Hello from the ICU! That's right...you heard me...I said it...the Intensive Care Unit. The exact same room that we left three days ago. More on that below...
I appreciate all the communication and requests for updates, thank you for loving my little girl through prayer...it has been one very long afternoon/evening. Caroline went in for surgery at 3PM. It was a very positive experience. We had a great pre-surgical discussion with both her primary surgeon and her "interventional radiologist." He showed us that the fluid had again shrunk in size, but was still large enough to attempt to drain. They were both super confident, light-hearted and very encouraging as we talked.
Her surgery lasted about an hour and a half. Results were mixed. They had no complications getting to the pocket of fluid, but it was too thick to drain enough with the tube size they needed to use. :( They are hoping the fluid will liquify and drain in the next few days.
Now she has two drains leaving her side and belly. They are uncomfortable, but they are both working. As soon as the infections clear, she will get them removed. It could be many weeks! Yikesy!
Recovery tonight has been a little sketchy. Her heart rate and breathing have been way too fast, so the surgeon ordered her to the ICU for observation. Her spirits and attitude are great though! (On a personal note, this has become my home away from home and I'm enjoying my nights here with private nurse care...except for the 5am wake-up call from one of her doctors, it is not a bad gig...tonight it's Nurse Margaret, she's not Nurse Kelly, but Caroline and I really like her).
We are working on breathing and trying to get out of here.
We are praying for good blood tests each day.
We are praying for a stabilized temperature.
We are praying for her ability to eat and keep food down.
We are praying for effective drains
God was very good to us today! We are thankful for all the ways he cared for our little girl!
Hope that answers it. Let me know if you have any questions.
Quietly making noise,
Fletch (and Caroline!)