Sorry for the late update. I wasn't able to find a free WiFi connection at the hospital and this morning the DSL cut out. But what you really wanted to know was that Heather's surgery went fine. Read on for more. We got to the hospital around 5:30am for a 5:45 admission. There were a ton of people there, at least 40 families, all checking in first thing in the morning.
After a short wait we were escorted upstairs where Heather changed into her gown and we waited for a while longer. Around 7:00 they took Heather away and left me in the waiting room. The family waiting rooms at Mayo are very nice. I sat there until about 8:00 before deciding to finally get breakfast.
Around 9:00 I was told by a surgery communicator that Heather had entered surgery, but didn't have a start time for me yet. At the same time they transferred me up to the the ICU waiting area on Mary-Brigh 8. Around 9:30 I was told that Heather started surgery at 9:20.
At 11:20 I was told that they started closing. I was amazed at how fast the surgery went. Little did I realize that closing takes a lot longer than openning. It wasn't until 1:20 that I learned the surgery was done and she was tranferred to recovery. It would still be a few hours before I could see Heather.
At 2:30 in the afternoon, Dr. Davis stopped by the waiting area and told me about the surgery. He said there were no complications and that the surgery went fine. Dr. Davis also said that the chiari malformation was much more pronounced in surgery than it showed in the MRI. He called it, "quite impressive."
It wasn't until about 3:45 that I was finally able to see my wife again. Heather was quiet, but talking. She was still in pain, but she wasn't nausious at all. I told her about all of the calls I made that day and passed on all of the good wishes. Before she went to bed she was able to drink some apple juice.