Tuesday, November 10, 2009
8:22 Everyone is doing good, tired. Will head down the hill to get some sleep now. Good night princess
7:13 Now have to wait again. It is shift change in the PICU. So can't go in and see Erica and Eden again until 8:00. The grandparents have headed to get the boys and rescue Aunt Carrie. Dr. Scaife and the team of doctors came to talk to us, said that everything went very well. Both patients were stable, and no hiccups during the procedure. They were able to close Eden easily. Sometimes they say that they can't close because not enough room, or because of asides but everything fit fine. With ultrasound afterwards they said everything was perfect, which is not very often they can say that. Tomorrow will be the big day though we have gone through the storm, but still need to get to shore. If there is no bleeding tomorrow it means that connections have worked, and they won't have to go in again, which is common. So we hope for the best. Thanks for all your comments and for checking on us and keeping us in your prayers and thoughts.
I will be staying at the Ronald McDonald House in SLC tonight and spending most of the day I am sure up at the hospital. Then sleeping at RMH.
5:40 Have got to see Erica already. She is doing good, sore. Making sure to keep up on the pain meds. They are closing Eden up now. They have made all the connections. Then just need to have ultrasound check that nothing moved while closing up, and that everything is good. Then she should be in the room next to Erica's in the PICU.
4:14 Erica is in recovery and waking up some. Still have to wait 30 minutes or so before can go see her. They are working hard on Eden. They have 2 of the connections complete already. They are working on the third. Best news is that the portal vein was open not closed as we thought earlier. So didn't have to use other donor veins, so hopefully less likelihood of rejection if only one donor. They said Erica is awake and talking some, but in a lot of pain so trying to get that under control.
3:13 So they are starting to close Erica up, and should be able to see her soon. They have Eden's old liver out, and are starting to hook up all the attachments.
12:37 PM They just came in, said that everything is going well. In the next 30 minutes or so they should have Erica's liver split, and ready for Eden. Eden is a little behind though so it will take a bit of time to finish getting Eden ready before they make the switch. Then they will close Erica up, and should be able to go see her in ICU after about 45 more minutes. So get to see one of my girls in the next 2 hours.
9:21 AM They just took Eden back. It took a bit longer they were waiting on the blood. They were going to start platelets right from the get go. Nurses came in and said that they started on Erica and were just beginning incisions. So far all okay.
7:45AM - they just took Erica back to get started. They were going to give her some feel good medicine to help calm her before they knock her out. I think we could all use some of that to take off the edge.
So Eden and I are just hanging out till they are ready for us. Dr. scaife was taking out a Appendix before he starts with Eden today.
Met with a lot of doctors, and anesthesiologist. Bigg bummer was they still had to draw labs for Eden twice today because of a mix up of accounts. Maybe it wasn't such a good think to have a bunch of EL initials in the family, things can get mixed up.
It is 6:14 we are up at registration for surgery today. It should begin with Erica around 7:30 and then Eden close to 8:30 - 9:00.
8:00 PM Night before Bishop Hawker and one of our home teachers came over and gave Erica and Eden blessings.
Posted by Douglas Lai at 5:14 AM