Monday, December 13, 2010

What a whirlwind!

Primary Children's has so many fun trees at this time of year!
This is first thing in the morning before the plethora of appts began.

I just wanted many of you to know that surgery went well, recovery even better and now
  we are home!  
Abby was discharged on Saturday.  We spent the night out there, and then traveled home on Sunday.
Bubbles, bubbles, and more bubbles - there was lots of bubble blowing this week!

She is continuing to recover really quickly and is doing well emotionally.  There are  so many updates and posts that I  have started with pictures, etc.... but just didn't have time to actually finish and post.  So hopefully you'll get lots more information in the next few days.
Waking up in the CICU (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit) 
Cute blanket they chose for her, huh?

At Primary Children's, Abby was healing well, but the doctors noticed that being at the hospital was a bit stressful for her.  The anxiety was affecting her heart rate which is not what we wanted, so they decided to do everything they could to send her home as soon as possible. Once the decision was made to send her home, there was quite literally a whirlwind of activity from that point on.  I didn't even have time to get my laptop out, let alone send out an email.  I do wish we could have kept everyone better updated - so sorry!
Too cute not to share! And so excited to go on a wagon ride.

Here's what we know: (and what you will learn more about in the next few days)

- Abby is allowed to see people and welcomes visitors! You just have to be clean and not sick or have been around 'sick' people (immediate family) for at least 24 hrs. Please call first. OR we love to skype.
-Abby is on oxygen - a small amount - indefinitely - and that a 55 ft. tube that connects to a 7 ft. cannula is MORE than enough to circle the couch six times. ;)
-We have a follow up appointment on Dec. 22, then we will schedule the next phase (cardiocath) for January.
-Abby and Tessa still LOVE all things pink. :) The girls spent the day today dressing up, giving each other manicures, pedicures, and putting on play make up.  They split the work on my toes and might I just say that they turned out lovely!
-We still anticipate phase 3 (open heart surgery - Fontane) by spring.
-We love being all together as a family!!!
-We will be h.o.m.e. in order to keep germ/illness free through January - and then we will see from there.
A wagon ride over to the play center - 
she was still a little nervous that it might hurt - 
but ended up loving getting out of the room!
Here's what we don't know:

- when Abby will go back to school (prob. Jan)
- exactly when the next phases will happen
- WHEN the girls are actually going to decide WHAT to ask for from Santa! (Hope they like what was already purchased 6 mo. ago!)
- how long Abby will be on oxygen
- what the HECK we are going to name James new puppy!
- if 40 min. of sleep per night really is enough

Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude from the notes, gifts, and services that have been given on our behalf.  We love you and appreciate you very much!!! 
Thank you!
colored by abby


Rachel said...

thank you for the update an d cute pictures! Congrats on the new puppy (have fun with him!) We are still mindful of you and keeping you in our prayers! Love you!

Marcie said...

I am so happy you guys are back safe at home. Josh and I were just talking about how amazing your family is. You all inspire us. Your girls are soooooo good. Hopefully they will rub off on our own children :) If they would of known Abby better they would have gotten her a much different blankie. I barely saw any pink. Please know you always have a place to stay. Wait, a puppy?!?!? Details please :)

Andrea said...

love you all. thanks for the update. love you abs!

nettieright said...

We love you all so much and have been praying so hard. We know she will do well! We want to help in any way we can. Please let us. (even if you can't remember Ralph's name! haha) Such blessings.....

Your Scentsy Consultant- Andrea Smith said...

Loved the update! What a strong little girl!
Continued thoughts and prayers your way!

scottishrose45 said...

Your family inspires me. I love how sweet and giggly little girls are. Yours especially. So glad everything went well. (btw, I keep forgetting to give you my address. 4571 River Road, Johns Island, SC 29455.

Sue said...

You just stay at home and stay well! So glad to hear all went well so far. Have a Merry Christmas.

Koreen said...

Oh, what a sweet, sweet girl! Thank you for the updates and don't you feel guilty one more second about not posting immediately after anything! :) And, no, I'd be a zombie on only 40 minutes of sleep per night! How are you doing it?

Love you!

Deanna Smart said...

So happy all is going well for all of you and especially Abbi. I wish I lived closer so I could help more. Sure love all of you and are keeping you in our prayers.

Megan said...

So glad everything went well! What an awesome little girl with such awesome parents!
Love Megan Stevenson

Eliot's Mom said...

So glad you're HOME! What a brave girl, that Abby! Hope she gets to enjoy the holidays, and hope you all get some much needed rest. Thanks for the update.

Haven said...

So glad to hear all went well and that you are home. What a blessing!

Katherine said...

So glad to hear she's doing well and that you all get to be home. She's a special little girl who's in our prayers.