Friday, September 17, 2010

Update from Dad Leahy regarding Joe via Lisa

Joe looking good this AM, Dr said if all stays OK he can go home at noon, so we are scrambling to pack etc. More info, if any, later.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sept. 16, 2010 10:20 pm

Hi Everyone

The surgery was long--didn't actually start surgery until 1:45--finished around 5:30--
they were able to do the bone graft and repair the bones above the eye. At some point they thought we were going to have to make the repair from the top--which was more dangerous, time-consuming, and with a longer recovery--but fortunately were able to make the repairs from below the eyebrow. He went back to his room pretty quickly after surgery and was eating a cookie. Thank you so much for all of your prayers.Keep them coming!


Sept. 16 3:00 pm Lisa

Hi Everyone

Quick note to let you know that Joe didn't go into surgery until 12:30. Will let you know how it went as soon as I hear. Love, Lisa

From Ginny Through Lisa

Dear Family and Friends,

Please pray that Joe's surgery today goes smoothly. I've copied an excerpt from Ginny's email to the family here. Love to all, Lisa

The timing for the surgery was today at 5:30am, which got moved to 10 am. No food from midnight on. Ugh. The duration depends on what they find. If the repair can be done from below, just under the brow, it will be 1.5 to 2.00 hours long. If brain or brain fluid has seeped into the opening, then the entrance has to be made from above, though the forehead, and the duration extends to as much as 5 hours. The latter will mean a much longer stay here too. I only have under clothes for 3 days so I am optimistic!! But Walmart is close too, if necessary. Joe really wants to make the XC meet Saturday. Now that is optimistic.

Love, Gin

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday Sept. 12, 2010 Lisa

Hi Everyone

We are very happy to report that Mel Warnecke, Ginny's dad is out of the hospital and recovering quite well at home. Thank you so much for your prayers! Please keep them coming as Joe's surgery is this Thursday, Sept. 16 at University of Alabama-Birmingham. The goal of this surgery is to repair the orbital

Dr. John Long, an Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgeon (originally from Iowa--where the Leahy extended family harken from--so you know he's got to be awesome!)will be working to repair the orbital region, particularly the upper part (roof?). There is a gap in the bones under the eyebrow and I believe they are planning a bone graft to plug the gap. As they can't do an MRI due to everything in Joe's skull already, they don't know the whole story of what is going on. Another surgeon, Dr. Lewis, will be present to lift the brain out of the way if it has fallen down into the orbital region (Again, my apologies to the medical people out there--it's something like that).

Phil and Jackie Leahy (Joe, Paul, and my parents), are heading down to Alabama to help out. Last we heard is that Joe may not be in hospital for as long as once projected given that he's having one procedure rather than three. Joe is even hoping to get to Stephen's cross country meet next weekend! Gotta love the great attitude!

Congrats to Stephen who did a great job in the last cross country meet (5K or 3.1 miles). He ran it in 19 minutes 33 seconds and finished 21st place out of 3326 runners!

Love to all,