Leading up to the surgery Evie (and myself) were very anxious. Unfortunately having been through it before meant we were not looking forward to the surgery or aftermath. Anticipating the pain she would be in was the main worry. We distracted ourselves by planning a brilliant 9th birthday party the weekend before. As well as a bit of activity planning, relaxation oils, music downloads and lots of prayer.
The operation was longer than expected, so Jon and I were pleased when the surgeon emerged to tell us it was all over and she was in recovery. He informed us that much to his surprise, the existing screws had come loose in her spine. In his wording, two were extremely loose and one was "swinging in the breeze"! He was surprised that she had not been experiencing associated pain. We had hoped the surgeon would be able to just replace the actual rods, however, he had to remove all 4 screws, with 3 larger diameter screws, whilst having to drill a new hole for the 4th. He was happy that the anchors were now very secure and as a result she won't have the same restrictions as her first surgery. He was also confident that her recovery would be quicker than last time. All in all, very positive news.
The following days in hospital were still painful and long. Long days and nights with frequent repositioning required. Evie also had some issues with pressure injuries this time, but as an OT, I'm glad to be in the right industry to know how to deal with these! We were prepared with movies, music and audio books, and the DVD stand was again a godsend. Overall, everyone was pleased with her progress and she was able to get up and walk earlier than last time. The surgeon was happy with her x-rays, so we left hospital on her birthday with a bit of determination to get out of there!
Today we have finally made the trip home to Bathurst. Dosed up on pain meds and lots of pillows, it is always sad to leave my parents, but will be so good to be home!