What a day it was yesterday! We were so blessed by the reassurance from the doctors that the surgery would be "nothing like your first one." They were right! Around noon yesterday they placed a pic line in Richie's arm to give him some nutrition. It's been a week (last Wed. morning) since Richie's had anything other than jello and a popsicle to eat. We were so happy that my folks and Rich and Janet and Richie's sister Joy came to visit. They really lifted the mood and got Richie smiling and laughing again! We waited in our room until about 2pm, and they took us down to recovery to get ready for the surgery. The anesthesiologist was very kind and reassuring. The surgery only took a couple of hours, and most of the time taken was cutting him open and sewing him back up.
This morning the stomach tube came out, and Richie's just as strong as he was before the operation yesterday. He's walking up and down the hall and feeling pretty well. He's having a little pain, but nothing terrible. He'd definitely got his sense of humor back ;-) I am amazed at Richie's strength. He's a tough one, that's for sure. He really makes us laugh!
As soon as Richie starts "passing gas" he'll be able to eat and drink more. Hopefully within a few more hours.
Thank you so much for praying...see how God is answering your prayers?! Thank you for being such a huge part of Richie's recovery. I hope you all know what a big difference you all are making. We love you!!!!