Great Things He has Done...
Whew! What a relief! Carter's surgery went great. His incision is smaller than what was expected. He has already started wiggling both of his legs and feet. He will need to remain flat for the next 48 hours, but he can lay on his back, his stomach or his sides. He just has to stay flat. The reason he has to stay flat is to maintain his spinal fluid and to allow his incision to heal. After he lays flat for 48 hours we will work on getting him up out of bed and pain control. Depending on how he does, depends on how long he will have to stay in the hospital. We do not expect to be here any longer than 7 days. We are praying he will continue to do exceptionally well and we will be home sooner than 7 days.
Watching Carter go through hospital stays will never get easier, although everything about this hospitalization has been close to wonderful. The PICU was full so instead of canceling Carter's surgery they placed him on Intermediate Care Service. Which basically means he is on a regular monitored floor, but his nurse only has one patient. It was such a God thing. Just thinking about having to go back through the PICU doors made Brandon and I both sick. Another thing we were dreading was the wait time from the time he would get out of surgery until the time the PICU had him stable enough for us to see him. Since he did not have to go to the PICU, we were immediately able to see him after surgery and we were able to be by his side when he woke up. I know it is just a small thing, but it made all three of us feel so much better!
There really is no sweeter name than the name of Jesus. I am not sure why but his presence is so much more evident when we are in the hospital. Each hospitalization makes us realize just how blessed we are. Just how blessed we are to have been chosen to be Carter's parents. He has held us up when our legs have not been able to. He has held our eyes open when we no longer could. He has given us strength through the unimaginable. He has given Carter the soul of a fighter. He has been by Carter's side this entire time and we give Him all of the Glory! Please continue for Carter. Pray that he will tolerate laying flat for the next 48 hours. For his pain to stay managed and for complete healing. We are excited to see what God has in store for Carter's future. Great things He has done! To God be the Glory!!!
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18