Campbell came through the surgery just fine and was back in her room about an hour after they took her. The procedure only took about 15 minutes but the whole process (getting her to sleep, getting her hooked up to all the monitors, etc) took some additional time. We did have an issue with pediatric vs. adult anasthesia again (apparently the pediatric anasthesiologists need their beauty sleep) but other than Cam waking up a "little agitated" there were no other problems. The only concern Dr Mazzola has is that when you get upset like that, there is an increased pressure. She did not externalize the shunt so Campbell now has no foreign objects in her head at all which should help clear up th einfection pretty quickly.
So we begin the nerve-wracking experience of watching to see how her brain handles all of this. If there begin to be signs of increased pressure, they will have to rush her back down to place the drain and then later place the shunt again. There is about a 50/50 shot that this will be the case but we are hoping that she was on the wrong side of so many of these statistics over the past month that this is her chance to get on the right 50% (speaking of 50/50 did you all get a chance to purchase your Bernardsville Fire Dept 50/50 tickets?)
It looks like she will be in the hospital at least until next Friday, 9/25) but we hope making signifcant progress along the way.
Your thoughts and prayers continue to be felt by us all. Thank you all so very much!
Greg, Robin, Caitlin, Caroline & Campbell