Dr. McGhee then came out and told us the surgery went well and Olivia did great. We were so thankful.
We were then called back to the recovery room to see her. She was crying and trying to get out of her bed. I was not prepared to see her like that. I guess Alex and I both had it in our heads that since "everything went great", she would be her normal little self. She was very disoriented and upset. It broke my heart but I told myself that I wasn't going to lose it and upset her more. The nurse got Olivia out and handed her to me. I sat in a rocking chair and held her. I tried to console her and she sounded awful! Her throat was thick and she snored and drooled.
She even at some macaroni and mashed potatoes by that evening. We are so proud of what a trooper she is. We only had a curtain seperating us from all of the other patients in the ECU. We heard several other children crying and screaming all through out the day and night. Hospitals are a tough place to be. Mike and Marsha came by to see us as well. We were so glad to see them and to hear that Jed had improved. I have to take a moment to say that Mike and Marsha are two of the most genuine, giving, and precious people I have ever known.
We got to see a good friend, Robyn Abernathy. She brought Livi a ACH t-shirt and visited. It was great to see her. Everyone that we came into contact with at ACH was wonderful. Lots of upbeat and caring personalities work there.
Olivia got to go for a wagon ride through the hospital. We took her down to the gift shop and look around.
This ordeal has been quiet an experience. I never knew how much it can hurt to see your children go through tough times, but so far, it seems that our girls have taught us so much resilience and how to bounce back from pretty much anything.