Monday, August 17, 2009

Drew's surgery

Since so many people have been asking me about Drew's surgery, I talked with Cara and decided to post the information on the blog. Drew will be having surgery tomorrow morning in Madison. Here is information from an email that Cara sent out:

"Andrew's CT scan and pre-op appointments are set for August 13th and his surgery is set for August 18th. We will be here in Madison at American Family Children's hospital. He will be the first surgery of the day starting at about 7am. We have a team of a Pediatric Neurosurgeron and a Pediatric Plastic Surgeon. The surgery is 6-7 hours long. We are expecting a 2 day stay in ICU and a 5-7 day hospital stay total. I will be staying at the hospital the entire time, unfortunately they only let 1 parent stay overnight.
For the surgery he will have a zigzag incision from ear to ear. First they remove and reform the forehead, then they do the same for the brow ridge. All the screws and plates are disolvable, they disappear in about a year. His stiches are disolvable as well so we don't have to go back for removal. There is little chance of developmental delay from the surgery or the anesthesia. The main concern is blood loss, we know he will have to have a transfusion. If anyone has questions, just let us know. We will be sending e-mail and Facebook updates during the hospital stay."

Cara set up a CaringBridge website for Drew. Here is the information she sent out about that:

Dear Family and Friends,
To keep you up to date on Andrew and his upcoming surgery, I created a CaringBridge website. You can follow Andrew’s progress and show your support. We will be updatng the website with journals and pictures up to and through his surgery, and through his recovery.
Visit Andrew’s website in two easy ways:

1. Visit the CaringBridge website by clicking the link below.
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/andrewbricco

2. Enter the website name, andrewbricco, at www.CaringBridge.org.
When you visit you’ll be asked to log in, because I’ve chosen to keep the site private.
Show your support for Andrew
• Visit and keep up to date.
• Leave a message in the guestbook.
• Receive e-mail notifications when the journal is updated.
Thank you.
Cara

Ryan, Caden, and I headed to Madison tonight so that we could be at the hospital right away in the morning. Here is a cute pic of the cousins bonding tonight. Actually, Caden had just ripped Drew's nuk out and was attempting to put it back in. He missed:


Here is another cute one.


I will also keep my blog updated about Drew's progress, but make sure to sign up for the CaringBridge emails, too.

Have a good night!

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