I will try again – the computer seems to have eaten my post!
Sorry for the delay in updating things here; once Ruth was out of surgery last night, things were very busy, and then we didn’t have access to the internet until this morning.
As soon as he had finished operating (it took about 6 hours), the surgeon rang us to say that he was very pleased with the way everything had gone from his point of view. We weren’t able to see Ruth for quite a while, as her blood pressure was very low when she got to the Recovery Room, and there was concern about some unexplained bleeding from her kidneys. However, she is OK, and this seems to be resolving. She did lose a considerable amount of blood during the surgery, which was not unexpected; this particular operation involves a lot of gore. (Sorry if this is too graphic – I am trying to be as polite as possible 🙂 Some of this blood was replaced at the time. So far she has not had a blood transfusion, but it is quite likely that she will within the next day or two. As you can imagine, she is very pale and tired, but in good spirits.
Ruth now has about 16 screws, 3 hooks and two straight rods attached to her spine. We are all looking forward to seeing the Xrays they will take when she is able to stand up in a few days’ time!
She is particularly fond of the “Patient Controlled Analgesia” button, which gives her an instant burst of Morphine any time she presses it. It makes her smile. And then she falls asleep for a little while. She says she “Loves, loves, loves” it.
She had a good night, back in her own room, and slept on and off in between all the frequent interruptions and close observations. She has been sipping water and sucking on ice blocks, and thanks everybody for them – she is a great girl!
This morning, the physiotherapist came to help her sit up briefly on the side of the bed, which was quite a feat. She asked Ruth if she would like to sit out on a chair, but was politely declined 🙂 She is coming back this afternoon for another session.
We can’t tell you how much it means to all of us to read your comments, and to know that so many of you are praying for Ruth, asking God to take care of her. He certainly is.
Despite being tired, pale, sore and attached to lots of equipment, Ruth is her usual, calm, capable self. She got the laptop organised this morning, through the bedrails, and Skyped her sister Miriam in London. And then drifted off to sleep again. Those drugs …