Surgeons must be very careful when they take the knife!
Praise to be the Lord God Almighty!!! What a blessing from heaven that everything was orchestrated “just right” our boy is better! Thank you all for praying for healing for him and protection for our house! And our girl is out of the hospital and we are all under one roof… Just like we like it!! We will be working on controlling her pain and keeping her busy. She will see the surgeon on Tuesday of next week. He will let us know then if she can go back to school then. I am posting a few pictures of the hospital stay below… I am so tired I will post more stories later… Again thank you so so much!!! A special thanks to Aunt Rosie and Melva for your time and and love… We love, love you all Rach
I forgot to mention that Rachel’s cell phone only gets coverage on the top shelf of the tape and gauze cabinet in the supply room on the fourth floor, so… no cell phone unless she’s holding her face just right. Feel free to text message me, and I will pass along messages.
After work, I went to visit, and Minnie seemed like she was doing very well for a first day of recovery. She’s hurtin’ pretty good, but is doing her very best to work with the PT’s, keep moving around, etc. When folks come out of surgery, there are a handful of ‘mile markers’ you must clear before being released.
1) Vitals (we don’t send people home that aren’t stable!)
2) Urinate – Anesthesia puts a lot of your ‘systems’ asleep, and we need to know they woke up and work.
3) Bowel sounds/movement – same reason as #2, and tends to take a little longer some times
4) Pain management – If you’re heavily medicating to manage pain, you’re not ready to go, half because there could be some other underlying problem, and half because most folks don’t walk around their house in a bathrobe with a narcotics IV drip.
She’s cleared #1, and #2, and I believe #3 is ok, but not ‘documented’ yet. #4 still needs some work.
I’m laying my money on a release late day tomorrow or early Thursday, but we haven’t heard any inclination from a Doctor yet, so we must wait and see.
Well, the ‘insomniacs-r-us’ house was up before 0500 this morning for surgery. Took some time to get checked in and rolling, and even longer to see our girl after surgery, but time passed much quicker with the company of my Aunt Rosie, and our new friend from FBCRR, Melva.
I bet Ty enjoyed sleeping in, and later hanging out with Uncle Darrel, and finally getting out of quarantine.
Dr. Williams commented that the surgery went ‘really well’, and I’m both surprised and impressed that he was able to remove the rod with two smaller incisions at each end, rather than one the length of the rod.
Minnie had a rough time waking up and felt rather emotional, which is a relatively common side effect of the drugs given during surgery (I’ve gone under twice, and was a basket case both times) She was rather upset that she couldn’t remember going to kissing corner with her mom and I, and felt rather distraught that she could not recall that or telling her favorite joke in the O.R.
She’s doing quite well now now that she’s fully recovered from the medication.
Her back hurts pretty good, but she’s doing pretty well, considering. We’ll check back in with her tomorrow and see if she’s done any of the post-surgical checklist items necessary to get out. In the mean time, I’ve still got to figure out why Ty has had a fever for a week, and make sure its safe for him to go back to school and play football.