Her Second Surgery

In the morning she underwent another 4 hours of surgery from the back of her neck to stabilize her spine. We saw her right after the surgery; she was conscious but not fully able to comprehend. In the morning she underwent another 4 hours of surgery from the back of her neck to stabilize her spine. We saw her right after the surgery; she was conscious but not fully able to comprehend. She wasn’t really sure how much operation she had under gone or what was really “technically” going on with her body. She was obviously aware that she couldn’t feel her legs; she had no feeling from her nipple area down. Although she can move her shoulders and wrists she has no fine motor skills in her elbows or fingers. One of the main concerns was that the intercostals muscles in her rib cage were paralyzed, so her diaphragm was doing all the work. She was hooked up to a respirator and they weren’t positive if she would ever be able to breathe on her own again. The surgeon came and talked with her while we were all there. So we would all be up to date on how the surgeries went and what we could expect. He explained that the surgeries went well and that her spinal cord had not been severed but it had been damaged. In the actual accident she had dislocated her spine and broken the bones in her neck. So after the second surgery her neck was stable and her spine back in the right position, he also said that it’s to early to tell if she would ever be able to walk or feel her legs again. He also said out that there is a chance for anything. The thing I have noticed about doctors since being here and talking with so many of them is that they always prepare you for the worst. The information they give you is what they have seen statistically and based on textbook procedures. I know my mom; you all know that she is the most amazing fighter. I have never seen her go after something in her life and not achieve it. And even if she doesn’t achieve her intended goal she takes her lessons as blessings and makes the very best of every situation. I have learned the spine isn’t regenerative but with your faith, will power and constant work she can train herself to use her nerve ways to send messages to parts of her body. So after one night and one day in the recovery room they moved her into the Intensive Care Unit where she spent the afternoon and night. They slowly started weaning her off of the breathing machine. She was starting to do some of the breathing on her own, such a huge step, already accomplished.