Thursday, July 3, 2008


So great day again.

We had a third opinion done and he agreed with us.  His resume is below:


Dr. Brian Lange earned his Medical Degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1984, followed by his general surgery residency at UW Medical Center and Swedish Hospital Medical Center. After completing his residency in 1989, his vascular surgery fellowship year was spent at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Boston.

Since 1990, Dr. Lange has been practicing vascular surgery in Seattle and has served on the teaching staff of Swedish Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Lange is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the Puget Sound Vascular Society, Pacific Northwest Vascular Society, American Association for Vascular Surgery, International Society of Endovascular Specialists, Seattle Surgical Society, Society for Vascular Ultrasound, American College of Phlebology and King County Medical Society.

The third opinion went much different than expected.  He thinks/thought we should wait it out if not a problem.  He was very concerned with her skin lesions and think we should be getting on that right away first.  If you haven't read the blog......this is the answer I have been looking for.  He suggested we move Carol to Harborview (the wound/burn hospital in Seattle).  Becuase of that harborview has been consulted again today.  The idea of moving her there has come a couple times every week since she has been there.  But she hasn't been stable enough to move.  She is now.  Of course I am concerned a little bit if I am just trying to hear what I want to hear....but I don't care, it just feels right to me.  Either way we are waiting a bit on the feet. 

Carol was very sleepy all day today.  She did not answer me at all today, until I asked about 730 tonight if she wanted to see Safiya.  She shook her head yes.  She we got to bring her in for a second time. Carol loved it.  I held her up to Carols face and Carol started kissing her cheek.  I laid Safiya next to her for a little bit.  Carol fell asleep after that.

We will call it a day after that.  Good day....hopefully we can get Carol to harborview next week.  For those not from here, Harborview is associated with uw, and the va hospital.  They are state run.  It would in General not be my first place to send Carol, but it is the place to go here for burn and wound healing.  Hope that helps



hatch said...

I am so happy that Carol was able to have her sweet baby Safiya near her today. It sound like a beautiful sight. Carol has so much to fight for, and Carol can do this.
Also Scott I know that you should follow your feelings on these matters. You are in tune to Carol and her needs. Carol is in my thoughts all day everyday. As well as her family. Thank-you for keeping all of us posted it means so much to all of us. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to help you.
Kim (Johnson) Hatch

Ally Van Leuvan said...

We are so happy that Carol and Safiya got to visit each other today. It's so therapeutic for both of them.

It's great to hear that Carol is stable enough to be moved to Harborview. Burn/wound care is so specialized, so it's ideal to be where the specialists are - if possible.

It makes sense,if her feet are not causing any complications right now, then the focus should be on the issues that are. Your intuition has been very good....keep trusting your gut.

We are grateful that you have amazing family support. It tempers the difficulty we feel being on the other side of the country. If we could we would jump in the Iroc with Mahtee and Heatha, and zoom down the boulavahd to be with you.

Love you.
Ally & Pete

Scott & Carol Decker said...

Nice Ally!!

Stephanie said...


I agree. Trust your gut. We are so happy that Carol got to snuggle with Safiya again...I hope it can happen more and more.

Do you want me to ask Arthur to ask anyone at Lahey about
Dr. Lange? Arthur works at Lahey.


Scott & Carol Decker said...

Sure Stephanie!!

Dawn Bowerman said...

I love that Carol gets to be with Safiya. When I was in the hospital, it meant the world to me to get to see Lucy. I felt terrible that I couldn't take care of her and be with her. If you have a picture of Carol to put in with Safiya I know it would make Carol feel better. She is such a wonderful mother, it's not surprising that she would use her energy asking to be with her daughter.
One of the last times I was with Carol was at her nana's home and she was there with Chloe. She was so caring and loving with Chloe that during such a sad time it made me feel so good to be around them.
You are really awesome, Scott-keep following your instincts.

Amy Storch said...

Bravo Scott!

Be prepared for Carol to love you more than words could ever express. You are such an amazing advocate for her.
I love that she kissed Safiya. How sweet and natural.
It's great to see Carol look more comfortable.


Candie said...


That is so great that Carol got to see Safiya! I'm sure that helps Carol alot!
Thank the Lord for the 3rd opinion. My prayers have been answered. Stick with you gut, you know what's best for Carol.
Harborview is an amazing hospital, she will be in the best of hands there!
Keep doing what your doing and take care!

Candie (Russert) Lansing

Erica said...

What a wonderfully touching picture of Carol and Safiya!! Thank you for sharing that!