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for all your good wishes for Hayley’s knee surgery, and for checking in on us!  I figured it’d be easiest for me to update here, rather than trying to answer individual messages.

Hayley and I got to the surgical center at 7:15am (an hour from our home), but surgery didn’t start until 8 . . . then, it ended at 9:50, but they didn’t bring me in to see her until 11 am, because they had a lot of difficulty getting her to wake!  Evidently, this is not uncommon with teenagers! It was 2pm (!!!) before we got her awake enough to leave the center, then an hour drive to get back home.

Cell phones are not allowed in the surgery waiting area; I thought it was because it would be disturbing to others in the area, and that’s partly the reason, but, it’s more than that!  I learned from a friend that it has to do with cell phones interfering with the heart monitoring equipment, etc.  WOW!   This is important to know!

I wish we had known ahead that pre-operative preparations take a while; you may be told to arrive at one time, but surgery may not actually commence for 45 minutes to an hour AFTER that time.  And, the same is true after the surgery; it may be an hour (or ?) POST-operative, before they bring you in to see them, as they monitor, and check to see how they’re coming out of the anesthesia . . .  Dave got worried, knowing it was a 2 hour surgery, and called several times, but my phone was off, of course . . .

When I’d finally gotten to see her, and then was able to step outside and call Dave to let him know what was going on, he was actually at home; Taylor had come down with the flu (!!!) . . . I couldn’t believe it . . .

So, it made for a looooooooong day all around for this family . . .

I didn’t know I would also need to wake her periodically, including through the night, to make her breathe deeply and actually cough, so fluid didn’t build up in the bottom of her lungs . . . Mental note: Next time, schedule survery for Thursday, instead of Tuesday, if given an option . . .

She’s still on pain meds (narcotics), and they, and the anti-nausea meds, make her pretty sleepy, but she did try standing on it tonight a little, with crutches, and made it to the kitchen . . . she can’t put a lot of weight on that leg yet–too painful, but hopefully over the next few days, it’ll increase.

She’s annoyed she can’t shower until Saturday . . .   

It’s off to the sack for me . . . I’m pretty tuckered right about now . . .

Thank you again, for all the positive mental vibes, prayers, and good wishes.

  1. Sending get well wishes from not so sunny Florida! All our best to you and yours!
    The van der Sandens

  2. Hugs to you and your family, Julie. It’s always tough when a loved one goes through something like this. Hang in there!


  3. You both are in my prayers for continued speedy and complete recovery!!! It seems not that long ago you were encouraging me after my surgery….I will always remember you and your generousity!!! It’s a difficult time but you both have this behind you.
    Spring is just around the corner…yeah!!!!!
    Sending smiles and hugs,

  4. Bless your heart! You had a mighty task there. My son had this same surgery Oct. 05. I totally sympathize with you and Haley. God Bless!

  5. So glad everything worked out so well & that it’s OVER! Just be aware that she will be a bit cranky after the next few days just because she CAN’T, but wants to walk so badly! It does take a toll mentally. Just kick your “Mom’s extra patience & extra love” into gear. You’ll get through it & will have some things to look back on & laugh about!

  6. Julie, haven’t been on the internet very much this week, just reading this about your daughter. Glad that everything is going good for her. May God continue to bless her healing process. Tina-too

  7. So glad everything went well, Julie, and that Hayley is doing okay. Wishing her a speedy recovery.

  8. Just want you to know that I’m keeping Hayley in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. Take care of yourself too. (((HUGS)))

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