Ok - she's out of surgery. Yep - that's a lot quicker than we thought.
They repaired the femur - and he thinks it looks good. They decided not to go ahead and work on the tibia. He told us the femur can cause damage to the lungs, so he really felt that was the primary injury that needed to be corrected. However, when they finished working on the femur, they decided to wait to repair the tibia because the way they would need to correct the tibia could also damage the lungs, so they decided to not do anything to put her at risk of going backward. So, we only did about half what they wanted to do. He said, however, correcting the femur was a major victory, so we're our way. The goal is to have the next surgery on Monday, but that is all dependent on how she does over the weekend. The weekend should give her lungs a chance to get a lot stronger.
The doctor is still optimistic they can save both feet. There will be lots of struggle ahead, and her left foot is going to bother her the most long term. Also, he told us the least severe injury is the left tibia.
She did require an additional 2 units of blood during the procedure today. I'll take this as a chance to give a plug for the Oklahoma Blood Institute. For those of you who already donate, THANK YOU! You may well be the donor of the blood that is helping Mom. For those of you that don't donate, please consider doing so. Without those people who donate, Mom wouldn't be doing as well as she is.
Thanks to everyone who has left comments on the blog. They are absolutely wonderful, and they pretty much bring tears to the eyes of all of us. It is amazing to see how much she means to so many people. Thank you so much.
Also, anyone who is reading this from outside our little CBA or church community, if you would tell us where you are from and how you heard about the situation, we'd really appreciate that. We know the news has spread from Nicaragua to Canada to Indonesia, and I see someone from Sweden. This is amazing!
We've had some more visitors today (and whomever indicated I'll never be able to keep track of everyone who checks in on her was absolutely correct, but I'm going to do my best!!).
Cherilen Slagell (and two adorable kids)
The Anderson family
Monte and Sandy Schimmer
Matt & Jenny Hix
Larry and Teresa Bittle
Jerry and Cecilia Buster
Grant and Charity Cahout (and two beautiful kiddos)
Custer City Co-op