As Dr Kumar explained last night, it was a brutal surgery and it will be a painful recovery. But you are strong and he is hopeful that this is your last major surgery. That the bony reconstruction of your skull has now been accomplished. He had warned us though that with your vulnerable scalp it's possible that some small areas may not hold. We should know in the next 7-10 days and that would require further surgical revision or skin grafting. Additionally when removing one of your ribs the lining of your chest cavity was punctured. We knew going in this is one of the risks. He sutured the opening closed and daily chest X-rays will help detect any complications that might require a chest drain to be placed.
You spent the night in ICU with Tami at your side. It was difficult for you to communicate but the two of you are so close, that she was able to understand your level of pain and help the nurses manage your medication.
You are so strong your vital signs all stabilized quickly and you were released from ICU this morning. Pops relieved Tami early in the morning, oversaw your early medications, and with Toliver gladly accompanied you back to 12 E. Room 48 where are you are surrounded by pictures and decorations from home. The wonderful ICU nurses were charmed by Toliver and his joyous reunion with you!
So now I sit quietly once again watching you rest, your breathing a little labored, and your pain level back down to two out of 10. Even through all the pain medicine you're able to give the nurse a little smile and pass all the neurological assessments. Ending with what we have all been waiting and hoping for. Your Thumbs up game on spirit.
With a grateful heart for all your enduring prayer warriors, surgeons, nurses, faithful friends, earthly angels, second chances, and most of all for your indomitable spirit.