I only slept about 2 hours, I just couldn't stop thinking about the surgery. I was so scared to make it through this day. I called the hospital at 7am and asked them to tell Lenny I loved him before he went into surgery.
I attempted to eat breakfast, yeah right, like I have even barely taken many bites of anything at this point. We went right over to the hospital to begin our long wait. We checked in and they told us he was scheduled for 7 hours of surgery. This was so far the worst day for me. I broke down on several occasions and never thought I was going to make it through this day. I had a lot of support and somehow I made it through. The doctors updated us a few times, and 12 HOURS LATER he was out of surgery and in recovery.
The facial reconstruction went as planned, with the exception of it was way worse then they expected, which is why it took so long. There are 3 sections that you can fracture that would remove your face from the skull, and Lenny broke 2 of them. We were lucky that he still had one left, as that was a guide for them to put it back. They gave him a tracheotomy because he needs the ventilator, and they had to wire his jaw shut for it to heal correctly. His jaw will remain wired shut for 2 weeks. There is a lot more details to this, but I will spare you all that pain.
He had a CT Scan today of his neck, as that will be his next challenge. They will allow him some recovery time from today's surgery and the neurosurgeon's will be reviewing the CT Scan and we will find out if they want to due surgery on his broken neck or not.
They let us see him at the night visit and he was still sleeping from the surgery. I held his hand and talked to him a little. I don't know if he heard me, but Barry said it helps anyway.
It is midnight, and I can't even think about sleeping, but I know I need to. I just called the hospital to see if he had woken up, and Barry said he came to a little bit and was feeling OK, but weird from the surgery. Pain wasn't too bad so far, so that is good.
We have a long road ahead of us, and we don't know all the details just yet, but there may be more surgery on the eye sockets, neck surgery, and of course then the rehabilitation. There is no time line or plan set forth at this time. Right now we are living day to day because that is all we can do.
We are very optimistic that Lenny will make a full recovery faster then the doctors expect, he is tough and healthy and a fighter.
I will be here with him the whole time, and we will take him home to a Rehab Center in California when he can go. Right now we have an estimated 3 weeks MINIMUM.
I know a lot of you want to send your love, and right now the best way to do that for Lenny is to pray, post comments on here to him, and help us get through this day by day. Lenny and I need you more then you know. I keep telling myself we will get through this, and I keep a strong face for Lenny, but inside I am losing it and I don't know how I am going to do it, but I will, somehow.
I am staying in an Extended Stay Studio Motel for the next month (it was a way better rate then the hotel I was in the first two nights), so if you would like to mail anything to us let me know. He can't have anything in the room just yet, but I will collect them for when he is ready in the next weeks to come.
So just remember that the best way to help Lenny now is prayer and support.