Monday, December 13, 2010

Surgery is tomorrow

Summer had a couple of pre-op appointments this morning. Both went well - she is getting to be such a big girl. She didn't put up a fight for a single test or measurement and was very talkative with the nurses. She even asked one to kiss her head and invited her to our house to meet Rocky and Chloe.

I kept telling Summer "no pokes" all morning...but the nurse at the second appointment made me into a big fat liar. She needed a current blood count, so Summer had to get a finger poke after all. She took it in stride though, and didn't put up much of a fuss.

We finally found out the surgery schedule and recovery details. We'll check in at 1:15pm tomorrow. It's no fun having surgery at all, but surgery that late in the day makes for a miserable morning. Summer can't eat after 6:30am and can only have clear liquids until 10:30am, nothing after that. I think the surgery actually starts at 2:30, but I can't remember for sure. Luckily it's written down somewhere.

The surgery will take about an hour to an hour and a half. She won't need to be in the ICU after and will go straight to the recovery floor. They'll keep her overnight and she'll likely go home on Wednesday. She will be in some pain from the placement of the tube and the incision in her abdomen, but it all sounds pretty manageable.

We don't yet have the full schedule for Boston, but that should be coming sometime today. I did get confirmation that we'll be able to stay at Christopher's Haven starting on January 10th (right now radiation is slated to start on the 11th, so that's perfect timing). I spoke to the manager there this morning, and it really sounds like a great place. We hope to be able to go visit when we're out there for prep stuff in two weeks.

I'll post brief updates tomorrow when Summer goes into and comes out of surgery.

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