Saturday, March 19, 2011

Surgery #2

we made it! no illness prevented us, praise the Lord!
okay, Im still a little exhausted so I'll do this in a "quick to the point" setting
now in these pictures Clover's face is all scratched up, this is NOT from the surgery. She just decided to take a nose dive in the backyard and land face first on the pavement 2 days before surgery.
yeah, we're great parents :)
check in 5:30am ... eaaarly
incl. physical exam, health history, blah blah blah, waiting, doctors telling us what they're going to do which kind of sounded like "wah wah wah" {charlie brown adult-like talk}, more blah blah blah

happy juice!
since Clover is the at the age of stranger anxiety they gave her this stuff they nick-named happy juice and it was HILARIOUS! She was seriously like a drunk baby, laughing at everything and moving reeeeal slow and looking at her hand like "whoooa, I didn't know that was there"
fortunately since she was "going under", they didn't have to give her an IV or catheter until after she was asleep ... AWESOME!
so they took her away on a gurney, still drunk so she didn't cry. but we almost did

surgery lasted about 3 hours
fun fact: Our urologist couldn't do the surgery last time because he was on vacay, so his boss did, who has done so many more of these. But we never met him or saw him. Only his interns came and talked to us. So this time, the boss did it again, otherwise we would've had to wait a month for surgery with our dr. Again, we never saw the guy.
Does he exist? We thought it'd be funny if it was just a made up name, so they could blame there mistakes on "no one". Later we actually caught a glimpse of him down the hall, but we still have never met the guy. weird.

Surgery outcome:
everything looks great! they reattached the kidney's ureter to the bladder, and while they were in there they also detached the other ureter and re-implanted it so that it was a better connection. so she has a drain in her side to drain all the yummy fluids from the surgery ... um gross ... that will come out Wednesday ... have I touched it yet? yeeeeah...NO!
Praise the Lord for His power over all things, and for allowing Yo Gabba Gabba to be created! Seriously, life saver. Although I've watched so much of it that now I want to hit my head against a wall.
Somehow {God, really} Clover stayed laying down ALL DAY wednesday and ALL DAY thursday. We couldn't pick her up at all {well we did like 2 times, but she really wanted us to!}. She didn't play with her IV, she didn't play with her catheter. She just kind of laid there, slept, watched 48 hours worth of Yo Gabba Gabba and chillaxed while I hand fed her food. {I think she enjoyed that a little too much}
We somehow got a 2 patient room with a window bed. The dr. asked me how much we donated to the hospital to get such a nice room. AND usually they only let one parent spend the night, but we had THE BEST nurses who let us both stayed. Not that we both slept, we took turns throughout the night to be with Clover who would wake up randomly and frantically search for us. I only had one "delirious" moment, those are weird. probably kind of like happy juice.
we got to stay in our "luxury" room until the afternoon, then we had to get switched to a 4 patient room. Not so fun, lots of noise, but we still had a window bed.
more yo gabba gabba
brian and I switched taking naps throughout the day and night
elyse and my mom brought us Sharky's .. whoo!
more yo gabba gabba ... again
elyse found out she's having a girl
Dr. came in 6am gave us the "okay"
catheter out
IV out
pain medicine IN
and we're out of there by 9:30M

Now if someone could just explain to Clover in her language, telling her she needs to calm down, she just had surgery that'd be great. This kid acts like she doesn't have a cut across her lower abdomen! She came home ready to play, I don't blame her, we were pent up in the hospital room a long time. So we're working on sitting still and yes we even put on Yo Gabba Gabba, Im taking one for the team.

so we are home with antibiotics, stool softener, pain meds, gauze and tape ... I feel like I could be a nurse! Except that I get the heebie jeebies when I see her incision and stuff ... I wouldn't be a good nurse, I'd probably make everyone else nervous too!

who wants to know my schedule for next week? if you don't, too bad I want sympathy!
Monday: my ob-gyn check up
Tuesday: my only day of complete rest
Wednesday: Clover's drain comes out at urology doctors
Thursday: Clover's pediatrician check up
Friday: my pregnancy specialist check up

phew ... now give me a pity party! :)

thank you all for the prayers, facebooks, texts, email etc etc....The Lord is so good, it only through Him that Clover was able to lay down for 2 days straight. It is only because of Him that she is able to come home and not need to take pain medication! Thank You Lord for this precious gift of a girl, thank You for this trial to bring us closer to You and to make us more like You!


  1. So good to hear that it went well! Sad to see her in the hospital bed :0( We will keep praying for her little body to heal!

  2. Praise the Lord that everything went so well, so thankful to hear the update! What a precious little trooper she is:)

  3. Thank you for such a detailed report on Clover's surgery. I will keep you all in my prayers and I'm hopeful everything goes well w/healing, etc! I also feel your Yo Gabba Gabba pain but mine is in the form of "Gans", "Your backyard friends the BACKYARDIGANS!"Aww...