I am totally wiped out after a crazy 5 days. And, my wrists are worn out from painting and cleaning, so I'm not sure how long I can stand to type. We have an appraiser coming tomorrow (for a refinance). I know the cleaning shouldn't really matter, but we'd like the house to be as presentable as possible.
Anyway, the BIG news: Sumana had her pre-op appointment with Dr. Sanders today. She will receive 2 rods: one connected from rib to rib, the other from rib to spine. It will be a HUGE incision . . . 14+ inches. They WILL have to deflate her lung. She WILL be on a ventilator at least 1-2 days (and can't get up and around til AFTER it is removed). The operation will last about 5 hours, with 5-7 days spent in the hospital. I so wish I had asked Greig to come to the appointment. I thought I was well prepared, but I guess I was relying on alot of wishful thinking.
I can't tell you how upset I am about having her lung deflated. When the doctor explained where the VEPTRs were going, I could understand that an inflated lung could easily get in the way. However, with Sumana's history, I am not very optimistic about her pulmonary health post-op. Dr. Voter was very pleased with her progress in lung function, so maybe it'll be better than I anticipate. It's definitely going to be the focus of my prayers.
Thursday Sumana goes for an anesthesia pre-op appointment. I've never heard of such a thing, but I guess they will discuss the ventilator and maybe show us one. She'll also get her bloodwork done that day. I'd appreciate your prayers for that one! Maybe the same tech will be there again to sing 'Jesus Loves Me' to her!