Monday, November 23, 2009


We are home! Surgery is done and it went well. We got to the hospital about 1pm and we went through a bunch of pre-op stuff, then we were taken down to the surgery waiting room area and we sat there until 2:40. The doctors came in to talk to us and tell us what was going to happen. Mark walked back with Zack to put him to sleep, I just couldn't do it after doing it on Friday.

About 3pm a nurse came in to let us know they had started and things were going great. 3:50 the doctor came in and let us know that it went great, he thinks it's a lymphangioma, which is a collection of tissue and fluid that forms under the skin. He still sent the mass out for testing to be 100% sure and now we just wait for the results of that. But we think the worst is over with.

So I had never heard of a lymphangioma before and I had to look it up, it's also called a cystic hygroma. A cystic hygroma is a birth defect. It occurs as the baby grows in the womb from pieces of material that carries fluid and white blood cells. Such material is called embryonic lymphatic tissue. After birth, a cystic hygroma usually looks like a soft bulge under the skin. The cyst can't be seen until after birth, and sometimes is not noticed until the person is older.

So not too bad, just weird that it came on so fast. We are so thankful to all of our family and friends for all their thoughts/well wishes and prayers. It worked!

We go back in a week to have the bandages taken off and the ENT doctor will check it out to make sure it's healing correctly. He shouldn't have to have another surgery, he thinks he got it all.

The rest of this week is going to be so much better, no more stress wondering about the what if's and all.

Here are a few pictures from the hospital, thank you again everyone for all your messages! We are truly blessed!

Before surgery

After surgery


Sandy Riegel said...

I am so thankful our thoughts and prayers for little Zach were heard. Can`t imagine one of the kids being sick with anything serious. It was hard when Evan had all those problems early on. Nobody has recovered from the passing of Amy girl. That still seems so unreal. I feel she is still with us and in alot ways she truly is. So yes, I`m very grateful everythings turned out good for Zach and the little tike is back home. We all have alot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving and every day.