April 28, 2011

pre-surgery pictures and update

Here she is patiently waiting for our buzzer to "buzz" so we know when it's our turn. Thankfully, she doesn't know yet that these buzzers are what restaurants use to notify you when your table is ready. That must really be confusing for older kids waiting for surgery - especially since you can't eat.

This was her reaction when we were told that surgery was bumped again. New time - 12:35!

She was so happy and playful all morning. It's amazing (sad actually) that she hadn't eaten since midnight yet she never asked for milk or food before the surgery. I'm glad she was happy and not as hungry as Branden and I were - we were starving!

Looking so very cute

She and I were having so much fun (crazy, I know!) right before she went in for surgery. She was making us laugh so hard. I just love her sense of humor.

Branden snapped a quick picture before we went back into the Operating Room. It's confirmed - I will never go with out bangs!

Thankfully surgery only took about an hour. They were able to go in laparoscopically verses open surgery so this was great news. The first hour in recovery was a bit rough. She was obviously in a lot of pain. However, after 2 doses of morphine she started to seem a bit more comfortable. Finding out that she couldn't have anything by mouth for 24 hours was a bit discouraging but completely understandable. We spent the next several hours in recovery waiting (and waiting) for her room to be ready.

We were finally transferred to the room about 4:15pm. Honestly, it was better down there. We have a roommate of course, but this roommate is only 3 years old and has about 6 family members by his bed at all time. He's been screaming non stop - which I feel bad about except for the fact that Annabelle is exhausted and can't fall asleep because of all the noise, he's getting breathing treatments every 3 hours - around the clock and he gets to eat so the room smells of pizza which is heart breaking for her. I've requested a room change but aren't sure we will get it. Branden is here now thank goodness but he will be leaving soon. Work's a bit crazy for him right now so he needs to go in tomorrow. Lord give me strength!

I will try and post her "post-op" pictures. There are some really cute ones. We are so very thankful that the surgery went well and are hopeful her body will respond to her new "button". I have to admit it's bigger than I expected and I cried when I first saw it. Like anything new it will take a bit of getting used to.

Thank you family and friends, FB friends and my on-line/blogging friends for ALL the love and support today. You sure know how to make a girl feel special :-) We were blessed to get a quick visit earlier from Annabelle's Neurosurgeon , Dr. Javahery, also our good friend Glenn (who works here) and my Dad who brought us dinner. It was nice to see each of you!

That's all for now!


  1. Glad the surgery went well. I will pray for a quick recovery and that you guys get a quieter room!!

  2. So thankful to hear the surgery went well. Did you get any rest? :(

  3. Nicole - I am a friend of your sister's family (I was the one taking pictures at the Peppino's fundraiser). I just want you to know that you are an amazing woman! I will continue to pray for Annabelle and your entire family. I love the honesty in your updates. Your family is an inspiration.

  4. I'm so glad it all went well. I can imagine how hard it was to see the new accessory, regardless of how much you "know" it will help. Prayers for you all for a quick recovery! And a room change!

  5. Those pictures are so precious! You would never know she was about to go into surgery...Such a beautiful, sweet angel! I'm so glad it went well, and I'm praying for a quick recovery. Love you guys!

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  7. It never ceases to amaze me how adaptable our kids are - cracking jokes and being funny even with an empty stomach when going into surgery! I can relate to the shock of seeing how big it was, sort of. New scars make me cry every time, no matter how prepared I think I am.

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    I was born with a rare life threatening disease.