Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I"LL BE UPDATING HERE THROUGHOUT TUESDAY. SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATES!
8AM Good morning friends and family! We hope that you are still rejoicing this morning after what we are SURE was God's miraculous hand at work during the surgery. Just think, Brady is supposed to be on a ventilator right now in an ICU and he is breathing on his own!!! Amen, Amen, Amen!!! This obviously will shorten his recovery time and give Matt and I so much precious time with him awake!
I came back to the Ronald last night at about 9:30pm. They were still waiting to put Brady into a room, but he was resting comfortably. My wonderful hubby can sleep pretty much anywhere, so he stayed last night. I just got word that Brady did pretty well all night. He would wake up here and there asking for "mommy or daddy" but Matt said he was pretty easily soothed back to sleep. We are hoping to hear more from the doctors today.
Areas for prayer as we continue on:
1. Praise!!! Thank you Jesus for showing us Your awesome power and exceeding all expectation in regards to the surgery. Thank you for guiding the surgeons and for making it possible to remove even part of the spinal tumor.
2. Pray that Brady's pain will be well managed as they want him to try and move around today.
3. Pray that Brady will still free of infection and any other post surgical complications.
4. We continue to pray for complete healing from cancer. There will be tests upcoming and we know that our journey is not over. Certainly we pray with the full belief that God can make anything possible!
Matt and I can't tell you the peace that we had yesterday during the surgery. Knowing that SO many are praying is a powerful feeling and God certainly was faithful in easing our burden as we continually laid them down to Him. Thank you all for being right here with us even though so far away:)
11AM I put two pictures up of Brady at the top of this post. The first is from right now. You can see the chest tube coming out on the left. He is also getting a blood transfusion which you can see coming in on the right. He is resting comfortably and they are hoping to get him up when his lunch arrives. He has had a few crackers and some juice. When he wakes up he comments on what he sees and is very aware. Matt just took a walk back to the Ronald to shower and change. He's hoping to get back before the Dr. L stops in.
5:30 What an afternoon. We got transferred up to the regular pediatric unit on the 9th floor. Within 5 minutes of being in the room I realized our "roommate" was not a mentally stable person. Let's just say we are in a new room now and apparently not the first people to be moved out of that person's room. Our new roommate is very nice, our room is very comfortable, and we feel much better about things. Brady has been up and down today. He is in pain when we have to move him or change his dressing. It is hard to pick him up as usual because his incision is on his side, so putting your hands under his arm to hold him is painful. An area of prayer is for Brady's right eye. It appears swollen and saggy a little. One risk of this type of surgery is Horner's Syndrome which can affect your eye. We just have to kind of wait and watch it. This syndrome isn't a major deal, but also doesn't always resolve on it's own. Dr. L came in and saw Brady and told us that the chest tube and catheter will likely come out tomorrow. He also said we might be able to get home by the end of the week. My heart jumped at the thought of celebrating Easter will all 4 of my little bunnies together:)