Monday, April 7, 2008

Before, During, After...

Everything went as planned on Tuesday. We arrived at the hospital at 5:30 in the morning. Mya was super sleepy and hungry, but she enjoyed being wheeled around in the wagon, looking at all the fun things the Children's Hospital has to offer prior to the surgery. Knowing her personality and fears, we had her take the medicine that would relax her and forget the surgery stuff (Just picture a very drunk 4 year old!). We took her into the operating room at about 7:30 a.m. and had to kiss her goodbye after they put her to sleep. They came to us about 3 hours later...
Everything went well and as planned. They were able to cast her around her torso and hips, and down just one leg, which is such a blessing. And at her request she has a purple cast. She also had to put on her new silky PJ's right away. No hospital gown for her! She was very confused and upset about everything when we finally got to her side. The medicine was making her sick, and the cast was making her miserable and as I mentioned in the previous post, the moment they wake up in the cast they just look at you
with that look of absolute horror. The thing I was not prepared for was the fact that this time around she could speak and let me know all about how miserable and sad and awful this is. She cannot walk, or run, or dance, or just sit in the window with her cousins. She cannot sleep or go to the bathroom normally. She cannot be happy with such a miserable cast. However, as the days and nights go by, she is adjusting. She is smiling and laughing and is enjoying all the extra TV. She also loves the wheel chair. She asked today if she could keep it after they take off the cast in case she ever had to have another one. She can move all over with that thing! Thank goodness for all our tile! :) She is being a good sport for the most part. I think she likes the pampering and surprises and presents people keep bringing her. What kid wouldn't?! She gets very sad and weepy at night, which just breaks my heart. There were many tears the first week. But we are officially done with week one! Only 5 more weeks to go! Thank you to all my amazing family and friends for their support, prayers, and love! We could not survive this without you all!

7 comments:

Renee said...

Ooooh...sweet little Mya!! I'm glad you all survived week one and I'm so happy that she's adjusting so quickly. She'll be dancing in no time!!

Nataluscious said...

No one can make a cast look quite as glamorous as Mya... ;). In addition to praise for how great Mya is doing, I'd like to add some kudos to her parents for managing so well too! I truly sympathize for how hard this is for everyone. The good news, its temporary. And call on us if you ever want or need any kind of relief!

Gorge Us Family said...

Congratulations on making it through week one! I am proud of you all. I'd be all about the wheels too.

We love you guys.

Jen said...

She is such a trooper. So cute.

Megan Griffin said...

Okay so I don't know Mya very well, but I sure get a good idea about what kind of girl she is when I see the picture of her and the purple cast, matching purple and pink PJ's, and to top it all off - matching pink toe nails! WHAT A GAL! If she's gonna go through surgery it's got to be in style!

ambercarlson said...

I can't believe how brave she is! What a trooper!!

Amber

Rachel Mai said...

Is Miss Mya really that big? She's grown up so much. I remember playing with her when she was in that horrible cast as an infant! Although she can talk and will remember this, at least she isn't casted on both sides. Like you said--what a blessing!

We sure miss you guys. All my love a prayers go out to you Mya and your mommy.