we awoke to take Andrew to yet another surgery on this brisk February
morning, it seemed in many ways like just another in a long series
Andrew was once again recovering from a cold, something that
usually follows him all but two or so months of every year (and
those months are never winter ones).
This operation was a final facial operation to bring more balance
into the lower forehead and behind-the-eyebrows region. Also it
would "deliver" more of Andrew's recessed nose into
place. Lastly, it would remove a straw bone fragment that stuck
out near his left temple, a remnant from his last surgery.
"It's up to you whether to go ahead or
Drs. Mount and Iskandar would be working this one together, as
it involved removing bone from Andrew's thickened skull to help
rebuild brow areas that had little or no skeletal support.
As we were in the First-Day prep area before surgery, Dr. Iskandar
came by and mentioned some of the risks involved in this surgery.
"There's a greater risk of any infection he has spreading
into his brain with this procedure," he warned. "If
you think he has any active infection or virus, you might want
to consider rescheduling the surgery," he said.
This was one of those situations that Sherri and I didn't exactly
long for the exclusive call to make that decision. Andrew has
cold-like symptoms throughout much of the year. Now he was at
least abating those symptoms...but was it safe?
Then the phone rang at the nurse's desk. Somehow, sister in Minnesota
had got her called forwarded to the right area in this gigantic
hospital and found us. She was crying and concerned for Andrew.
Should we postpone this surgery, with all this uncertainty and
"morbid" concern outpouring at the moment?
I paused. We prayed. I don't know what ultimately influenced
the decision, but we told Iskdandar and the others on the surgical
team present at the moment to proceed.
Then we waited. For eight hours. Much longer than expected.
Finally, at about 6 p.m. that night, Drs. Mount and Iskandar
strolled into our waiting area. Smiling. Saying the procedure
went as good as you could possibly imagine. They scheduled only
Andrew for that day, and "decided to take extra time to make
it as good as possible."