get a rental car with no drivers license and no credit card (BIG PAIN-- still don't even have a rental yet-- Monday) and explaining to our kids that a bad person broke into our house and stole our stuff and car, I am also having to deal with the fact that my work keys were in my purse and the purse was stolen. Mia is a little freaked and was a little teary eyed this morning before church asking why someone would do that. It's hard explaining it to the girls-- the boys are fine- but I can tell everyone is a little on edge-- especially Kev and I. The problem is Kev is having his hip replacement surgery on Thursday and this surgery has been scheduled for months so he is concerned with getting our house protected before he is out of it with surgery. This is going to be a hard next few days trying to calm our nerves and get our life in order BEFORE Kevin's surgery. We have a ton to still do and I am not a nervous person in anyway, but I am very anxious and nervous right now. I don't like feeling like this.

OK, besides the break in and Kevin's life changing surgery on Thursday, we had Finley's MRI results on Friday morning and unfortunately, things were much worse than we thought. While she is exceptionally high functioning (because the Spina Bifida was so low on her back -part of her butt crack) her spinal cord is very tethered to a bunch of fat in her spinal column and when she grows she will begin to lose function. The neurosurgeon said she is already being stretched quite a bit and is surprised she has not lost function at this point. Really we don't know if she has or not because we have only had her since January so we don't know if she has lost function over time-- because she is so functional, but maybe she has lost function we are not aware of. He said that it is not the question of IF she is going to need a detethering surgery but rather WHEN and he is inclined to do it sooner than later because she is already so stretched. We are having another neurosurgeon look at her MRI results on Monday but more than likely we are going to have to proceed with surgery soon. There are a couple bladder function and bowel function tests that must be done before her detethering surgery and both those tests require her to be under general anesthesia (with breathing tube so it will be better than her being put under for the MRI) so we are going to have to get those done ASAP as well. Also, when they do the 6 hour detethering surgery they will coordinate with a plastic/reconstructive surgeon and they will work on making her lipoma more natural. So in all, the surgery will probably be about 8 hours and we have neurosurgeons and plastic surgeons schedules to coordinate to get this done. With the 2 other tests and the schedules to work with, I cant imagine she will be having surgery anytime before mid June but we will see. I'm worried about the surgery but more worried about doing nothing and having her spinal cord stretched and her losing function-- therefore I don't understand waiting for the surgery as opposed to doing it now. Anyway, I will let you know what we decide but for now I'm just glad we know what needs to be done and we can now move forward.

So, as you can see, when it rains it pours in our family. I am trying to stay positive but it is not easy when things are just off. Emotionally I feel on edge and am just really worried about the break in and them coming back again and Kevin's massive hip replacement surgery and then the worries about Finley's surgery, and oh ya, my OBGYN wants me to have a couple procedures that carry recovery time as well (obviously going to hold off on those for now). If you could lift our family up in prayer, we would appreciate it. We are so thankful that we are all ok and that the robber did not have a confrontation with any of us but we are also having a hard time with the violation. Pray they find my van-- that is huge since I live out of my car and we planned on driving it for many years to come and cant afford to take on a new car loan.

Thanks for listening and sorry to be a total downer, but things are not too cool right now. I will keep you updated on any info on the robbery and the surgery issues.


Christy :)


  1. Christy, I am SO SORRY for all your family is going through right now. I wanted to let you know that our 5 yr old had the detethering surgery when she was only home 4 months. I'd be happy to answer any questions or offer any support I can. She has no long term issues, although she did drag her leg before surgery and no longer does. Thinking of you all!!

  2. So sorry to hear about everything going on - praying for your family, Cathy

  3. I am sooo sorry my friend..
    I am sending prayers your way..
    things will work out..
    Love you tons..
    Wish I was around to help you out..
    Keep your spirits up..

  4. Christy,

    Heartbroken for your family. I pray that the thieves disregard any and all personal information and hopefully find something that will make them come clean - find the Lord!

    Lifting up Kevin and Finley too! Praying for a quick recovery for Kevin and good news for Ms. Finley!

    Pleas keep us posted! Sending hugs your way (& prayers!)

  5. I am so sorry about everything going on right now. It is a blessing that everyone is ok. I will keep you in my prayers. I don't know what to say. I don't know if you remember us, but you met us at the White Swan during your stay with Mia at breakfast. Your poor hubby was on crutches then. We will also keep him in our prayers. Please keep us posted because we are visibly shaken for you.

    My hubby said I-Phones have a tracking device on them. Might want to look into that. Might find those creeps.

    God bless you and your family.
    Prayers and Hugs from CT
    Caroline, John and Hannah Grace

  6. So sorry for your trouble. I'm sure you have thought of this but have you had your locks changed on you house. It sounds like they must have your keys.


