- We were surprised at how quickly the procedure went!
- Originally we were told they’d be using silk stitches that would have to be removed. She does not–hers will dissolve. This could be good and bad. I’m not going to pretend to know better or than the doc–however originally we were told the dissolvable ones can produce swelling and redness which can cause additional concern when caring for and watching for infection/rejection of skin graft. I imagine, the dissolvable ones were used BECAUSE the graft went so well–why go back and mess with it later, right?
- We were pleasantly surprised by how little of her hair had to be cut! We got a little card with her hair on it that says, “Riley’s haircut” 💔
12:45PM: Already we were being whisked away to see our precious girl in recovery. As soon as she laid eyes on mommy, both burst into tears, and Riley asked to be held. While they checked the last few bits of vitals and such she got to talk to us, and say, “love you much!” She even smiled at us while we held her hand! We had our Riley back!
1:00PM-ish: You can watch this stuff happen on TV or even to someone else, but when it’s your kids, sometimes it’s too much. April got a good glimpse at Riley’s incision and before we knew it, she turns white and says, I think I’m going to faint.
The nurse jumped in, got her some juice, water, and a cloth. April didn’t fully pass out, but got ghostly white and said it sounded like she was underwater.
A little bit of nausea from both patients and things were starting to calm down. Since things were calming down, Pappaw Danny was able to go back and say goodbye before he had to go back to work.
1:20PM: We were shuttled to our room. For the next hour or so, it was all about getting Riley admitted to hospital side of things, vitals, getting settled, etc. At 2pm though, we did get very small window, to FaceTime big sister so they could see each other. 💙💜💕
3:30PM: Grandpa Horner came by and by now, the edge had been taken off of her pain and we were able to get a lot more smiles from our girl.
Going to share a few images–the next one being a little more graphic.
Thumbs up Dad! She destroyed her applesauce, PB&J, and mandarin oranges!! Hungry baby!!
Pain tolerance on this girl must be really high though! After playing whack-a-mole with the heart monitor alarm button, they came in and gave her some more meds to take that out.
6:49PM: She’s finally resting in bed, April got to eat and finally got a restroom break!
Hopefully, depending on Riley, we’ll be able to get out of here by the end of the week!
As far as follow up, we have to go back in 2 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year. After that it’s maintenance appointments.
Hopefully we can keep her and Cadence from doing too much, too fast when they reunite!
Boy oh boy! What a day!
We’ll keep you updated if anything major happens, the triumphant return home, and any future developments for those that have been following Riley’s journey.
Thanks so much for all the prayers, well wishes and thoughts!