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Sunday, September 19, 2010


These past 10 days have been a total whirlwind.

On the 9th September Emma went into surgery, this is also the day my father died 12 years ago.  My emotions were so wired. 
Miss Muffets surgery was supposed to take between 6 - 8 hours but they came across a couple of  road blocks so in the end it took them 10.  Those 10 hours would have to have been the longest 10 hours I have ever experienced in my life. During her surgery she needed 6 units of blood transfused.  She came out of it beautifully.  I didn't know what to expect when I first saw her in Intensive Care but immediately burst into tears.  I think the tears came from immense relief that she had made it not so much what she looked like hooked up to all the machines.

Day 1 - Intensive Care Unit

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Well there you have it.  She is out and home a week earlier than originally anticipated.  She is very sore and gets easily frustrated with the fact that she has to eat a mushy diet until her jaw fuses together again but that is just trivial stuff now.

In December she will need to go back for surgery to remove the plates from her jaw but that should only be an overnight stay.  We need to have MRI and CT scans done every 3 - 4 months for at least the next 10 years just to make sure it does not come back.

We do not know if they managed to get all the tumour out yet and will not have any answers until the pathology results come back but I will keep you all posted.

Thank you all for your prayers, kind thoughts and lovely comments, they are so appreciated.

Leanne xxx


lizzyc said...

Oh Leanne, what a brave girl you have and i certainly pray that awful tumor is totally gone and will never come back..i hope things are as well as can be at home and you all can have a sigh of relief and enjoy being together..take care of your lizzy..xx

Stitchingmum said...

Oh, what an amazing transformation from beginning to end!!! Will keep praying for Emma's continued speedy recovery, and for God's comfort and strength to be with all you guys Leanne xx

Leanne said...

OmGosh! What an ordeal. You have an incredible little girl. I can't even begin to imagine what those 10 days must have been like....x

Sheree said...

Leanne I'm so happy to hear that you've got your brave girl home again. She's been through such a HUGE ordeal! I'm really hoping you get some good news when you get the pathology results back and that Emma is feeling better and better with each day. You must all be so exhausted!! I hope you can all relax a little and spend some time together over these holidays. Thinking of you!

Sheree xx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Leanne!! I am soooooooooooo glad that everything went okay and that she is home!!!! I have been thinking and praying about her everyday!! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

Karen said...

Glad to hear all went well, she looks fantastic by day 9. I hope he surgeons managed to get good margins on the tumour and that Emma's recovery continues to go well.

Sal :-) said...

Oh Leanne, what a beautiful and strong little girl Emma is. So thankful that you are home and the road to recovery is a smooth one for you all xoxo

Anonymous said...

Dearest Leanne, thank you for sharing Emma's journey with us . I am praying that God will continue to heal her 'broken'body back to full health. Also praying for you as a family as you get on with day to day life.
love, Lou xxx

Melanie B said...

Oh Lee those photos, wow I am a teary. So glad she is doing ok, what a strong, brave little munchkin, that is full on.

Praying that all results will be clear & sending you big hugs Mama.

THinking of you & hoping you all get some well deserved rest.

Love Me xxx

Lea said...

Oh Emma, what a brave girl you are! And what a brave mama too.(that wait must have been agonising. So happy to hear you are home now and hope you can spend the days together resting, playing, loving. Praying for a quick recovery for Emma and an A+ result too.

Kelly said...

Oh Leanne - I am so very glad that Emma made it through safe & sound.
There is nothing worse than putting your child's life in someone elses hands. I am so relieved, and wish Emma a fast recovery and only good news from now on!

Sending big hugs,
Kelly xxx

Tanya Tahir said...

Hi Leanne, I am so glad that Emma got through this. She is one very brave little girl.

Cherie said...

Oh Leanne, what a time you, your family and your brave girl have been through.

I hope her recovery is a speedy one.

Sending my love to you all.

Cherie xx