Neal Freeland

Engineering/marketing manager, family guy. My personal blog with a few work thoughts mixed in.


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We are out of the hospital. Amelia’s final echocardiogram showed a well functioning heart, with the technician muttering "nice", "really great," and "wow" each time she took a look from a different angle. This was the same technician who didn’t utter a single comment on the pre-operative echo 13 days ago, and just looked grim as she moved quickly through the process. I imagine her positive post-operative comments were the natural response when looking at the fine craftmanship of a top surgeon. Even though she must have seen this many times before, it still impressed her. Nice.
I convinced the discharge doctor that we didn’t need to come in for a follow up visit here in Cleveland, so we’re boarding a plane tomorrow for the flight home.

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October 25, 2005 at 9:48 am

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  1. CONGRATULATIONS! Oh it just makes me smile as I sit here reading your post and looking at that smiling picture of Amelia. She seems like such a strong, positive, amazing little girl – most clearly a product of you and Julia :). I can\’t wait to meet her in person when you all get home. The McCardles


    October 25, 2005 at 10:18 am

  2. Today I witnessed a miracle. You can too. Scroll backwards through Neal\’s "My Blog Photos" and see the difference in Amelia from her bright, pink, puggy post operative picture to the one 26 back. That was probably her low point. It is easy to be a believer. If it is God, Fate or Karma doesn\’t matter. Just that one understands that there has been too many serendipitous events in the Amelia story–too many to at least not question if it were not directed. I\’m going out and get the book, "The Three Princes of Serendip", maybe it will help me find the answer. PaPa


    October 25, 2005 at 2:12 pm

  3. We are thrilled to hear that you are on your way home!! Amelia looks so wonderful w/ her sweet little smile. She knows she\’s lucky to have you and Julia as her parents, and little Zach as her brother! Can\’t wait to see you and meet little Amelia! Have a safe trip back home. Chris & Stef Schlecht


    October 25, 2005 at 2:12 pm

  4. Neal & JuliaYou are so very blessed. We are so excited for you. Amelia\’s smile has permeated our computer screen. Every time i checked on her, I could not help but smile and know she was going to be O.K.Krissy Addie and I hope to meet Amelia and Zack soon.


    October 25, 2005 at 2:16 pm

  5. Amelia, we just wanted to tell you how special you are to everyone you have touched both directly and indirectly in your life. You are a beautiful little princess who has inspired us all to be strong when we face challenges in our lives. Thank you for your strength and we just hope we can return the favor in teaching you something just as important one day. Welcome home!! Much love, My-Hanh and Thad


    October 25, 2005 at 10:20 pm

  6. Coming Home????Yeah!!!!! Ameilia you look AMAZING! You are an angel, and a gift to show us all the miracle of Life. Thank You.We can\’t wait to see you!Love, Megan~PS. Juls, We finally WON tonight 3/3!!!! Can\’t wait to have you back.


    October 26, 2005 at 12:46 am

  7. Congratulations!!!! We are so happy to hear you are going home! And obviously doing VERY well if you were able to convince the doctor to skip the post op visit. Amelia looks so much happier and healthier than she did before her surgery. Enjoy your little princess and her brother. It is amazing the life lessons she has taught so many people in her short life.Donna, Mark, Dominic, Mia and Lukep.s. Hip Hip Hooray for the Cleveland Clinic. They did it again!


    October 26, 2005 at 10:32 am

  8. Once again I began tearing on sentence two of the daily blog. Thank goodness today they are tears of joy. Julia, Neal… congratulations. She made it through the surgery and things are looking positive. In her picture, she has as much light in her eyes as my little Lucy. I guess I shouldn\’t be surprised given all the love and attention flowing in her direction. Amelia darling, I think you\’re going to be okay.


    October 26, 2005 at 1:39 pm

  9. What wonderful, wonderful news!! Yeah!! Amelia – you are the most beautiful baby girl we have ever seen! You look amazing! We can tell that you are brilliant and strong just like your parents. And such a fighter – go Amelia go! Julia and Neal, we check this blog at least once a day. Thank you so much for keeping us up-to-date. You guys are our heroes! You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Now we will have lots of prayers of thanks!Sending lots and lots of love,Amy, Mark, and Connor Christenson


    October 26, 2005 at 6:30 pm

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