Sarah finally had her surgery last Thursday (7/17/2008). Obviously, it took a while to get done, but it is now done and she is home recovering. She is in a lot of pain, and she looks like she’s been beat up pretty good, but we are all hoping this is the beginning of nothing but good things for her. It seems like there has been one health issue after the other over the past few years which has made her pretty miserable at times. I just want her to be happy and healthy. I want my wife back and the girls want their Mommy back.
When all was said and done, we were pretty happy with the way it all turned out. Her surgery was scheduled for 2:30 pm so we needed to check in at the hospital by 1:00 pm. We got there at about 12:45 pm and started waiting and waiting. Apparently, the surgery before Sarah’s started about 45 minutes late and they ran into a few problems during that surgery so they didn’t even take Sarah back to the OR until 5:00 pm. They estimated it would take the entire surgery approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. Since there was so much she was getting done (the hernias, the ovarian cyst and the gallbladder) and since she was having 2 doctors perform the surgeries, I doubted that very much.
Dr. Sharp did the cystectomy first and said that everything went very smoothly and he was able to get the cyst out of her ovary without any problem. He had prepared us for a possible oophorectomy if things didn’t go according to plan, but Sarah still has both ovaries and Dr. Sharp said that the cyst looked benign to him but would still send it to pathology to be properly assessed. But he was pleased with how things went.
Dr. Langell then went to work on the gallbladder and the hernias. From what he told me, the gallbladder came out without a problem. There was one stone that had left the gallbladder and had started going into the bile duct (I think) but they were able to flush that out quite easily. There were 2 existing hernias when Dr. Langell started the surgery but they created one so there were 3 hernia repairs to do total. Dr. Langell had told us of his concern for infection by using mesh. He was worried about leakage from the gallbladder removal getting on the mesh and causing an infection. Luckily, there was no leakage from the gallbladder, but he said there was some discharge from the ovary that he wasn’t convinced did not contain bacteria so he just sutured the hernias. The surgery was finished and he came and spoke with me a little after 8:00 pm. I was relieved it was finally over. Sarah finally got to her room around 9:00 pm.
They had told us that she would “possibly” stay over night for the surgery. With the late start time, we knew she would be there over night. Unfortunately, she had to share a room with another woman who was stuck in the hospital. It was not always pleasant for Sarah. She has had some interesting roommates in the past, but this one took the cake. Maybe she’ll tell you about it later. On Friday, here Case Manager came to talk to her and asked her “So, are they letting you go home tomorrow or Sunday?” When Sarah told me that, I was surprised. They told us “possibly” one night, now we were looking at 2 or 3 nights. She ended up staying 2 nights and coming home late Saturday afternoon.
We were very unimpressed by the level of care she received the first night she was there. After I left, her IV came undone and blood was squirting all over her and her bed. It took about 45 minutes for someone to even come in to help her. I had to come back to make sure she was getting the things she needed. While I was there, her nurse told her they didn’t allow overnight visitors on the floor. I told Sarah, “Tell her I’m not spending the night, I got here at 12:30 am and would only be staying for the morning.”
We were so excited to get her home and have her around. I wish she would have come home sooner so we could get settled into a routine and figure out where Sarah needed help the most. Granny came on Sunday morning and is staying until the morning of the 27th when she will fly back to Vegas. I like to have things a little bit more figured out than learning on the fly with someone there. However, we will take whatever we can get. Granny was so sweet to come out when she did, and for a whole week! We know she is just as busy as the rest of us, we were just glad to know we could call her and she was willing to come and help take care of Sarah and the girls.
We are so grateful for my mom and dad and all their help. My mom took Tori at about 11:30 am and she kept her all day long. Then she and my dad took care of her during the evening, brought her up to the hospital to see Sarah around 9:00 pm, let her stay the night at their house, then my mom dropped her off at our house in the morning on her way to work the following morning. Then they took her again on Friday night and had her sleep over that night and took her all day long on Saturday until they dropped her off at our house at about 9:00 pm that night. They called a few times during the surgery to see how it was going and offered to do whatever they could to help us. It has meant a lot to me and Sarah and the girls to know they are there for us no matter what.
We also want to thank all of those who called or emailed the day of the surgery and while Sarah was in the hospital. Mom and Dad, Auntie Jess, Amber, Granny, Grandma Poulsen, Stacey, Savanna, Ty and Aubrie, Christine, Tammy, Emily, and Cynthia: Thank you so much for your concern and care, it means so much to us to know that you are mindful of us even when we know you are busy. A quick email or call was a real pick me up for Sarah and she could have used as many visitors, whether in person or by phone, as she could get.
I think that’s it for now. I’m sure I’ll remember some additional details a little bit later. Feel free to leave a comment. We love them.
Oh, and a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our favorite Savanna in the whole entire world: Savanna Green. Today is her birthday (she’s finally 13 everyone!) and we wanted her to know just how much all 4 of us love her and appreciate her and her friendship. She is an amazing person, friend and family member. We love you (and Billy too!) so much. I am grateful to have gotten to know you over the last couple years. (Just a little FYI for everyone who doesn’t know when I’m joking around, Savanna is 21 today. Hooray!)