Saturday, January 8, 2011

Ten hours

That's how long Émilie's surgery was on Thursday: ten hours of worry, of hoping, praying, panicking, and knitting (well, for me, anyway). It was a long day.

But the good news is that the neuro-surgeon estimates that he removed 90-95% of the tumour, preliminary testing still points to it being benign, and there was no visible damage to the auditory or facial nerves. They extubated her really quickly, and we were able to see her in post-op. She spent the night in the ICU, and was released back to her own room yesterday morning.

I spent the day (and night, but that's another story...) with her yesterday, and by the end of the day she was eating and drinking. By this morning she was insisting I go to the cafeteria to get her some breakfast, because the tray wasn't coming fast enough to her liking, and by 2 this afternoon she had been transferred to a fancy-pants wheelchair to take a tour of the ward.

Ten hours of brain surgery. And less than 48 hours later, she's out of bed, colouring, and bossing her father and I around as always. The kid's amazing.

Happy Knitting Everyone.

19 comments:

Chantal Boucher said...

Que d'excellentes nouvelles Tara!! Merci Seigneur!!

yesiknit said...

So glad to hear! Still praying for a speedy recovery and good news on the lab work!

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Excellent news! She's a trooper! Glad to hear everything went well.

So... they removed 90-95% of it... what about the 5-10%? They will need to go back in? So glad to hear it's still looking benign! Such a relief! Good news!

How long before she gets to recover at home, if all goes well?

~RaenWa~ said...

I am so happy to hear that her surgery went well. I hope she has a speedy recovery so you all can be at home together.

Laurie said...

My knitting (and everything else!) will indeed be happier after reading this. Praying for more of that wonderful Vitamin B9 and a very, very speedy recovery for your little one.

chudoland said...

Tara, what good news!!! I'm so happy to read about recovery! Last Friday was Orthodox Christmas and we prayed for Emilie. My daughter Melanie (4 years old) drew a picture with flowers for Emilie. I'll take photo and link it today.

Alrischa said...

I can't imagine a longer ten hours! How did the others go without knitting to occupy their hands!? So glad to hear that everything has gone well; I've been thinking of you heaps.

Make sure you get a photo of all the staples and the crazy haircut! Then you can pull it out (in about 10 years) to show her boyfriends ;)

Sinéad said...

I'm so glad everything went well, I have been thinking about you all over the last week. She's one tough cookie. I predict greatness in her future.
Hugs to you all.

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

Que de bonnes nouvelles! Children are so amazing.

Caroline said...

Wonderful news. Bravo Émilie, you're a superkid!

Sereknitty said...

Such good news! I'm continuing to pray for a full recovery.

sapphireblue said...

Thank goodness! Get well soon!

IrishGirl said...

Praying for your little girl (and her mommy and daddy, too).

dawn said...

That's great news...I'm in awe of the resiliency of kids. You're in my prayers!

Ali P said...

Everyone here is relieved and happy at Emilie's amazing bounce back from such a procedure. Kids are miraculous, non? I am thinking of you often, pet. I loves my T-Roc and am glad that things are taking a turn for the less sucky. May Less Sucky be a theme for the year...as in "this weekend was less sucky than the same weekend in 2010!" or "The Valentine's gifts I got this year are way less sucky than the one's I got last year!!" . xxxxxxooooooo

Tim said...

Tara I am so happy for all of you. What a marvellous child she is - but she got that from her mom. I send you hugs and I would love to get together with the 4 of you sometime in the not too distant future

Tim said...

Just want to also mention that I love the pic of my mom teaching you how to knit!

Louise said...

J'ai lu toute l'histoire d'Émilie aujourd'hui et j'ai eu des frissons en pensant à votre angoisse et j'ai versé des larmes de soulagement parce qu'elle va mieux. Merci Seigneur ! Je vous souhaite une excellente année 2011 !

g-girl said...

glad to hear that things seemed to have gone well with the surgery!