This is the last update of a very long, but wonderful day. They closed Sue up at around 9PM. We met with the plastic/reconstructive surgeon for a few minutes. She was very happy with how the reconstruction went. She said it was long and tedious, but that it all went smoothly. She used the leg as the open flap (donor area), taking the fibula and some surrounding tissue for her work. She also said that the vein reconnection of blood flow to the replacement tissue via veins they harvested from Sue's neck appeared to have gone very well. This was definitely what we had hoped that she would do. It simply makes things easier in the future for Sue.
They have now taken her up to the ICU and the doctor felt that they probably wouldn't wake her up until the morning. She is already quite swollen and will be for a long time. Right now, I am just looking forward to seeing her in the morning and being able to tell her the good news. She won't be able to speak, as she will have a trach and feeding tube in, but I don't think that we'll have any problem communicating.
I look forward to updating Sue's blog tomorrow. Again, thank you for all of your prayers and well wishes today.