Wednesday, April 30, 2008...Surgery Day

8 am...They came to get Erin for surgery. I was concerned, but had a sense of peace. I went with her down the hall of area that led to the OR I was able to lay on the bed with her until they gave her a sedative and she went to sleep. I knew what was coming and of course I started to cry. I looked at the nurse and said, “I know that this is what you do everyday, but this is my little girl, please take care of her.” I stood there as I watched them wheel her off. At this point there was nothing I could do. Nothing! I looked up and said, “Heavenly Father, she is in your hands now. May you please guide Dr. Kestle and send angels to be with her. She is truly in your hands now.” I heard Heavenly Father answer back and say to me, “She always has been, and so have you.” WOW!

I didn't want to just sit around the hospital, so I spent the next 5 hours with Steven, Ted, Kate, Patricia (Steven's sister) and Bella (Patricia's daughter) The next thing I knew Dr. Kestle was calling to tell me that the surgery was over and Erin would be ready for visitors in 30 minutes. I was amazed at how fast the time went by. Erin woke up before I got back to the hospital. I was so glad to see her. She looked beat up. She had the usual, EVD drain for the spinal fluid on the back of her head, main line IV in her neck, IV in her hand, a pressure line in her foot, another IV in her other foot and a catheter for relieving her bladder. That is just too many lines for one little girl. Considering all the lines she looked pretty good. She was crying when I got there. I walked in and just held her and stroked her hair. I kept holding her and she started to settle down. She was upset because she felt she needed to go to the bathroom and the nurse wouldn't let her. Erin's translation. I explained about the tube she had in and she started to understand, but she didn't like it.

I talked the nurse into taking out the IV in her neck. Then I took off the markers and we washed her up. I knew Steven, Ted and Kate were coming to see her. If Kate would have seen her the way she was she would have been very upset. I was great to have the family all together, even if we were in the hospital.

Erin pretty much slept. Her pulse was doing so much better. We gave her some medicine for the pain. Her EVD at this point was doing great. All was looking good. Erin even asked for something to eat. That was a good sign. Now we wait for another MRI in the morning and the pathology report on the tumors.

Hopefully tomorrow they will move us out of ICU so we can get a better nights sleep.