Day 11 of Treatment: Successful Surgery

Relaxing with Mommy after surgery

Early this morning Elliott had a planned surgery to remove his central line and to implant a port, also known as a medi-port or portacath. The port is a subcutaneous device that contains a catheter connected to a vein. It will facilitate administration of Elliott's chemo. Unlike the central line, it should also be Laurel proof. The surgery went smoothly. The oncologist, the pediatric surgeon, and several nurses have all commented on how well he responded. He did not appear to be in any pain or discomfort during the day, but I did ask that he be given a little Tylenol this evening, as he kept waking up every 10 minutes or so. He has been asleep since. It has actually been pretty quite around here. I hope the same can be said for the morning.

Thinking about all the toys he is going to play with when he gets home

Kyllan stayed with Elliott last night (Sunday night). She tells me that it was his best night of sleep since he has been in the hospital. It was a completely different story at home with big sister Laurel. We have done a lot of fun things with her over the past week and a half to distract her from the fact that things at home weren't quite the same, but now the jig is up. Last night she cried several times while asking for her mommy and insisting that Elliott was all better and could home that evening. When I told her that Elliott should be well enough to come home Tuesday, she repeatedly asked, "so we will be able to play together, right?" It warmed my heart and broke it at the same time. Kyllan is staying with her tonight and I am with Elliott. At this point I think we are all ready to get out of the hospital. The only reason we did not go home this weekend was so the port could be put in first thing Monday. I hope his recovery from surgery continues to go well so that we can go home Tuesday. I will be so happy to have everyone under one roof again.

Kyllan has mentioned it, but this is the first post I have made in a while. All of your calls, texts, emails, and comments have meant a lot to our family over the past week and a half. The continued love and support of our friends and family has given us strength in our weakest moments and we will forever be grateful that we have so many wonderful people in our lives. Thank you.