We heard even before the operation that after reviewing CatScan images, the surgeon reduces his estimated surgery time to two hours. In fact, it took less than 90 minutes. They did need to remove a small piece of bone, but then cyst was not wrapped around her thyroid. The doctor was pleased with the result and we expect to get no bad news from the biopsy.
Jen sent me this picture via SMS while I was in Bible class. Why did I NOT want to go to the hospital to wait?? I told myself I'd missed being with my friends in class too much. But it may be that I wanted also to avoid the hospital. Jen and Scott had four other grandparents for support. I needed my friends for support!
I kept the picture open on my phone during class, praying for her all the while.
Jen sent me several texts before and during the operation, including the very best news that she was already out of surgery and the doctor was most pleased with her and his work.
Abi was fascinated with a gown open in the back.
As you can see, she was in pretty good spirits. The purple & while prayer shawl is from Grammy's Methodist church; the doc gave her a "doctor" bear. When the nurses gave her "sleepy" medication and she had a very BAD reaction; evidently is is not uncommon in children. After a while of witing for her to calm down, they needed to drag her into the surgery. She went right under for the next 90 minutes. She awoke smiling, evidently with no memory of what happened just before the OR.
By the time Daniel and I got to Wilmington at noon, she was heading home. No hospital overnight as we had expected!!! By the time we got to her house, she was dancing around in her PJs. She beat her Mom and Nana at her memory card game.
She is not QUITE the boastful winner that her brother Zac is, but she cheers for herself when she wins.
She was in a very good mood. She obviously enjoyed have all her grandparents so concentrated on HER. She plays the staring role very, very well. She was then happy when her brothers came home, tackling Zac immediately and expecting to start their usual afternoon wresling. Mom put an immediate stop to that; Abi and Luc started playing with all the new stuffed toys.
All parents and grandparents were happy and relieved. Abi acted as if nothing had happened bad during the day and enjoyed telling each new person in the house about her adventure with the doctor, but mostly about the bear he gave her.
I'm doing well. I had a little confusion event leaving Bible class. I dropped my hearing aid from my ear and when Lu pointed to it on floor, it disturbed me more than it should have. This is the first time a new one has come out. It threw me back to all the bad experiences I had with the previous ones falling out, and made me question why I had not been alert enough to notice. So, of course, I went toward the door forgetting my cane and friends had to stop me and bring it to me. I was looking pretty scattered. I think it was mostly my eagerness to get on to Wilmington. I did then take a few moments to calm and focus myself before walking to the car and Daniel.
Today is Daniel's 63rd birthday. He isn't feeling very well and it taking the day to relax before we head out to Boston tomorrow. I will let him tell you about his great present, a WaterRower made of cherry wood that folds (7') against the wall. We are both so happy using it. Such amazing cardio work. I can do it with only my left hand since an indoor rower is so much a leg exercise. But now I have said too much except to report that Daniel's devotion to diet and exercise is stunning.
Love to you all, and thank you for your Abi prayers and keeping Daniel and me close to your hearts.
Bonnie for BanD