Saturday, April 9, 2011

Surgery at Landstuhl

Last Wednesday, the Beaudoin's boarded a plane for Germany.  After 3 hours of stickers, books, play-do, crayons, and snacks, (I can only vaguely remember the days of leisurly looking through a magazine during a flight- plane rides are so much more active now that we have a toddler!) we arrived at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.  Ramstein is the headquarters of United States Air Forces in Europe.  It is a huge, beautiful base with lots of American restarants and shopping.  It was a refreshing taste of "home".

Our great little traveler and his new stickers

We spent our first full day in Germany at pre-op appointments.  After speaking with Peter's surgeon (an Army major), I was completely at ease. I knew Peter was in great hands.  We checked in bright and early on Friday morning and Peter's surgery began soon after that.  All of the doctors and nurses were very helpful and reassuring.  Peter's surgery lasted about 1.5 hours, and the doctor called us into the recovery room when Peter began waking up.  Everything went so smoothly and we were able to leave the hospital that afternoon.  Peter was sore and tired, so we spent the rest of the day in our hotel room watching cartoons and reading books in bed.  Peter has been such a tough little man.  Praise God for such a great recovery!

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