Thank you all so much for praying for Katee. It was an intense/exhausting week and we are glad to be on the other side of surgery (although it brings challenges of its own, for sure!). Honestly, Katee has handled all of this so much better than we/I anticipated and we give God all the glory for that.
We woke up a little after 5am Monday morning and drove the three hours to the hospital.
Katee walked right in with a smile, ready to face her surgery. (Seeing this picture now makes me miss her little walk!)
She was so good as we prepared for surgery and met with all the doctors and nurses. When one of the operating room nurses asked her if she wanted a cast on her hippo, she replied, "I don't trust you." Made me laugh. She did decide later that Hope the Hippo could have a little cast.
For past surgeries and castings Katee has had "happy juice" to ease the separation. This time, however, there wasn't time because the surgeon was ready for her. I was nervous about how the hand-off would go. Katee whimpered a little and told me she didn't want her surgery and that she wanted me to go with her . . . but when it was go-time, she timidly reached for the nurse and that was that. She was so brave. It's never ever easy to hand your child over for surgery no matter how large or small the surgery is.
It was a little over 5 hours before we saw Katee again. Thankfully, we got several updates while we waited. The surgeon said everything went very well and that while it was a difficult surgery, there were not any surprises. We are so thankful! He wants her to start therapy soon after the cast comes off in 5 weeks so that the hip doesn't get stiff.
It was so great to see our girl again! When she saw Ian and I walking toward her, she whispered in the tiniest voice, "I didn't even cry." I told her that is was ok to cry and that mommy and daddy loved her very much.
I pretty much spent the next two days and nights in her bed with her.
"Mommy, I want you sleep with me." How can you say no to that?! The first night she slept about 6 hours straight which was such an unexpected gift. The second night in the hospital wasn't nearly as restful, but I can't blame her one bit. She woke up and yelled/cried, "I want out of this bed!!!"
The days felt long and there were some hard hours of crying/frustration, but in between those times Katee watched lots of Dr. McStuffins, Paw Patrol, played with little toys, and talked with our visitors (so thankful for our aunts, uncles, and friends who stopped by to see us!).
Daddy was a great help and comfort too; I was so thankful for his strength and encouragement through this ordeal.
The surgeon thought she might need to stay a third night, but our awesome nurse did all she could to get things moving so we could go home on Wednesday. I think we all knew Katee would be more comfortable at home.
This is the super cool carseat the hospital loaned us that works with her cast. She traveled home really well. It's hard to believe this is the same child who used to scream so much in the car. ;)
And now we are adjusting to life with "the cast." (My goodness that thing is heavy and awkward!!) Thankfully, Miss K is in pretty good hands and Ori and Calla love to help her. Life these days feels demanding and busy, but God is giving us strength and we have had amazing support and help. Thank you again for praying!
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