Thursday, November 27, 2008

Recovery: on the fast track

Aidyn is doing very well this morning and we have a lot to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving day!

  • Aidyn will likely move out of the ICU into a "regular" room sometime this evening
  • All of the tubes (catheter, arterial line, IV, etc.) will likely come out this evening
  • Aidyn's grip and strength in her right hand is as strong as it was pre-operation -- if not maybe even a little stronger!
  • The doctors anticipate that Aidyn might be able to come home late in the day on Sunday!
Today the Wooleys are having a special Thanksgiving lunch provided by the hospital, and some friends are bringing a Thanksgiving dinner to the hospital in the evening.  Since Aidyn will still be in the ICU today, the Wooleys have asked for no visitors today please.

Tomorrow (Friday), Aidyn will have a number of post-op scans and tests: MRI, CT, etc. to try to determine exactly how much of the tumor was removed and exactly how of the tumor is still in her spine.  The day will be filled with meetings with doctors and specialists and determining next steps.  Because there will be so much movement and so many meetings tomorrow, it will not be a good time for visitors during the day.

The Wooleys anticipate that tomorrow evening will be the first good time for visitors.  We will update this blog with the official word on visitors sometime tomorrow.

They know you are dying to love on her (and them!) in person, so thanks for your patience:)

Prayer requests:
  • Aidyn is having a lot of pain (normal for this recovery) in the back of her neck where the surgeons cut the vertebrae.  Pray that the pain meds would be powerful and effective and not cause nausea.
  • That the scans and tests would reveal that the tumor is 100% gone!  Pray for a miraculous report that the tumor has been eradicated.
  • That the pathology report (expected on Monday or Tuesday) would reveal that the tumor was benign / non-malignant
  • That the physical therapy (expected to start tomorrow) would be easy and that Aidyn's strength on her right side would return quickly.

"Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords.
His love endures forever.
To the One who remembered us in our low estate.
His love endures forever.
And freed us from our enemies.
His love endures forever.
And who gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever."
-- Psalm 136:1-3, 23-26

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