Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Post Surgery

Carson made it through the surgery well. He will be heavily sedated for the next day or so to make sure he doesn't move around too much. After the surgery, the doctor's still can't tell us anything about bowel/bladder control, the necessity for a shunt, or the sensation in his legs.

All they know is what they found in surgery: His spinal cord was sticking out through the cyst. Two nerve endings that were supposed to go to his legs were attached to the skin on his back. The doctor needed to cut them so the spinal cord could lay into the spinal column. They can't tell the extent of the damage.

Because the cyst was smaller than they originally thought, the plastic surgeon had an easier time closing up the wound than expected. A two inch cut is all that is left of the cyst. It should heal up in the next few days.

From here we wait. Doctors don't think they will know anything about anything for at least a few days. Most likely we will not know about the leg sensation for one or two weeks.

The Lord answered a lot of prayers for us today. We slept well last night, were at peace through most of the day, Emily's surgery went great, and our baby is the cutest ever (we especially prayed for that). We move forward with faith that God is in control. We know that your prayers are helping carry us through. Thank you for your prayers and support. We will post again soon!

Love,
Nate & Em

7 comments:

Leigh and Andy said...

We're so happy to hear that Carson's surgery went well! We will continue to keep the three of you in our prayers and cannot wait to meet the cutest baby in the world (for another three weeks anyway, then there may be a tie for the cutest). :)

csbuma said...

Congratulations on Carson's arrival. He is adorable. We thank God for him. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Cori has been keeping us up to date with what is happening today.

We love you.

Craig and Shari

Robin said...

We're continuing to pray!

Anonymous said...

Emily and Nate, your Carson boy is beautiful!!! So happy its going as well as it is...will continue to lift your little family up in our prayers. Congrats to Grandma Brenda and Grandpa Bruce too!!
Love,
Phill and Sandy(Mosey)Stassen

cara said...

Congratulations nate and Em! Carson is so cute. I can't wait to meet him. You are all in our prayers.
Love,
the Palmers

Manda said...

Congratulations on Carson's birth. We'll be praying during these next few days and weeks as you learn more about his health.

Love to all 3 of you!
Manda (Hoekzema) Hart

MommaKathi said...

Wow! congrats! What a beautiful little boy! We will keep you all in our prayers.
Kathi and Justin