Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Cindy is out of surgery. All went very well.

Katie (Kevin's wife) and her mom (who is one of our closest friends) joined us for the early morning ride to Tampa for today's events. They have been with us throughout.

After a 1 1/2 hour delay, Cindy was taken to pre-op. We were met there by two of our good friends who are doctors in the hospital. Cindy had everyone in stitches. She asked each physician who would be operating on her and the anesthesiologist if they were in good moods and if they got enough sleep the night before. She wanted to ensure that they had their morning caffiene before they worked on her. She even bribed two doctors with chocolate chip cookies if they did a good job.

The surgery took 1 1/2 hours. We were told by the doctors that the leg was in very bad shape and there was nothing they could have done to reduce the infection; therefore amputation was the only option. Presently, some infection remains in the femur, but they are confident that they will be able to rid her of the remaining infection with a regimen of IV antibiotics.

As I write this, Cindy is sleeping in the recovery room. One of our friends who works here went back to look in on her and said she woke up, said "hi", responded that she is in just a bit of discomfort and dropped back off to sleep.

Because the hospital is packed with patients, we learned that it will be several hours before Cindy is provided with a hospital room. Until then she will remain in recovery. I will be allowed to see her in a bit less than two hours from now.

I'll provide an update when I see her.


  1. So glad to hear everything went well. be sure to give her plenty of hugs and kisses from all of us way up here in PA! And don't forget to tell her we send her our love.

  2. That's wonderful news, Rob! So grateful for the update and will continue to keep her (and you!) in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Hi kids,

    We have rearranged all meetings,classes and activities from the 24th to the 31st. Let us know when you want us and for how long. That entire schedule can be yours unless you can't take that much of us. We are standing by for your beckon call.

    Mom and Dad

  4. Rus and Amy,

    What you are doing is a true blessing. It's so wonderful when in a time of need family members "circle the wagon!".

    Phyllis and Buddy

  5. Rob,

    You and Cindy have been in my thoughts all day. Glad to hear the surgery is over and Cindy came through it okay. The courage and determination the two of you show in facing your challenges is an inspiration to many, and has been most helpful to me!

    Sandy Spiegel