They pumped her full of four different kind of medications to help her fall asleep, but our little Hazelnut pushed through them. She wanted nothing to do with sleep and kept her eyes open and made sure we knew she didn't like this new situation. But for someone so agitated, she remained extremely calm. She wasn't pulling away or flailing around at all; just keeping her eyes open! The nurses were astounded and we told them that our daughter has quite a strong will!
She remained pretty agitated throughout the night and even pulled out her NG tube (one that goes up her nose, down her throat and into her stomach to pump fluid out until her bowels begin working) a little bit, so she had to have her arms restrained. She really didn't end up falling into a deep sleep until late the next morning. She has been sleeping fairly peacefully ever since, waking up for 10 minutes or so here and there.
She has had an epidural in place since the surgery, so although she has been bothered by all the tubes, she doesn't seem to be in pain at all, which we are so thankful for. The nurses have all said that she is doing very well and will recover quite nicely. Slowly but surely, they continue to take out more tubes and today we are going to be moved upstairs to the 4th floor!
I am so glad to have this step in Hazel's recover behind us now! It is so good to know that that awful thing is no longer inside of my daughter but is instead being chopped to pieces to help researchers gather more data for a cure. Although we had an extremely successful surgery, it is hard to feel completely relieved knowing the long road we still have ahead of us, particularly the Stem Cell transplant. But for now, I will try to just focus on each day as it comes and rest easy knowing that the tumor is out! We have about 7-10 days ahead of us for recovery, then they will administer the last round of chemo for this phase of treatment! Praise God we are here!!!
I cannot thank you all enough for the support you provided us with on the day of her surgery. From the bottom of my heart I tell you that I could feel lifted up through your prayers and just knew that God was working!