Sorry it has taken me all day to post this. It's been a long day. Xiaoyun finally got to PICU around 2:30 this afternoon. The pleura has remained intact (so far), so no chest tube was needed. She did, however, need a unit of blood when all was said and done. From what we can tell, it appears she has about a twelve inch incision down her back. Of course, it is bandaged up, so we'll probably know more about that tomorrow. The surgeon said her spine is turned almost completely around at one point from where it should be.They removed parts of four ribs (which the surgeon said will grow back to some extent), and put in the rods. They were very encouraged after opening her up to see what a difference the traction and temporary rods were making, especially in her lower back. She goes for another chest xray tomorrow to see if there were any tears. They want her up walking some tomorrow and they begin her traction again in the morning (they gave her a break today). They'll start her back at 5 pounds and then gradually build back up to 18 pounds just in time for another surgery next Wednesday.
Speaking of next Wednesday, the surgeon was really stressing the fact she shouldn't do any more pain medicine than is absolutely necessary after tomorrow, because it will cut her appetite down, which in turn may cause her to heal slowly from this surgery (which would mean having to postpone the next surgery). We'd appreciate prayers for a good appetite and minimal amounts of pain so she can avoid the medicine.
More to follow in the morning when I can think a little clearer!
One week and two surgeries down!!! Praise God!!!!!!!!