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We made our first trip to the hospital today.  We discussed the issue of our payment plan, received the unfortunate news that it appeared we might not be able to get any grants to cover the surgery (keep praying about this), and we paid off part of the bill.  [BTW: If you do want to help defray some of the costs of Kane’s surgery just click this sentence.]

On a more positive note we saw Kane for about an hour.  We walked outside with Kane and the doctors and learned how to help him pee by squeezing on his bladder- fun times.  We saw some improvement in him placing a small amount of weight on his hind legs- YEAH!

Then we went into a comfy visiting room where Sasha prayed for Kane and we hung out together for a while.  Here are some of the pictures and video from our visit.

How about the cutest thing first?  Here is a video of Sasha and Kane together- sorry for the no sound, our digital cam stinks.

Next, the surgery scars

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That is Kane, the black and tan one in the background hamming it up.

Surgery is complete.  Is wasn’t perfect since he did have some spinal degeneration and fusing consistent with his age.  However, the vet was able to remove the flap of bone that was causing his spinal cord to bulge.  His spinal cord is now running straight as an arrow.

Now we are waiting to see if he can fell pain tomorrow.  Even better if he can move his legs tomorrow.  I will take a trip into town tomorrow to meet with his neurologist and of course visit the billing department.  I hate to say this again, but since this wasn’t cheap, if you feel you can afford to help and feel led that way we sure could use the assistance.  We would love to get together about $1,000 from donations if possible. We are also looking into grants and charitable organizations, but have found nothing thus far that will work.

Please keep praying about those grants and also pray that Kane will not only feel pain tomorrow but that he shows signs of movement and control in his hind limbs.  Thanks to everyone!

I just got off the phone with the head neurologist.  The news is mostly good.  Kane will need surgery.  His chances of a significant recovery after surgery are 80-90%.  However, he has apparently had this disc problem for a while so there is some kind of significant build up around it that could cause some complications with the surgery- making it harder to remove.  Please pray that Kane’s surgery is successful and if you can help us with the cost of Kane’s surgery please click here to see how and where to donate to Kane’s surgery fund.  Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement.  We are almost out of the woods.  We will know more in about six hours.

and in case your wanted to see how we play with our dogs in this house, just click the read more button

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First, thank you ALL for your prayers and kind comments over the last two days.  You have helped us immensely, and your thoughts and prayers have been a greater blessing than we could ever hope to thank you for.  But I must say the words that can’t possibly repay you, THANK YOU.  If only I could give each and everyone of you a big hug.

Since Kane’s care doesn’t come cheap, and some have already asked if they could help out with a small donation, I decided to post a link here for those who want to provide some financial assistance for Kane’s care.  If you want to help us pay for Kane’s treatment (MRI, surgery, etc.) please click on the link below which will take you to PayPal.

Help us Pay for Kane’s Treatment

FYI: Current estimates for Kane’s care are $2,000 to $2,500 for his diagnostic treatments (x-rays, blood tests, MRI, exams, etc.) and, these numbers aren’t solid since the diagnostics won’t be completed until tomorrow, about $2,000 to $3,500 for surgery- depending on what he needs.  We will know much more by tomorrow when he has his MRI, but the doctors think it is best to take him straight from his MRI to surgery- if it is required- since it is best to only put him under anesthesia once.

If you want to cut out the PayPal middle man (or you simply don’t have a PayPal account) just email totaltransformation@yahoo.com and I will gladly give you an address where you can send a check or money order.  I appreciate all your help- and our whole family thanks you for your prayers and donations.  Keep in mind that since I am NOT a 501(c)3 organization your donations are NOT tax deductible- even if they are enormously appreciated.

A page from out adoption photo album. It features Kane and Lucius.

UPDATE: Kane is going for his MRI at 2:40 p.m. and will have his surgery immediately afterward if it is required.  The spot on his lung turned out to be nothing and his blood work looked great.  Praise God!

Blessing 1: Kane is being seen by one of the best doggy neurologists in the nation.

Blessing 2: The hospital IS WILLING to work out a reasonable payment plan.

Blessing 3: We MAY be eligible for charitable funds through the hospital- Please, keep praying for this!

PRAISE GOD!

“I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;”

Psalm 121: 1-3

I talked to my wife’s relative who is a vet in Florida and he told us that the vet we talked to this morning was wrong (if you wanna catch up on what happened earlier, just click here for the first post).  He said we had to get Kane to a doggy neurologist A.S.A.P. as there is only a 24 hour time window for spinal cord injuries.  I immediately called and got him an emergency appointment at the NC State Animal clinic- for those who don’t know NC State has one of the best vet training programs in the South.

