This is not for the faint-hearted! Be warned.
Ammon's surgery went well - there were a few complications but he is now in the ICU and handling things quite well. (I think.) The surgery lasted for about 6 1/2 hours, which was longer than we anticipated but that included prep time before the surgery started. The doctors actually removed 10 discs from his back. That seems impossible, but they said he was so tight that this will really help with his mobility as they do the traction. They said that he had a lot of oozing of blood and it got ahead of them so they ended up giving him a transfusion because his blood pressure dropped so low. The doctor said, "Don't worry - he didn't have cardiac arrest and his heart never stopped beating." Gulp.....
He is still intubated but they are hoping that by morning he will be off the tube and breathing on his own. He has been alert and knows who we are. If I ask him a question (yes or no), he will squeeze my hand in answer. If things go well, we will probably go to Shriner's on Thursday - it could be Wednesday but we're looking at Thursday. There is no phone here in the room so you cannot really contact me here.
Be reassured that Ammon made it through and I think things will be fine.
Here is a photo - maybe two to show what he's doing right now.