Monday, April 15, 2013
Good news! Dan is through surgery and it went very well. The surgeons began at about 8:00 AM and finished at just about 4:00 PM. Both the head and neck surgeon and the plastic surgeon came out to talk to me afterward and they gave me two pieces of good news. First off, they did not need to split his lower lip and chin. Secondly, they were able to use blood vessels directly below his jaw on the right side. There was the possibility of them needing to go to the other side of his neck. So there are two places where they drew in pen but did not have to cut. Hallelujah! They did install a trach tube due to the swelling of his throat. He woke up and immediately tried to start talking! No, not Dan! The other good thing is they did not need to use a skin graft on his leg. He has more pain there than anywhere else, but they are doing their best to manage it. The ICU nurse is wonderful, competent and sweet. Her name is Ping. Dan's already buttering up the nurses even though he can't talk! We're both incredibly grateful to each of you and all of you for your prayers and good wishes. We know we are never alone.