Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Surgery Update

Anna's surgery went well. The surgeon commented that she is "remarkably straight". He was quite excited that he was able to straighten her more than he expected. This was an answer to prayer. She started with a 95 degree curve. The traction reduced it to 68. I don't know what it is now, but we are thankful that is is straighter than anticipated. I'll have to get the actual number later.

One interesting side effect is that for the first time I have heard her cry. Because her lungs and diaphragm were so affected by the curve, her body compensated in some strange ways. One was that when she cried no sound came out. But in her room tonight she cried and it was a normal healthy cry. Sort of weird to be excited about a cry. I'm sure at some point I'll miss having a child who doesn't make a sound when she cries - it makes it much easier to ignore!! But for now the cry was rather amazing.

She is currently in a lot of pain, and is on a morphine drip. They hope to get her up tomorrow - we will see. We are very thankful that God answered our prayers for a straight back. Thanks for your prayers and will keep everyone updated.

1 comment:

Cindy Marsch said...

So glad--the note about the crying is very moving! There's a parable in there somewhere.