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Post-Op day 3

And the letter of the day is P, as in not enough. Little Lion man is still a little high and dry, and very swollen today. The only way the edema in his little chunk a munk body will go away is through his kidneys, and it looks like they are still napping. When I left the PICU tonight the nurse and attending were planning on playing a little with the balance of the meds, fluids, and in addition perhaps give Leo some more blood. He sprung a little leak today from the site of his externalized shunt so he is getting a little depleted again. No worries about the leak, since the neurosurgeon and her team put a little stitch in to patch the leak and all is well again. It was neat to see them do their thing, even though this procedure was miniscule in comparison to his surgery. I even got to help a little. That made me feel better, because lately all the help I could give is of the moving-out-of-the-way and just-talk-to-him kind. That's all fine and good and definitely has it's own place, but it is nice when the mama bear instinct gets appeased, even a little....
So the projected plan for the week is to take him off the ventilator perhaps Friday or Saturday, moving him up and out of intensive care, and putting the shunt back in on Tuesday. Then, perhaps home on Wednesday or Thursday.... We can't wait to put this intense ordeal behind us and get some real rest.

Here are a couple pics of the swollen Buddha, and of the team patching his leak.

Thank to everyone for all your wonderful comments, love, and prayers to us. We love to sit in our little nook in Leo's room and real all your uplifting words.


  1. “When you have come to the edge of all light that you know and are about to drop off into the darkness of the unknown; faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on - or you will be taught to fly” ~Patrick Overton

    Thanks so much for the update. The praying continues!

  2. ... but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
    Isaiah 40:31

  3. We were praying for Leo this morning. Lots of love coming from Norfolk.

  4. He looks beautiful. Hoping and praying that he is improving with each hour. So glad to hear that it all went well. Praying for God to be your strength, energy, comfort, and peace in these days ahead. :)

  5. Keeping Leo in our thoughts and prayers.


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