This is Emily, Buggy's sister commandeering her blog for a much needed update.  Unfortunately, Bugs and Toph are wandering the hospital halls like zombies for no apparent reason.  I think they're tired or something.  Can't fathom why, though...

We got our last update almost an hour ago from the sweet nurse practitioner.  She said that they were still just waiting and monitoring Gracey's vitals.  Apparently, there's still some bleeding, which is fine and not unusual, but they don't want her to leave the OR until all bleeding has stopped.  The surgery is over, but until the bleeding has stopped, she won't be sent back to the PICU, nor will Bugs and Toph get to see her.  So we're just waiting.  
The nurse practitioner did say that everything went well and was smooth... everything happened the way it was supposed to, and even though the whole process has taken longer than we expected, nothing is out of the ordinary.  They have decided not to close her up and it may be a couple days before they close her chest, but again, that's alright and not unusual.
Now, seeing as my mother and I are fasting until the surgery is completed, we're really hoping that we're in the home stretch.  Because the food magazines and recipe cards lying around the waiting room, and the guy next to us with the ice cream cone isn't helping.
Oh wait.... the nurse practitioner just walked in!!!  Just a sec....

Everything's been finalized and she's being moved to the PICU!!!  Hurrah!!!!  Dr. Kouretas will be in shortly to debrief them and they should be able to go back to the PICU in about 45 minutes.  We'll update after they've talked with Dr. K or they've had a chance to see their baby girl, who they're both pining for.  Of course, I can't really blame them.  She is kind of cute.

  Well, I think that means I can eat.  So I'm off to eat and Bugs or Toph should be back soon with another update.  Thank you for all your prayers!  As I watch these two sitting here, tired beyond belief, glazed over eyes, anxiously rubbing eachother's shoulders, hugging, and holding hands, I know they are being buoyed by your prayers, thoughts and comments.  They are so strong and loving and so grateful for all your love and prayers.  They matter and they help more than you'll ever know.


aj said...

Wonderful!! Thank you Emily!! Thank you so very much for posting.

We are indeed all calling each other and hoping one or the other has heard if Gracey was out of the OR.

Oh, I'm so relieved!! THANKS!

kalani said...

Thanks for posting Emily. What a good sister. I am so happy for their little and family and our big family. I can't wait until they get to hold their baby again.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so very much Emily. This is Grandma Atkinson and I have been at work all day and been trying to follow what is happening.
What a roller coaster ride!

carolyn q said...

Oh. . .thanks for posting the update. I am sure their eyes are full of tears of love for their little one and this wonderful miracle that has taken place. My thoughts and prayers continue!
Heart Hugs,
Carolyn Quigley
President, IHH

Christina said...

Thanks for the update. I have been checking every time I walked past the computer. What a miracle and such sweet blessings.

Hugs & Prayers,
Jacob's momma

Lauren K said...

HOORAY!!!! Thanks for the updates, send Ally and Topher and Grace (whenever you get to see her) my love.

Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! I'm so glad things went well! She will be in my prayers as she recovers from this surgery.

Random Lady from the internet! (I found your blog through Rhett and Pam's blog)