April 18, 2012

One Week Post Op

I can't believe one week ago today Ashlyn had brain surgery! I will always remember that day, and the gut wrenching feeling in my stomach as we sat in the waiting room.

One week ago, Ashlyn could hardly open her eyes, she couldn't sit up, she had a catheter, she was on heart monitors and pain meds around the clock. TODAY, she is walking, laughing, eating, and talking up a storm.

Progress. Slowly but surely.

Ashlyn is still waking up a few times at night and her fussiness comes and goes throughout the day. I can tell when the Tylenol or Motrin wears off, as Ashlyn gets crabby and she doesn't want to turn her head and has a stiff neck. Ashlyn will touch her head and say "ow" a few times a day and isn't a fan of laying down to get her diaper changed because I think it causes head pain or pressure.

We were able to take off the bandage on the back of Ashlyn's head. Instead of stitches or staples, the doctor used glue, so you can really only see a line of glue on her head. The glue will eventually flake off, which, of course, is much easier than removing staples.

So, all in all, HUGE progress from a week ago!

1 comment:

lace1070 said...

Amen for baby steps and feeling better with each passing day. Her Doctor is brilliant for using glue ~ that's what my surgeon used and there's close to no scaring at all. Thanks for keeping us posted. Sending more prayers for continued healing and more smiles :)
Hugs ~ Lace