Day 137 | JANUARY 25, 2022
Good Evening Friends, today is day 137 of our new and amazing life !
Today is a very special day! It is Charlie’s last CEA surgery ( at least for now) , and Thank God it went very well!
This morning I woke up and as I showered all I could think was Charlie surgery and how at that very moment she would be at the OR.
Around 7:45a my phone rang, and it was the hospital number, for a second I got worried, because it has been at least 2 surgeries ago since they needed my consent, so I nervously answered the call, and to my relive it was the Anesthesiologist asking for consent for her anesthesia for todays surgery.
After breakfast I took London to school and got to work. Today I had a very productive and blessed day at work, but all I kept thinking about was Charlie.
Around 11:40am, another call from the hospital, this time was for an update from the OR, Charlie was doing well and they were progressing as planned .
I left for the hospital around 1:30p, and when I arrived at the hospital, Charlie was back in her room , and to my pleasant surprise she was not on the ventilator!! Yay! Charlie is so strong !
When I walked in, Charlie was a little sleepy. She looked at me and I could see the pain in her eyes, she had tears rolling down her face. I know Charlie and for her to cry of pain, it means the pain is excruciating!
It does break my heart to see her in so much pain !
The pain comes from her donor sites and also from where they place the CEA, as part of their wound bed preparation, they literally shave off the wound to make it bleed before placing the Epicel , I can’t even start to describe or imagine the pain that Charlie is feeling right now, it brings me a incredible amount of sadness to see her in pain.
I did the only thing I could to offer some sort of comfort, I stood next to her bed and stroked her hair and head for over 40 minutes until she was asleep.
Today being at her room, brought me back to early memories on this journey, me seating on the chair facing her bed and just staring at her while asleep as I wrote this journal , I have dreamed of this day for a long time and It is a day filled with mix feelings, in a way I am overjoyed with happiness for her successful surgery and hopefully it will be the last for a while, on the other hand I am heartbroken to see her in pain, and also sad because now even temporary she has lost the use of her arms again 😞, she is really bummed about that , because now she has to depend on others to feed her , but it is temporarily and within 2 weeks or so, she will be able to move her arms again.
Yes, I am very grateful for today, we are one step closer from rehabilitation, but this is a very painful step, please pray for Charlie's pain to diminish, she is strong but this time around she is feeling it.
I am so grateful for her medical team, they are taking very good care of Charlie.
I kindly ask for your prayers, Charlie will need it this next few days.
I know that Charlie is dreaming of the day she will be reunited with her boys, today’s surgery got her one step closer !
Now this is the next day we have started to dream about! The first time Charlie will see her boys since the accident.
May God Bless You!