Dear Family and Friends,
Today. Wednesday, August 14th we went to Allison's pre op appointment at All Children's Hospital in St Petersburg. We were at the hospital about 5 hours, while they collected lots of information from us, collected blood from Allison and gave us a full tour. They were extremely informative and even went over the various things with Allison to expect before, during and after surgery. I think it helped Allison (and us) to understand everything better but also gave her and us the realization that this is about to happen.
On Friday, we have to arrive at All Childrens by 6:30am! She will be taken into surgery at 8:30am and it is expected to take about 5 hours. They will be fusing her spine from T2 to T11 in order to correct two curves - the largest at 56 degrees. She will spend the rest of the day in ICU mostly sleeping and then will be moved to recovery to spend the next 4 to 5 days before she can come home.
I will be sending regular updates starting Friday morning along with some pictures if she lets me!
Please keep her in your prayers!!!!
John and Kathleen
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