Friday, February 10, 2006

Dateline: Children's Hospital...Report from the Trenches

Wednesday's surgery went well, though recovery's been a bit of a roller coaster ride. Amazingly, E was up and talking that night, responsive, even cracking jokes. Yesterday, however, she awoke from a nap groggy and disoriented.

An angiogram had been planned for the afternoon to confirm proper positioning of the anerysm clips. Physicians used the test as a diagnostic tool instead to see if new bleeding had erupted. If so, this might be a cause of E's disorientation.

Since the procedure would take a couple hours at least, we hung out at Ronald McDonald House with P's folks and S, trying to keep busy until someone called us from the hospital. Took till 6 before she rolled back into the room.

We called the shuttle and raced back. We paced the room, waiting for E to wake up, not knowing whether she would recognize us when she did.

The wait felt like days. Little by little, as the anesthesia wore off, E emerged. She was lucid and on task. And most importantly, her sense of humor was intact.

Today has been a MUCH better day. E slept well last night. This morning, she ate crackers and sipped Sprite. She had a good lunch and kept it down. She's napping now after sitting up and kneading Play Doh for an hour or so.

God is good.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You know we are praying for the entire family. E is a survivor.