Beautiful Life

Hey child up and go; A big world is out there waiting for us to live in every day. Outside you will find, there is love all around you; Takes you, makes you wanna' say; That it's a beautiful life and it's a beautiful world and it's a beautiful time to be here, to be here, to be here. -Fisher

Saturday, July 19, 2008

One Step Closer!

Today Claire had the surgery that will make a huge difference in her life. This was the surgery that finishes out her casting correction and will make it possible for her to walk. It was minor, according to medical professionals...but major in our eyes. The nurses took her from us at the door to the surgical unit at 1pm. She didn't even cry, thanks to the sedative they had given her. We got a call in our waiting area about an hour later letting us know that she was done and her feet were fully corrected! Of course, we will have to wait to see the results because she is back in her hot pink casts for a while! We met her in recovery a few minutes later where she was snoozing off the anesthesia. They gave her some oxycodone and wheeled her back to our room to wake up. The nurse kindly warned us that she might not be her normal sweet self for a while. Boy was she right! We got an angry, inconsolable child in place of the girl we'd brought in that morning! It took a good 30 minutes of off and on screaming before she even came close to herself and another 30 to snap back altogether. Thankfully, we left with the child we knew and loved, babbling and laughing, "ready go, car!" We were not able to make it all the way back to Omaha and the other kids so we are in Independence Missouri, crashed in a Marriott off the interstate. Claire is and has been since the day she came into our lives, a trooper. Going with the flow, she got back in that van, and back on the road without so much as a whine. Her pain meds wore off at 7pm, according to the nurse, but you couldn't tell it by Claire. She talked and colored and played for hours past that and then fell asleep for the last bit of the drive.
Screaming my head off because I don't know what I want and neither does anyone else!
Covering my face because you people do not understand me right now, so I am not going to look at you anymore!
Almost back to Claire!
I am fascinated with this IV thing now...5 minutes later she demands that we get it off her!
Eating everything I can get my hands on at the Cracker Barrel.....because, HELLO, I haven't eaten in 24 hours!

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