Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Phew!

First things first...Surgery was uneventful and KK is recovering (sleeping) in the PICU.

The anesthesia team came to the PICU around 12:30pm to get KK and she was in the OR just before 1pm.  God was gracious to me by allowing KK to be very relaxed and peaceful all morning.  After KK was asleep, the first thing they did was put in a central line.  The neurosurgeon, Dr. Goumnerova, began her work around 2:15pm.  She was able to remove more of Charlie, inject the adenoviral vector into the tendrils that remained of Charlie, and create a pathway between the cavity and the temporal horn so it would drain.  She placed an external shunt in a new position through the cavity to the temporal horn to keep the pathway open and communicating (draining).  Her plan is to eventually wean this out.  She saw scar tissue in the cavity which was a good sign of healing from the first surgery and noted that the medicine used to reduce swelling seemed to be working (which is why KK was regaining strength on her right side).  Surgery was done and they began closing around 4:15pm.  They brought KK to the PICU to recover.  We waited in the family lounge while they got everything settled.  KK started crying a bit, so the nurse came to get me.  I sang "Jesus Loves Me" and she was able to calm down.  She is doing pretty well with her neuro checks -- squeeze, push, pull.  She did have a little trouble with some word recall when answering questions (though she did know the name of Miss Bethany's dog).  She is now resting comfortably (or as comfortably as she can considering she will be woken up for neuro checks every hour).

Thank you for praying!

6 comments:

Alison Graham said...

Praising God all the objectives were met AND that you posted an update :-) I've been refreshing your blog pretty much all evening. Know that you are being bathed in prayer. We love you guys! ~Ali, Maddie, and Emma

Judy Bleau said...

Consider yourself hugged and prayed for, Tanya and KK! Stay strong.

Susan said...

Praising God that this surgery was uneventful and achieved the surgeon's objectives. We trust KK into God's hands and pray that you both get some rest tonight.

Trish Doucette said...

Continued hugs and prayers. Thank you for the update. I'm sure you're exhausted.

Melissa Singley said...

Hugs and prayers! Love the Singley family

Judy Bleau said...

Consider yourself hugged and prayed for, Tanya and KK! Stay strong.