Monday, March 29, 2010

Surgery Day Two

Josie got discharged around noon Saturday. We got home and Josie settled in just in time to watch K-State get knocked out of the championship run. :(

Josie is doing well - although she's spent about every waking hour playing the new game she got for her DS. She's been itching quite a bit and we found out Sunday that she's allergic to one of her medications so we got that changed later in the afternoon. We'll keep her home from school for a couple days. The doc doesn't want her participating in gym for 4-6 weeks! and no backpack! we may have to find her one on wheels again - but it's so close to the end of the school now... we may try to work something else out.

thanks for all your thoughts and prayers!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Surgery Day One

Last night Tracy and I took Josie and her best friend to Chuck-E-Cheese for some fun before the surgery.

I stayed up watching the AWESOME, double overtime, K-State win over Xavier last night. I didn't get to bed til around 11:45, then had to get up at 3:00 to get ready for the drive to the hospital. This photo is of Josie and I in the waiting aread. Then I dressed up in the white jumpsuite with booties, hat and mask to carry Josie to the operating room. i hold her while she's goes under. Last time i got a little too close to Josie's face and started feeling the effects of the anesthesia - whoops!

Here's Josie after she started waking up; holding the new kitty Grandma Wanda got her in the giftshop. nice purple color, eh?
Surgery went well. i took her back at 8:00AM, they actually started about 8:30 and finished about 10:00. We have such awesome doctors. During this surgery a plastic surgeon (Dr. Jiang) sewed in that extra layer of skin underneath hers and just over the titanium rods where they rub against the skin. the original plan was just to do the left side (where the rod sticks out the most), but did both sides because, "well, she was already 'open' and one sheet [of cadaver skin] costs $1800 [as he made a shape the size of a bread slice with his hands]." just doing one side would have wasted half the sheet of skin. this new layer gives Josie four layers of skin and an extra surface for the rod to slide under. ithought that was really cool of him. then we start talking about the follow up appt and he's looking at his phone (the calendar i assume). he asks me for my cell number and a few seconds later says, "i jsut texted you my [personal] cell number" if anything should come up with Josie. man, i am a Dr. Jiang fan!! he's awesome.
Hopefully we'll get discharged tomorrow morning. oh, we did get a private room. they had 60 surgeries scheduled today and they cautioned everybody that doubling up in rooms could be a possibility. phew. i hope tomorrow's update is sent to you from home. :)