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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Coming up for some air...and some pics

We are one week post-op, and things couldn't be going better!
Praise the Lord, Rose has had,so far, a model recovery.
She is happy, loving all the attention, not complaining ONE BIT about the pain, or the food, or the 'no chores', and other than speaking very softly, has better articulation already:)
We had some yucky hours between Friday at 4pm and Saturday night, just the usual upset tummy from all the meds, anesthesia, and no food, but by Sunday morning, she was MUCH better, the swelling in her cheeks was going down, and she was definitely over the "hump" of bad days.
We travel today to the Dr, our 1 week post-op, and I can't wait to hear what he has to say.
I finally am taking a minute to post a few pictures of our surgery day, and day 1 recovery, and will be back soon with our Mother's Day.
There is so much to process after something like this, and life has been hectic without our big girl's help in the house and outside, but we are surviving, and if we make it through this long weekend, we are definitely on the downhill side of rough days:)
ok, on with the pics
thanks for all your prayers, kind emails, and even gifts, we are truly blessed, and I know Rose feels blessed!!!
she was ALL smiles, until the needles came, and then she maintained her smiles, just not quite so sunny and bright
EVERY nurse commented on her smile, even in the midst of post-OR recovery time

Starting to feel a little droopy, but still smiling!!!

Once I got the call she was out of surgery, I expected a call any minute saying she needed me to come to recovery, which they say happens sometimes, but not often...
BUT, I got the call saying she was headed up to her room, and I was thrilled it was going so well for Rosalyn.
Ice packs on her cheeks, ice on her hip, and lots of pain meds helped us navigate through those first 24 hours!
And a stuffed puppy, courtesy of her Aunt and Grandma that visited with us after surgery:)

I was super thankful we were on the pediatric ward of the new hospital-talk about roll out the red carpet for her...we had the BEST nursing care, and such love and attention they showered on Rose-I was sooo blessed.
And I was also super thankful for a DVD player, as it helped pass the time and kept her focused on something else besides uncomfortable pain and feeling cruddy!!!
There is a time and place for children's movies, in my opinion:)
On the morning following surgery, we had a visitor-a 4 legged one--there are 14 different dogs that visit the hospital throughout the week, and we were blessed to see 3 of them-Kado was a super friendly Alaskan husky cross, and her owner was a wonderful visitor, smiley, happy, sharing lots about her dogs, and helping us to pass the long wait to being discharged---another story:)

 After we got home Thursday afternoon, Rose rested, alot, but didn't spend much time outside her room the first 24 hours. The next day, she was blessed to see a huge box of gifts from our church
we call it a Sunshine Box, and was she ever happy to have a little something to open each day
and now, we are blessed with lots of artsy/crafty materials including colored pencils, markers, crayons, construction paper, drawing paper, playdoh, workbooks, puzzles, lots of hands on, thinking projects, etc...
She is in heaven, and it takes her longer to decide what to do than she has time to do her projects:)
 On Sunday, she really felt good, and was out of her room all day, interacting with all of us, and loving having 2 grandmas around for the day and 1 grandpa too!!!
Isaac has never shown much interest in stuffed animals, but ever since Rose got home with puppy, he has become enamored with HIS puppy, and it has added a word to his vocabulary---Puppy, and he says it SOOOO clearly...
Tyler has been so sweet to want to include Rose in most anything he is doing, and always makes time during the day to play with her-they all had colored pictures and a welcome home sign on her door-bad mama that I am, I neglected pics of that-
More to come late!
We are blessed
Chris for all  9 of us:)

1 comment:

K said...

It's good to hear that the surgery already seems to be successful. I'm so glad that Rose's recovery has been as smooth as possible and that your hospital stay included great nursing care.