I wanted to throw a quick update on here...
The surgery is March Seventh. The surgery is at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colorado. That's in Suburban Denver at 13123 East 16th Avenue, Aurora,
80045, basically Interstate 225 & Colfax if you're familiar with the area. Surgery starts at 7:30 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. That's when the surgery itself starts. We'll be there at 5 a.m. We'll be in a pre-surgery room before the surgery. Surgery is six hours.
On Wednesday, March Fifth, we have a day full of appointments at Children's Hospital. Vince will be getting bloodwork and a pre-op examination. Kevin and I will consult with the neurosurgeon. Vince will have a planning MRI Wednesday, too. It's a more detailed MRI which will show the doctor exactly what he needs to do. My daughter's also getting an x-ray of her toe, since she has something up with it that we want to check out.
Our plan is to come home Wednesday evening. We'll go back up on Thursday evening, after dropping the children off at their respective babysitters. We hope to stay at Ronald McDonald House, that they'll have room for us.
After surgery, Vince will be in the PICU (pediatric intensive care unit, "pick-you") for at least overnight. He'll be transferred into the "regular" hospital for at least four more days. It could be as much as a month. Healing-wise, he'll should be ready to go home in a week, but he may require intensive physical, occupational and/or speech therapy. That's why he might need to stay so long.
Kevin and I will stay in the room right with him. They have a couch, a shower (except in the PICU) and we have an air mattress. Vince will have his own room, so we can have a little privacy with him. We'll have our cell phones. The hospital's number is 1-800-624-6553 and don't forget that Vince's name is actually Kevin Vincenzo (and our last name). Tina will be the "secretary" during the most critical times.
There are two things that could cancel these plans:
1. a miracle
2. a cold or something, as they won't operate on him when he's sick.
So that's the plan.
Please pray for a miracle. That would be better than all this...