  7. Ugh. Bless your heart! I am so sorry about all of it. I will be praying for your family.

  8. Sorry to hear about this attack on your family. I will be joining with your family and friends for peace and restoration during this time.

  9. How scary and horrible! Saying a prayer for your family, especially making those scary decisions for little Finley! Take Care, Cora

  10. Oh Christy, my heart goes out to you and your family. I will definitely keep you guys in my prayers. Please keep us posted.


  11. I am very sorry for this difficult time your family is experiencing. Stay strong! You are in my prayers.
    Ania from Poland.

  12. There will be something good that comes out of this, though I don't know what it will be. I'm very sorry for all that you lost, for your sense of violation, and for your feelings of insecurity now. I'm very glad that the kids slept through it and that all they wanted was "stuff". As for the other, I'll pray and cross my fingers for you that everything is successful.

  13. Christy we are praying for you and your family as you struggle with everything. I would definitely call the cell phone company, since they can locate the postion of a phone. Know that there are many people praying for throughout the country and in other parts of the world. Lots of love and prayer.


  14. Oh Chrsity...I am so sorry that all of these things have happened and that they are all happening at once. I will keep you all in my prayers. I have had a few times in life when things have piled up like this and it has helped me to write down 3 blessings each night on my prayer journal to keep my eyes on God and the good in my life. When everything looks so bleak it is hard to do tis but it has gotten us through some really rough patches.

    So sorry about FInley's results too. Praying that the surgeries create the best possible outcome for her.


  15. Christy,
    I am so sorry! Will be praying for all of you!

    P.S. LOVE the family photos!

  16. Christy:

    I was so sad when I was reading your post this morning, and will be praying very hard for you and your family.

    Take care.


    P.S. Bruce and Jake love looking at the photos of Mia and Finley. They say they're "very pretty".

  17. I am so sorry you are walking through this now. Praying for peace.

  18. I am so sorry!! I can't imagine NOT being on edge after someone was in your house and bedroom!! I am praying for will come...just takes a little time. I am also sorry about Finley's report. I know how upsetting that can be. We got a bad report from Wesleigh's urologist this week. It has shaken me, but I know we'll get through it and do what we have to. I'm going to email you.

  19. Mike says you have bad karma in California and there is a house for sale in our neighborhood.... OK, that's my attempt at a little humor...really my hearts just aches for you...I wish there was someway to tsing tso on the phone or cyber!!! LOVE AND HUGS for you guys!! and I think that makes are DONE!!!

  20. Oh my! I can't even begin to imagine what you are feeling right now...just know you and your family will definitely be in my prayers. It is a horrifying thought to know someone was in your bedroom while you were sleeping...apparently someone else was there too protecting you from any harm. Thank you Lord for keeping this family safe.

  21. I am so sorry..I can not imagine what how you are feeling with ALL that you have going on. Your family is in my prayers.
    My sisters house was robbed last week and she said knowing someone went through your "stuff" is awful. Your husband is in my prayers as is Finley and your whole family..hugs to all of you!!

  22. I am so sorry Christy and Kevin! No words other than I am sorry, and I promise to lift you all up...
    For recovery of your things, for healing for both Kevin and Finley...

    Blessings as you try to focus on Him during these trials that are staring at you...

    Try to look up and remember that God has promised to be with you... Even on the darkest of days!

    Hugs from MN,

  23. Will be praying for you and your family. That healing comes quickly for you all and a hedge of protection surounds you and your home. God bless.

  24. Oh my gosh Christy! I am saying prayers for you and your family as I am typing. Please keep us updated! God Bless!

  25. Christy,
    I am so very sorry your family is going through so many things at once....each one is hard enough on its own. I will be praying for your family...comfort during this time.....healing emotionally and phyically....and peace for you all.

  26. I am so sorry to hear this. Sending hugs and prayers from Nebraska. Hang in there!

  27. Hi...just came across your blog. So sorry to hear about the break heart started to race just reading it so I can't even imagine! You have a darling little family...we too adopted a little angel from Northern China 3 years ago...AND I'm a school psychologist! :) I will pray for your family!

  28. Christy~ I'm so sorry to hear that you're having to deal with all this. Unbelievable! I'm glad to read that they found your car and that kevin's surgery went well and the good thing is that hip replacement surgery is usually very successful. I'm sure you're doing all you can and will make the best decisions possible for Finley. You are a fantastic advocate for your kids.

    Lots of hugs and hope for smoother days ahead,


  29. SO sorry for all the stresses & what you are going through!!! Glad to hear Kevin's surgery went well. Will pray for sweet Finley to have just the right team come together to help her through this surgery / recovery. Love from KY.