Saturday, September 6, 2008

Life is precious....

First of all, I just want to say thank you so much for all your well wishes and support during the last few days. Things have been hectic, but are now slowly calming down. This post isn't scrappy related, but I just wanted to let you know that Taylor is doing much better, and your prayers have been wonderful for her.

We went into the hospital on Thursday at 7:30 and they started the surgery on Taylor at 8:30. I was able to go in with her while they put her out (which was another whole experience in itself if you've ever done that, you know what I mean). They called us at 11 and said the surgery went well. They put her in recovery and we were able to see her. She was still out, but came to now and then. (Was pretty much delirious at that point) She had to stay there until 3:30 because they didn't have any hospital rooms available. BUT I'm so glad they kept her there, because it was awful in the hospital room. She was so out of it and in such pain and our nurse was terrible, didn't help us out much at all. I tell you, this is the hardest thing I've ever had to go through as a mom. She cried and cried and I just felt helpless that I couldn't do much of anything for her. She vomited throughout the night and couldn't keep anything down. They did a caudol (not sure if I spelled that right), which is like an epidural so it would numb her from the waist down, but after that wore off, she was in a lot of pain again. Anyhow...my husband stayed the night with her, because my little Kati who just turned 3 wouldn't stay without me. (She's attached to me at the hip!) He said it was horrible. She was vomiting and nobody was helping him, even after he paged them several times and went out in the hallway to get the nurse. She had to share a room with another little baby who cried and cried. So neither Taylor nor hubby got much sleep.

The next morning, the dr. said she could go home that day (Friday) if she ate. So we finally got her to eat something, and she came home yesterday afternoon. She is doing much better now, but still has a catheter in until Sunday and can't move around much on her own. We bought her a Wii to keep her occupied a bit. She has to stay out of school for a week, and no gym class or hanging from the monkey bars for 6-8 weeks. So hopefully all will go well and she will recover soon. It has been quite an experience to say the least. But I may have to go through this again with Kati who has a birth defect in her heart.. but they can't do surgery on it until her heart is fully grown. I think the hospital stay is just as traumatizing for them as the actual surgery. Our nurse on Friday was absolutely the best! She helped us tremendously and was so kind and caring.

Taylor has to miss the first week of school. Her teachers were so sweet, they sent Taylor a get well note that everyone in the class signed, so that was so nice! I'm really looking forward to this year with them!

Going through all of this, I am reminded just how precious life is and to appreciate everything. Give those loved ones a big hug right now and tell them you love them!

21 comments:

Heather Prins said...

oh i am so glad she is home. How scary for all of you. big hugs to you!!

angie worthington said...

thanks for the update!..i am so glad that the surgery went well & she is at home....hope she has a speedy recovery....sorry that she was sick & had crummy nurses...

Alli Miles said...

Sooooooo many hugs coming your way. My son was born with a hole in his heart and I remember him hooked up to machines and having to put him out while they did an ultrasound on his heart. I can only imagine what you have gone through the past few days and what you will have to go through in the future. Here's to a speedy recovery.

Melissa said...

Oh dear! I had no idea. I am so sorry to hear this...it makes me teary as I know how awful it is to sit and watch your little one suffer. I hope everyone is getting some rest now that you are home together. Big hugs and let me know if I can do anything to help you .
Melis

KimmyS said...

Goodness Danielle - I am so sorry you all had to go through this. I feel for you.
At least Taylor is home with you now and will receive lots of TLC

Raechelle said...

I am so sorry that she had such a miserable time. :( At least she can put that behind her and move forward. {{{hugs}}} to all. I pray she's feeling like herself in no time!
Rae

kimosabescraps said...

so sorry you allhad to endure that...
Praying for you and your family.

Kim

Andrea said...

Honey, I'm sorry you and your little family had to go through this ordeal but hopefully she is on the mend now

Andrea xx

Melonie said...

Oh Dani I can't even begin to imagine the weekend you have had. SOOO glad she is home with Mommy and Daddy where she belongs. Praying for a super speedy recovery.

Patsy Jackson said...

Awww I'm so sorry to hear you all had to endure this. It's awful having to watch your little one in pain and in hospital :( I'm glad to hear she is recovering.

Fingers crossed you don't have such a time with your other daughter.

Her school sound just lovely btw!

Patsy x

Dena said...

My heart just aches for the both of you! Thankfully she is alright and on the mend :) give her a big hug and squeeze! and tell her we hope she feels better soon.
Hugs!

Andrea Amu said...

What an ordeal for you all! I am glad that the surgery went well and that she's home recovering with her family that loves her so! Big ((HUGS)), Dani!

danielleholsapple said...

Oh Dani, I can't even imagine....watching your child be in such pain and not being able to fix it for them. ((HUGS)) to all of you. And I am praying for a super speedy and full recovery!

Audrey Pettit said...

My gosh, Dani! It certainly does not sound like you all had the best experience at the hospital. I am SO sorry for that.
But now that it's over, I hope you have nothing but blue skies ahead! I wish all your family the best!

Linda said...

I am so happy for you that she is home now. She will get wonderful care. How sweet and wonderful of her teachers too. Many prayers and positive thougts surround her.

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Shalamar said...

Soo glad she's home with you and safe. I'm feeling your pain...as a mom the hardest thing is to watch your child in pain and feel helpless! I'm so sorry for your bad hospital experience. Glad to hear she's home and doing better. God bless!

carolyn peeler said...

Glad to hear that the surgery went well and that she is on the mend now with you at home.

Hang in there :)

JoEllyn said...

I am so glad she's feeling better but sorry it was so hard on all of you!!

Kay Sibley said...

Danielle, My heart and prayers go out to you. My 7 year old son had surgery a couple of months ago and the helplessness that I felt is almost unbearable. Knowing that the well being of your child is in someone elses hands...oh..it's so hard! That's when faith steps in!!Please know I'm thinking of your family. I'm sending hugs your way!!