Friday, March 23, 2007

My Courageous Girl!

Hayley's procedure went as smoothly as we prayed it would today! The staff was wonderful. The doctor was an hour late this morning, which meant we got there at 6am for a surgery time of 7:30ish and didn't go back to surgery until 9ish. Thankfully we came prepared w/ the portable DVD player, a new sticker book and a 38 cent bracelet that you would think was $380 as excited as she was about it! She was a trooper and handled everything beautifully. She was fussy from anesthesia and hurting from about 10:30-11:30, but by noon she was back to her old self! She has been napping since about 1:30 and it is 3:00 now. I'm so glad to have this part behind us. Now we just have to gear up for the VCUG in 3 months to see if this thing worked. In my opinion, the VCUG is one of the CRUELEST tests out there for little kids. I wish they could find a less traumatic way to check for kidney reflux. For those who do not know what it is, the kids have to be wide awake and have a cathedar inserted to fill up the bladder with dye. Then they take 5-6 x-rays as they pee the dye back out. Last time it took Tra, a nurse and me to hold her down as she was screaming, etc. SO I am not too excited about repeating that scenario. But the good news is I know exactly what to expect now and maybe this time Tra and I won't be as traumatized.

We are so thankful for Hayley's health and we know that this is VERY minor in comparison to a lot of other things that she could be dealing with. But as many times as I remind myself about that, my heart still can't help but ache as I have to watch my baby go through physical pain over and over again. I think it is really cool that the spiritual meaning of "Hayley" is "Courageous." And that she is! What a comfort it was today to know that as she left our arms and we went to the waiting room, she was being held by the GREAT PHYSICIAN in the operating room. Praising God for His peace that passes all understanding, strength and courage that he provided us all with today!

9 comments:

Brooks Inc. said...

So thrilled to hear that things went well! May the Lord's hand continue to bring complete healing to her sweet little body.

Love you Willbanks!

BEcky

Courtney said...

What a relief to have that behind you! I'll start praying now that the next test is a totally different experience than the last one. Please give Hayley hugs and kisses from Courtney and Little John!!!

angela said...

I have had to have a cathedar inserted twice, without the dye stuff, and trust me, it hurts. I screamed both times myself, and I have a fairly high pain tolerance. That poor little girl! I know it must hurt to watch that, not to mention having to hold her down. I'm am so glad that their seems to be an end in sight. We'll keep her in our prayers.

mindy tyndall said...

Praise God for the blessing! Thanks for the call - looking forward to seeing you! By the way, the food has been a life-saver! You are amazing...
Hugs - M

Kendra said...

Thanks for the update - I was eager to see if you had time to post about it! Praying for complete healing for her little body so that the next VCUG can be the LAST!!
Kendra

Giggi said...

I am so touched & humbled that you took the time to bring food by today! I should've been bringing food to you! I want to thank you & your friends from the bottom of my heart for your thoughtfulness & generosity! I will definitely have sweet Hayley in my prayers for a smooth & complete recovery! It's no fun seeing your babies hurt! Love you bunches, Kathy

The Millers said...

I am so thankful that all went well. We will be praying about the VCUG...not fun! LOVE YOU!!

Leilanni said...

I stumbled upon your blog when I was checking out Angie's . . .I am so glad things went well with Hayley and will keep you guys in our prayers!

Calista said...

I'm so glad everything went well. I know it must of been so heartbreaking for you and Tra. I pray that she is healed and you never have to watch her go through the pain again. Take care and let me know if there's anything we can do.