Here’s a few pictures from today, with more details further down-
Leaving for the hospital – his eyes were so big!
In his cute little gown at the hospital:
He’s very fascinated with his hands these days:
He was so patient for so long, but a little boy’s got to eat!
(I have no idea why this photo is sideways!)
Right after I finished my last post from the hospital computer – when Joshua was still in surgery – we went back to the waiting area and checked the status computer. It said “Surgery complete at 8:55.”
I wish I could hug whoever thought up the idea of making updates so easily available. It really helped my stress level tremendously. I am a very a detailed-oriented person and that kind of thing was right up my alley. Knowing that Joshua was in surgery and would be a little longer allowed me to walk down the hall to the computer/reading area and post an update on here. If I didn’t know what was going on, I would have wanted to stay right in the waiting room so they could find us easily. And of course twiddle my thumbs and re-read the same page in my book 20 times.
After finding out that Joshua’s surgery was finished, we had to wait for them to finish up in the OR and bring him back to his room and get us.
The surgery itself was 30 minutes, but Joshua was away from us for 1.5 hours.
Twenty minutes later (it was a very long 20 minutes), the surgeon came out and took us into a little room. I was a little nervous at first but she quickly assured us that “the surgery went great” and Joshua was fine. She went over everything with us, what to expect the next few days, pain management, etc. Mid-conversation our pager went off meaning they were ready for us to come see Joshua. I don’t think I heard anything the doctor said after that! All I could think was my baby is awake and he needs me – hurry up! (Thankfully, everything she told us was on the discharge paperwork.)
The surgeon took us back to Joshua’s room at around 9:25 am and even before we arrived at the room, I could already hear him crying. It was hard to hear because he sounded really hoarse and not himself. He was not very happy. A nurse was holding him and a couple more were gathered around trying to soothe him. They gave him to me right away, telling me he needs Mom and he wants to eat.
He was wrapped in his soft warm blanket & he had an IV board attached to his arm (designed to keep him from pulling out his IV) and he kept flailing his arm and hitting himself on the head with his IV board. I had to hold his little arm down. His eyes were closed but he was clearly out of it and not feeling great.
My sweet sweet baby.
Almost immediately all the nurses left, with the last one telling us “Go ahead and feed him.” “That soon? already?” “Sure, he’ll be fine.”
I remember when my brother had surgery when he was about 9 and he threw up after drinking just a little water afterwards. So I was surprised they let us feed Joshua quite so soon. Maybe it’s like Nate says – that was about 15 years ago and anesthesia has improved a lot since then.
I gave him his bottle and Joshua drank 3 ounces easily. He would have eaten more, but I didn’t want his tummy to get upset. He closed his eyes, calmed down, and by the time he had finished and I gave him his pacifier, he went to sleep. The nurse said Joshua was doing wonderfully, his heartrate was coming down, and he looked great.
Throughout all of this, the nurse was going over what the surgeon told us again and giving us the discharge paperwork.
By 9:45, the nurse took out Joshua’s IV and told us we could get him ready to go home! Joshua woke up when I was dressing him and wasn’t very happy again, but once he was all cozy in his soft sleeper and buckled in his carseat, he calmed down. I was getting the rest of our things together when I looked over and there was Joshua smiling at Daddy! Barely a half hour out of anesthesia and a smile!
We were walking out by 10 am. The very nice nurse who called me last Friday with the pre-op information was there and I told her she was right about being surprised at how quickly we were in and out. She laughed and said “See I told you!”
Outside the hospital:
Joshua did great on the hour drive home. I wasn’t sure if he was going to cry or fuss or even throw up, but he was fine. I sat next to him (more for my sake than anything) and he was so funny. He sat there and “talked” to his favorite toy for a good 20 minutes straight. I mean he literally babbled on and on and on, like normal. It really surprised me – in a good way! He had a few more smiles for me too.
We were home by 11:15 or so and after giving him another bottle, I cuddled my sweet baby for a little while and then laid him down for a nap.
Physically, Joshua seems to be in very little pain right now. They gave him a nerve block “shot” in his lower back to numb the whole area for awhile and I think that’s still working. We’re to give him Tylenol & Motrin every 4/6 hours around the clock for 24 hours to keep his pain level down. After that, apparently most babies are in very little to no pain and we should only have to give him Tylenol as needed.
He will occasionally cough and then cry and I think his throat is sore from the breathing tube. His voice is still hoarse, but that should improve soon.
The surgical site is very small and there’s a white bandage over it now. That should fall off in a few days and after that we don’t need to worry about it much.
We have to take him for a follow up appointment with the surgeon in a month, but that should be it!
Overall, everything went very well. As I’ve been told before by many other mothers and have now experienced myself, the hardest part was handing him over to the doctor for the surgery. I nearly dissolved into tears after they left, but I could feel all those prayers surrounding me.
God is so good.
Thank you all so much for your love, thoughts, & prayers. It has meant so much to me, to us.