Tessa's doing well on postoperative day #1. Her spirits are good and, thanks to the epidural, she's hardly had any pain so far. She and Susan were able to get some sleep in 45 minute increments between vitals and such. Sam and I stopped by for a while before catching the plane home this afternoon.
In 2008 it took a long time for Tessa to smile easily and joke around like her normal self after her operation. I'm really encouraged by the fact that she already seemed like the regular old Tessa today! That all may change when physical therapy starts and the IV comes out, but for now it's great to see some definite signs that this won't be as rough as her last go-around was.
Talking to family on the phone last night, I was struck by the realization that my little girl doesn't have a leg-lengthening operation in her future. That's something we haven't been able to say since she was diagnosed in mid-January of 2001. It's an indescribable emotional release to have the big operations behind us. It's not over- she still has recover and rehab this summer and will need a minor operation next summer to remove the ISKD rod and pretty up her scars a bit, but we've rounded third and are headed for home, and it feels pretty great!
Susan's got the next few days covered, which will likely include bringing Tessa and her wheelchair, crutches and assorted paraphernalia back to the apartment where she can sleep on something not made of vinyl for the first time in several days. Keep the comments coming! Tessa really loves to read them.
(These photos are of Tessa this AM getting out of bed and into her wheel chair for the first time.)