Friday Focus 28/12/17 – On the other side of the surgery

This morning finds us on the other side of Jessica’s heart surgery – feeling very relieved that it seems to have gone well and that Jessica’s first night post-op has been a relatively smooth one. She is still sedated and ventilated at the moment but the team are hoping to wake her up later. I cannot get over her colour – she is just so pink!


Surgery - this week's word of the week


We had such a lovely Christmas at home before coming back into hospital. We spent Christmas Day itself at hubby’s parents and then had a nice quiet Boxing Day at home with the girls just getting to enjoy playing with all their presents before we were back into hospital on 27th. It was hard having to pop the Christmas bubble so soon and come back in.


A smiley Jessica sitting on the theatre trolley waiting to go in for her op


Thankfully this time surgery was able to go ahead. Jessica was an absolute superstar with all the pre-op tests. She was smiling and chatting away on her trolley ride to theatre and went off to sleep happily. We had a long wait while she was in theatre – it was 7.5 hours before the surgeon came to tell us that the surgery had gone well and another 3 hours before we were able to go and see her on PICU.


Hopefully her recovery this time will be much smoother than it has been in the past. We are so very thankful to be the other side of the surgery with it having gone well though. The love, support and prayers that have been surrounding us over the last few days have been amazing – we are so thankful to have so much support. We still have quite a road ahead of us as Jessica recovers but her getting through her surgery has really been the best Christmas present I could have asked for.


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26 thoughts on “Friday Focus 28/12/17 – On the other side of the surgery

  1. It must be such a relief that the surgery went ahead this time. I’m so pleased to hear that it’s all gone smoothly, what a brave little lady you have there. Wishing Jessica a speedy recovery and a happy new year to you all x

  2. So glad that the surgery went well! She is an absolute star and a credit to you all much love Louise and strength for the coming period of recovery

  3. Phew! It’s so hard isn’t it. We had a hospital stay shortly after Christmas in 2013, (I think it was actually boxing day she went in for pre-ops.) It’s such a long wait you had but I’m so glad that it all went well. Sending lots of love and wishes for a very speedy recovery xxx

    1. Thank you Anne. It was hard going in so soon after Christmas but so lovely to see how well she is doing now x

  4. Ahh! I am so pleased the surgery went well….What a wait you had! Eek! Wishing Jessica a speedy recovery and I hope you are all home together soon xxx

    1. Thank you Kim. It was a very long wait although thankfully not our longest! So good to see her doing so well post-op x

  5. So pleased to hear that it went well, and that it finally went ahead. Must be lovely to see Jessica looking so pink! Wishing her all the best now as she recovers, my thoughts are with you all x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    1. Thank you Jocelyn. She is doing well and her colour still amazes me each time I look at her x

  6. I am so pleased to hear that surgery went well and Jessica has had a good first night post-op. I have been checking over the last day or so on Facebook in case you posted any updates, I will continue to send you my most positive energy! Hugs!

  7. Oh. That is wonderful news. Such a long wait. I don’t know how you managed it. Sending lots of good wishes and positive vibes for her recovery. She sounds like she handled it all so well. Go Jessica! #wotw

    1. Thank you Cheryl. It did feel like a very long wait – thankfully not our longest though! So good to see her doing well post-op x

  8. Louise I have checked every day how you are all doing and have been in my thought all over Christmas, sending you all lots of love and best wishes. And hope Jessica is soon stable enough to move to Ocean ward. Jessica you are a very brave girl indeed xxx

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