Tuesday, April 15, 2008

and so it begins

Marian's having a bit of a nap now, recovering from surgery to place a double lumen Broviac catheter (as she explains it, "it's 2 tubes that go to my heart and now no more pokes!") and a very late night in the ER. We were scheduled to come in this morning and start our BMT adventure with the surgery, but crazy intestine action this weekend had the powers that be concerned that she was dehydrated, not really the way to start before fasting for surgery. So Nathan finished up taxes and I finished up all the unnecessary packing that made me feel better and we rushed out to Philly. Except it all took us forever and we didn't get here until midnight :). Into the room by 4:00 am, though, which actually exceeded my expectations. We've been coping via games this visit, with Settlers of Catan in the ER and Nertz (a card game) in the surgery waiting room. I was giddy with lack of sleep and panic, but have been able to keep it silly instead of sobbingly so. Such a fine line :). I think the worst part of being at the hospital, other than the REASON, is all of the sad parents. The waiting room vista is seriously sobering, and slipping through the ER to our triage room (our doctor arranged for us to skip the soaking in germs part) almost brought me to tears (granted, a rather easy feat). Luckily, our room overlooks the ER because, for some reason, the ER waiting lounge has a 9-story vaulted ceiling for our viewing enjoyment.

But we are safely settled and the princess is resting well. So far we've only dipped into the Legos in her treasure bins, but great things are in store! Thanks for checking in with us.

7 comments:

Snippety Gibbet said...

Hi, Valerie.....Thanks so much for posting with an update. I'm keeping you all in my prayers. jan

Johanna said...

Hi Marian, You're getting loads of thoughts, love and prayers coming from Sweden. And I hope you'll be able to enjoy the three aunts. :)

nyjlm said...

Sleep well tonight, sweet Marian.
We're thinking of you.

Anonymous said...

Good luck, godspeed!

kathi d said...

Praying real hard for all of you here!!

Stacey said...

We love you all. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers constantly.

nertzfan said...

Hi, I found your blog post through a search for "Nertz". It is cool to see others that know about the game. I hope you don't mind but I wanted to let you know about playnertz.com, the site for the National Nertz Association. There is a bunch of interesting Nertz information there and you can also find out how to play Nertz online there. I hope you will check it out. Feel free to join and also let your friends and family know. Thanks again