We took him there about 9 p.m. and we didn’t get back until midnight.  As we drove Sasha said a prayer as she pet Kane’s head, something like:

Dear Jesus, please heal Kane.  His butt is hurt and his legs don’t work too good.  I just want him to feel better and run a lot again.  Thank you Jesus for Kane.  I love him.

When I got done crying I told her that her prayer was very sweet.

When we got there a vet came out and got him quickly.  We were VERY BLESSED since the dog neurologist, who wasn’t supposed to be in at all tonight, happened to wander in to get something from his office and took an interest in Kane’s case.  Both vets (the resident and the neurologist) gave him a complete neurological work-up.  These vets were more positive, they think he has a ruptured/herniated disc in his spine.

Despite this good news, there is one significant problem.  We talked about pricing options and we found out that we have enough money/credit to pay for his required pre-surgery prep (which includes MRI’s, blood work, etc.), but when that is done we don’t have enough to pay for the surgery (they cost about the same amount, $2,000-$2,800 for each phase). We have a lot of tough choices to make, please pray the Lord gives us wisdom and strength.

First thing tomorrow I will be on the phone with the billing folks at the vet hospital begging and pleading for a payment plan- which I’ve been advised they don’t often do thanks to past deadbeats. I’ll be posting to keep you guys updated.

Although most of the big ticket items of the adoption process are being paid for by L.F.S. and grants from the state, we are still facing a significant amount of costs for various and sundry things ranging from a fire inspection to medical exams. After you read through this list, I ask that you please add the prayer requests (listed at the conclusion of this post) to your prayers for the next several days. (more…)

I’ve written about our family’s dream several times on here before.  For those of you who need to catch up, check out the links below.

A Farm of Our Own

Setting Our Goals

Also Scroll down to the bottom to see a Brief Summary.

Caught up?   Good.  So here is the idea.   Anyone who can afford to share a little just drops a bit in the donate button below.  Who should do this?  If you have some spare change laying around in your PayPal account (or in that jacket you haven’t worn for months) you would be a good candidate. It is all up to you.

You see, I am very curious what could happen if the hundreds (possibly thousands) who have visited this sight over 52,000 times donated a dollar or two towards a fund to help us achieve this dream.  What do you think?  Maybe we could have a good part of our down payment ready to go.

So you ask, what’s to keep me from blowing all the money on booze and comics?  Well, just my word.  I would hope that after almost ten months and tons of embarassing pictures, you guys would know how much a share without reservation.  If anything I am TOO truthful.

If you don’t want to donate, no hard feelings.  Well, maybe a few.  But for those who do, thanks.  Let me know if this whole PayPal things works, I’ve never used it before.

DONATE

Warning: This donation is NOT tax deductible. 

What will we be doing with the money?

1. Down payment on a piece of land- small to medium acreage (30-60 acres).  We are still locating the right piece of property and we are waiting to see where I end up in two to three years with my Ph.D.

2. Run a small scale animal rescue (dogs/horses).

3. Combine the animal rescue with a program for at-risk youth.  We are still learning lots about this, and it is very interesting stuff. Click here to read about one such pet training program currently employed in prisons.

4. Run a fully operational ranch and/or farm (depends on the land) where we can sell a portion of our agricultural returns and donate the rest to local individuals in need as well as local charities.  Some ideas we have include orchards, crops, milk, and eggs.  There is a big learning curve on all this stuff and I spend much of my limited free time reviewing books on these subjects.

5)  Care to make any suggestions to fill this space?  Anything I missed?  Drop a note in the comments section.

God bless you whatever you give- including those of you who give nothing.

BTW, for those of you skittish about PayPal, you can email me and drop a few small bills or a check in the mail.

I am currently suffering from a lot of pain in my chest and shoulder.  This pain isn’t anything like a pulled muscle.  No, it is identical to the pain I experienced last year when I found out I had Shingles.  However, this pain is on the opposite side of my body.  I can feel pain shoot across the nerve from the middle of my chest to my right shoulder.  The pain gets so bad it is almost paralyzing for a few seconds.

Pray for me that this isn’t shingles, and shingles was a pretty miserable disease AND the anti-viral drugs were quite expensive.   Also, pray this isn’t anything worse than shingles.  Thanks in advance for your prayers and kind comments.

What will I be posting over the coming week (assuming my shoulder doesn’t get worse)?

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I would have posted earlier, but my wife didn’t want me to blog about these blessings until we watched them play out a bit more.  However, I can’t contain my joy any longer and after spilling the beans to Neil over at 4Simpsons a week ago, I am going to share God’s gracious actions in our life with all of you.

As all of you who read this blog know, my wife and I have decided to pursue adoption.   Our choice (and our agreement) resulted from a rather miraculous experience- and I don’t mean simply the miracle of getting your wife to agree with you (you know what I mean husbands).

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