We arrived at Sloan bright and early at 6:30 am Friday. At 9:30 am the folks in the white coats came to get Shawn to prep him for surgery. By 10:30 am things were underway. Shawn's Dad and brother, Ed, arrived shortly after and joined me as we waited for updates from the "6th floor". We busied ourselves by telling funny family stories and sampling just about everything off of the cafeteria menu. I was starving because I had done "pseudo" fasting with Shawn the day before his surgery. By "pseudo" I mean I would duck into another room out of sight to snarf down a quick snack and he would yell.....I can smell that!
Shawn's surgery wrapped up by 3:30 pm. We met with the surgeons and got the excellent news that all had gone well..."could not have been better, textbook" they said. It would be hours before we could see Shawn though and finally he settled into his room on the 16th floor at 9:30 pm. Shortly after that we said good night and returned to our apartment for the night.
On Saturday Shawn woke up to find that someone had parked a toyota on his stomach. Despite that the nurse had him up and walking by 5 in the morning. As the day progressed...so did the pain. After several hours, several phone calls to the Doctor and several dropped F-Bombs by all involved....they found the right mix and the pain was under control. Thank goodness.
Today, Sunday, things seem good. Shawn is feeling better and has been doing a lot of walking throughout the hospital hallways. Over a mile today. The nurses keep saying that he is doing great and boy what a wonderful bunch of nurses they have here at Sloan! I've taken a closer look at his battle wounds and all I can say is wow...he's tough. One incision runs from his breastbone to his pubic bone and there are two other incisions on either side of that. He looks a bit like he had an encounter with a great white. That may be the story we tell in the future to explain the scars...but there are so many other good possibilities, we will cross that bridge when we come to it. Suggestions are welcome.
Thank you for your ongoing prayers and good vibes. Will update you soon.