Saturday, April 20, 2013

27 hours

27 hours after they picked us up to take Lucy down for her surgery, we were discharged from the hospital.  Lucy is so strong and we are so grateful for her resiliency as she recovers from her second major surgery in the first 9 weeks of life.  

Words alone fail to explain the complete roller coaster of emotions that we have felt in the last few days.  Exhaustion, panic, hope, fear, relief, love, thankfulness, frustration, peace.  None of those words tell the whole story.  Maybe the only word that comes close is grace.  God's grace has sustained us in our weakness.  Where we have had no strength, he has been strong for us.  Where we have been confused, frustrated, angry, he has been peace for us.  We are unworthy of all that God has called us to be and unworthy of the blessing that Lucy has been to our family.  

We are certainly not out of the woods yet.  8-10% of shunt repairs see some sort of infection that involves a follow-up procedure and 50% of shunts fail in the first year and need a corrective intervention to be made (that percentage jumps to 60 in the first 3 years).  Lucy will have an additional surgery in another 8-9 years to lengthen the drain tube further into her belly.  

Pray with us for continued peace.  Pray for rest.  Pray for keen eyes to watch for warning signs of the infection and possible shunt failures.  

Below are a few snapshots of the last few days (phone pictures only in our unpreparedness)...

Just after surgery, still in recovery

So, a lot of people have asked what it looks like...everything is internalized. You can see the shunt protruding above her ear and from behind her ear there is a very small tube that runs along the side of her neck and down the front into her belly cavity where the fluid is then absorbed back into her body.

a few hours after being back in the room we noticed this jar inside a baggie at the end of her bed. "What is this?" Josh said
Oh, her hair...totally didn't cross our minds that we would have any interest in saving this. Technically I guess it was her first hair cut :)

Here we are, ready to go home...24 hours after brain surgery. Is that crazy or what?
We are so blessed!

Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say Rejoice.  Amen.


Joshua and Annie Earls said...


I just got caught up with sweet Lucy's story. What an amazing little girl God is equipping her to be. She will be a light to you and to those you come in contact with! God is never more evident than in the struggles we face in life and it seems he draws even more near to us in these times. I realized, after all of our ups and downs with Bella, that it is ok to cry or to laugh, and that we are only human... take each day at a time... with His grace and mercy! Love you guys!

Annie Earls

Joshu95 said...

Bless you, Jodi! Praying for you guys and little Lucy! God will give you peace, and I'm so thankful that everything went okay in the surgery! Many prayers coming your way!

Joanna Shumaker