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!
Nate & Em