Madeleine's surgery lasted about two and a half hours. When we met with the surgeon he said that it went just about perfectly, which was great news to hear after some anxious waiting around.
The tumor from her spinal column has been almost totally removed, and the column is now clear. She is recovering in the IMU, a step between the PICU and the regular hospital room. We are VERY relieved not to be in the PICU. She is currently hooked up to a catheter, and some heart and respritory monitoring leads, but that is it! She was extubated and the arterier line was pulled before we saw her, which is a first. Her pain is being managed with morphine and some other drugs and she is doing very well. She woke up briefly this evening, and was very groggy, but was able to eat.
They estimate that we will be in the hospital for 2-3 days. Much better than we were orignally expecting.
So things went very well. Thank you for thinking of us today!