July 11, 2013
So do not fear, for I am with you
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you and help you
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
|Healing up better now :)|
So, yesterday, they took Madeleine in for a little more surgery to put two drains into her abdomen. The doctors removed a quart of the fluid and are leaving the drains in place until the situation is remedied as things heal. Apparently, the fluid is "bile" and this post-operative problem is not uncommon with this kind of surgery.
Madeleine definitely seems to be a lot more comfortable since the drains have been put in, so hopefully she can now really get on with her recovery. They are planning to take out the drains and her central line in the next few days.
|NIH clothes-drying rack|
Staying longer means clean clothes are needed...so fortunately, NIH has on-site washers and dryers for families. However, when the clothes aren't quite dry at the end of the cycle, Deanne has found a way to finish the job (see adjacent picture).
During these days at NIH, Deanne and Madeleine have been able to meet other patients who are in varying stages of the same treatment, and it has been really helpful to hear their stories and learn from those who are further ahead in the treatment process.
Thank you again for your prayers and encouragement.