We finally got to see Kelli tonight, around 7 P.M. They have her in the TCU wing, one step down from ICU. She should hopefully be in a normal room tomorrow. She does have a feeding tube, and oxygen. She couldn’t speak, obviously, so she quickly wrote out her questions and statements on a piece of paper. We told her our stories from the day, our time in the waiting room, letting her know about phone calls from well-wishers.
For the first time to day, I lost it emotionally. Seeing my sis in pain was tough. I feel like I’ve been relatively strong through all of this, but I seriously had to hold back major tears. We are grateful for the outcome of the surgery, it was one of the best scenarios, but it’s still going to be a long road for Kel. The intensity of all of that hit me hard tonight.
Even though she seemed uncomfortable, her spirits still seemed high. She was using her eyes to express her feelings, and by the end of our time with her, scribbling down jokes and sarcastic statements as quick as she could. I read her the many comments from all of her wonderful friends across the nation, on the blog and Facebook. She seemed to really enjoy that.
It was extremely difficult to say goodbye tonight. I’ll fly back to So Cal tomorrow morning, while my parents continue the care-giving here. We weren’t allowed to spend the night in the TCU, so she seemed disappointed with that. It felt a bit like we were abandoning her, as we wearily walked back to our car, both my mom and I pretty teary.
God is good. Today was more than we could have asked or prayed for, a successful surgery.
End of day 1.
On a funny note, there were clowns that came by the waiting room today. Here are some fun pics from us having clown “surgery”!