What parent can describe the emotions of seeing your child in a hospital bed with tubes everywhere? There is a tenderness that wells up inside you, years of memories that rush in threatening to engulf you, an utter sense of helplessness at not being able to ¨make it all better¨ like you used to. In this scene there is at once both fragility and courage and you are filled with awe at the inner strength of your child, of their will to live, of their beauty and determination.
You would take their place in a heartbeat. Love is like that.
You would do anything to relieve their pain and suffering. Love is like that, too.
We have barely seen our daughter since she went into surgery yesterday and we can hardly wait for her to wake up from her second surgery today and look into her hazel eyes, to whisper ¨Im right here,¨ to just be near her. The Dr said she´s very strong and we agree that yes, her strength is gentle but stubbornly ever-present.
She´s gonna kick this thing...and we´ll be watching and cheering.
UPDATE: Yesterday´s surgery was very successful in the Dr´s eyes. They took out her stomach and found 3 other small tumors while they were in there (previously unknown) which they removed. They did the localized chemo wash in her abdomen for an hour or so and then closed her back up.
Today she started bleeding and they had to give her blood to try and stabilize her and then take her to emergency surgery to find where that was coming from. There was an artery which was bleeding and they closed that up. She is stable again and sleeping. Can´t wait to see her tonight!
Recovery will take about 6 weeks. She will be in Intensive Care for several days and then be transferred to a regular room. She will probably be 2 weeks in the hospital before coming home.
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Photo by: prevocdoc
Photo by: prevocdoc