I'm home for tonight while Brian takes a turn at the hospital, which is good because I'm about ready to drop from exhaustion. Ivy's surgery went well, but unfortunately they weren't able to do it laparoscopically after all--she's got a 6 inch incision in her belly, making for a longer and more painful recovery. She has IV's in each arm, an epidural for pain, a tube going up her nose and down into her stomach to drain it and a catheter. She's really just miserable and so am I. I'm hoping Saturday and Sunday are the worst of it--once they start hearing activity in her bowels, they can remove the tube up her nose (a gn tube I think?) which I think will really help, it makes her feel as though she's going to gag and hurts her throat.
I really appreciate all the kind words and well wishes you guys have left, really I do. Reading them after spending the weekend at the hospital brightened my evening. I will update again when I can, probably in a few more days.