This evening has been rough. Abby has been really upset and crying off and on. She is definitely much more aware these days. I spent almost an hour holding her and singing. She has finally fallen asleep now, which is why I'm later writing this.
Tomorrow will be a long day. Surgery starts at 8:30 and will be around 7.5 hours long. She is actually the only case booked in that OR tomorrow. The family liaison is good about giving updates throughout the surgery, and that's our lifeline.
We met with many people today who reminded us of just how big this surgery is. It sounds like this will be her toughest one yet, and many of the others haven't exactly been easy! The floor has been abuzz with the "excitement" of this innovative surgery, which is both slightly humorous and unnerving. Our surgeon assured us that no residents would have any part in the surgery, given its complexity.
Please pray for us. This one is tough for a lot of reasons. Thank you for your love and support. We are ready to be on the other side of this.