Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Summer's Surgery Was a Success!

It's been a long day but I wanted to journal about Summer's surgery today.

Summer arrived this morning at the hospital.

This was one of those times when she was NOT going to be late!

I joined her and Sabrina as they were waiting after all the preliminaries were done.
Dr. Kosinski is excellent and Summer has complete confidence in him.

They wheeled her back at noon - right on schedule!

Sabrina and I went to the little cafe and had a nice lunch and then began the long hours of waiting.

The husband of a dear friend came by and sat with us for about an hour. That was so nice of him.
We all had a cup of coffee and visited together.

Then a nurse brought a belt that the doctor had ordered, It will help her bones to heal and is to be worn 4 hours a day. It's all charged up and ready to go.

Finally - at 5:50 - the doctor came to tell us she was now in the recovery room and we could go back for 5 minutes.

Don't let the smile on her face fool you.
She was in a lot of pain - so much so that she was in tears shortly after I took this photo.
It took them awhile to get the pain under control.
This is from Sabrina's Facebook post:
Looks like surgery lasted about five hours, Dr. said it was a real mess in there - very wobbly. He put in lots of new bone material with the screws on the rods and she should be a lot more stable. The incision is much larger than they anticipated and she's in a lot of pain. They tell us that she should be out of recovery about 8 o'clock and into her room. Linda and I have nested and her room is ready and waiting on her. She expects to be here until the weekend.

And here she is in her room! 
Rayne sent her Chocolate Bear with Mummers to the hospital this morning.
Rayne told her the bear is filled with all kinds of medicine for anything that's wrong with you!
The pain was finally under control and they brought her something to drink and eat.

Summer is one of the kindest and most thoughtful people in the whole wide world.
She brought a huge basket filled with Goodie Bags for the nurses and staff and a big bag full of chocolate bars from Puerto Rico.

She even made goodie bags for Sabrina and me.

Every one's going to love these chocolate bars and her doctor is a chocoholic!!

Summer is receiving excellent care!
Sabrina and I left around 9:30 as Summer was about to go to sleep.
As we went down the hall, we saw her nurse with an armful of medical debris heading towards her room. Hopefully she will be able to get some rest tonight.

I left here at 9:00 this morning and got home at 10:00 tonight.
I'm going straight to bed now myself!!
Thank you all for helping us get through this surgery and this day!


Linda said...

I've been keeping up on Facebook today. So pleased she's doing well. It does appear she was much worse than anyone thought. I'm just thankful surgery was an option.

Vee said...

Praying for quality rest tonight, pain relief, and healing going forward. Summer has true grit. You do, too.

Ginny Hartzler said...

Summer is amazing, and I know you are so proud of her. She smiles even when she is in so much pain. Praying that now she has the right pain medicine that will work for her. It should be all up hill from now on!!!

Kathy said...

Joe and I prayed for Summer all day. I'm so glad to hear this good report. I know what it is like to be in severe pain after surgery so now I'm going to pray about that. This is just the beginning of her feeling better.

Kathie said...

Continued prayers for Summer's recovery and return to a life without pain.

Sandra said...

so glad this is over and done and prayers for a quick healing and no more pain... she is always so happy even when hurting.

Changes in the wind said...

So glad to hear it went well and now prayers for a quick recovery.

Susie said...

Linda, I am sending up prayers for all of you. Your sweet little girl Summer... no matter how old our children get they will always be our babies. That is one brave girl. She gets her grit from you. How very thoughtful of her to bring along goodies for everyone. Blessings to all of you, xoxo,love, Susie

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I'm so thankful there was a diagnosis and solution for her back pain!

Praying for a great recovery!

Cheapchick said...

So glad she got through surgery and now is finally on the road to recovery. Hugs!

Wanda said...

So thrilled to hear this news, and the the darling pictures. Trying to catch up now that I'm home from Oregon.

MimiG said...

After seeing Summer's smiling face on your blog so many times, I had to post and tell you that many prayers were lifted for her. People that didn't know her or her situation, just prayer for her, the doctors and her caring nursing staff.
Her beautiful smile has always uplifted me and I pray she will now be as pain free as possible and able to keep smiling!

Carole said...

So glad the surgery went well. Now for the healing! Take care of yourself and the good LD too! Cheers

Jan said...

Happy to hear that Summer's surgery went well! Hope her recovery will be fast and that she will have relief from her pain.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Praying this surgery brings an end to the pain.

Linda said...

Thank you so much!

ellen b. said...

Praying for Summer's recovery to go well.

Gypsy Heart said...

Praise God!! I'm so glad it's over for her and now she's on the road to healing & recovery. I so hope the pain lessens and she can rest. Lots and lots of prayers have gone up for her, the Drs, you, etc.


Stacey said...

Linda, I'm so behind on blog reading and I'm not sure what lead up to this. I will be thinking of Summer...this sounds extreme!

Diana Ferguson said...

Prayers for her and you!!

Penny said...

Sounds like a tough day, but I know Summer will willingly have gone through it for the hopes of a better lofenafter her recovery. A long and worrying day for you. Thank God she came through it well and they eventually got her pain under control X