Forgive us for getting personal... The night before Cassie's tumor removal surgery (the first one) we didn't want to let go of her. She slept in our bed, and we kissed and snuggled her tight thinking it could be our last chance. She wasn't sleepy at all because of the MRI sedation that morning, so we put Finding Nemo on for her to watch. Throughout this whole experience the movie she chooses to watch 9 times out of 10 is Finding Nemo. We would not be surprised if she has watched that movie literally over 100 times.
Interestingly enough, Nemo the fish, has a weak fin on one side. His over protective father thinks he "can't do" but learns that despite his challenge he "can do." We have talked with each other several times about that ironic correlation with her arm. We know she will come away from this experience strong and not let anything get in her way.
Last night we kept Nemo playing on a loop, it's become white noise that gives her comfort. Our brave little Champ is struggling through the pain, but all things considered, doing well. The swelling on her face hasn't gotten very bad yet, but we can see it coming. It is swelling and bruising before our eyes. She is feverish and sleepy and not eating or drinking well but we expect that to come in time. We made it out of PICU around 3:00pm today and are back in our room. Kinda feels like home here. We are enjoying our Christmas tree and music and what we really enjoy is the fact that we have had the Spirit to guide and comfort us on this journey while we make decisions and ask for peace. We are also thankful for Priesthood blessings that have provided insight and guidance. Thank you for praying for us and channeling so much good energy our direction. Now we need to heal and "just keep swimming!"