Xiaoyun had a restless night - couldn't get comfortable and complained about her back itching. She had what looked like a blister next to her incision that was bothering her, and at some point through the night it finally broke open. The doctors seem to think it was a reaction to some tape used during the surgery, but aren't sure. We had about one solid 1 1/2 hours sleep and the rest was intermittent. This morning the surgeon came by and said all looked well for the next surgery on Wednesday. It is an anterior cut that is on the right side. They will remove another rib and vertebrae/discs. I asked him how many, and his reply was "As many as we can get our hands on - probably about five." He thinks the surgery will be shorter than the last one, and we're praying she bounces back quicker than the last one. It will be such a relief when we can finally get the halo/traction off of her, though that won't happen until the final surgery. The physical therapist came and had her walk a loop around the floor this morning - probably about 200 yards, and we did the same stroll again this afternoon. She did have one really rough spell early afternoon, but once I got her up in the wheelchair and distracted, she calmed down (thank goodness!). The child life therapist came by to have Xiaoyun paint a paper hot air balloon and make origami cranes late this afternoon, and that was very enjoyable to Xiaoyun. The therapist hung them from her ceiling and it appears as though we have a flock of cranes flying overhead. By the time Baba got there for the evening, she was doing much better and moving freely (though slowly) on her own - such a difference than just a couple of days ago!
*BTW - if you sent Xiaoyun a cheer card the last few days, she didn't receive them. They had a glitch with their computer and lost some messages. If you wouldn't mind to resend them, she'd really love to get them!!!
nortonhealthcare.com - click on Cheer Cards, and put Evelyn Willoughby (not sure if just Xiaoyun Willoughby would get to her. Thanks so much!