Cheznycah Westby: I would like to begin by saying that there aren't enough words in this language to express the joy and happiness we have been given every time I look into my daughter's face. Please meet Deon Jael Readus. Born February 4, 2008, 6 pounds 8 ounces, 19 1/2 inches long.
So, our journey begins. In November 2003, I went to my GYN and asked for an IUD to be placed. Within the first 3 weeks, the IUD slipped out of place and perforated my uterus. I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I would need surgery to have it removed. I was 24 years old with 2 children and a lot of emotions. I was scared of surgery and very upset at what had happened. I made a very unwarranted and hasty decision to have a tubal ligation while they were in my body removing the IUD. Looking back on that decision, I wish that my doctor was not so quick to agree with me and could have taken a look a my overall state of being and seen that I was unstable and a emotional wreck and talked to me a bit more before the surgery was done.
Needless to say, the surgery was done and my tubes were tied. I was okay with the decision for about 2 years. I didn't tell my husband that I was having second thoughts, because, for some reason, I thought he would be upset with me. I went on with my daily routine having the baby blues. I decided to push the thoughts further away, because I was in school and I needed to concentrate on school and graduate with honors. (I am a perfectionist when it comes to academics.) So, I graduated school and where did I go to work... Riley Children's Hospital. I am a respiratory therapist in the NICU. I spent my nights holding babies and snuggling with babies and wishing for one of my own.
By this time, baby blues have taken over completely. I finally told my husband. And to my surprise, I was not alone. He was wanting another child too. So, I began my research into tubal reversal. I spent over 6 months calling all different places and getting information. I came across Dr. Richard Levin's website. Before I could get all the way into the heart of the information, I had a calm feeling that came over me. I knew right away that this is the clinic for our family. I poured over the information in detail. I shared it all with my husband. We had our phone consultation with Dr. Levin and when we were finished with the consultation, I knew we had to get the money to have this done.
Luckily for us, it was open enrollment time at work and I enrolled in the Flex Spending Account. I called the clinic excited and made the appointment and paid the bill. As the day approached, we decided that we were going to do this as a family. We took our older 2 children out of school, Caylin 12 and Marcus 9. We packed and got in the car. We made the 2 hour drive south to Kentucky and checked in. Our day was finally here, March 19, 2007. Dr. Levin and his staff was so nice and caring. Words can not express the level of caring and concerned they showed for not only me, but for my family as well. The day after the surgery, Dr. Levin and his nurse came to our hotel room (beautiful room and beautiful hotel). They not only spoke to me, but they addressed the entire family. What more could we ask for.
We followed the instructions perfectly. And in May of 2007, we conceived our 3rd child. Tears of joy were flowing everywhere in our house. Our hormone levels were fabulous and Dr. Levin and staff were extremely supportive. We found out that we were going to have a baby girl. On February 4, 2008, we said hello and welcomed Deon Jael Readus. She was 6 pounds 8 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long. She was perfect in every way. Now it is 1 year later and I can not belive that she is here. She is definitely the missing part to our family and I can not see our lives without her in it. She is a joy to have around and her siblings just adore her.
Thank you Dr. Levin for your meticulous work and caring attitude to help us complete our family. I recommend this team to anyone in our situation. THANKS!!!
Cheznycah and Marcus Readus