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!