Friday, February 20, 2009

Successful surgery

We're in Jake's hospital room now. Mama is at his bedside watching him sleep as I do this update.

Jake's surgery was a success. The doctor said they accomplished what they wanted to do. They fixed his palate and put tubes in his ears. He went to surgery one-half hour late and was done in less than an hour and a half.

I went in with him to the operating room when they put him under. That happened pretty fast. I expected him to put up a bit of a fuss, but he surprised me. They sat him on the operating table and put the mask up to him. I thought they were just showing him the mask, but no, they were putting him under. He was out in no time, then they hooked up an IV to put him further to sleep so they could operate. Maybe it was the breathing treatment with the nebulizer he had a couple of weeks ago that got him used to having something in his face, but he didn't fuss at all about the mask.

He was not a happy boy when he came out of it in the recovery room, but we were there to greet him when he woke up. He's obviously in pain a lot (but they give him some good stuff. LOL), so that is not a surprise he was cranky.

He threw up a couple of times, the second time in his room. It was a lot of the blood he swallowed during it all. Boy, he sure felt better after that! We even watched Wild, Wild West Elmo! Grandma and Grandpa came down to see him and spent a few hours here. He was happy to see them when he came around enough to know who they were when they showed up not too long after he went to recovery.

We get to go home Saturday, if his oxygen level is good (which it is so far) and he can drink and pee. He has done both of those, too, although it took him a while to really drink anything. But, he's had some apple juice and seems to like it. Poor kid is probably hungry, too, but it's no solid food for a while, and he's got to keep his fingers out of his mouth while the palate heals. So far, that hasn't been an issue, but we've got a few weeks of recovery to go.

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. It's comforting for Mama and Baba to know so many people care.

Kevin

3 comments:

Jolene and Dan Powell said...

I just came home from a two day conference in Portland, OR. I am so glad to see that Jake had a successful surgery! I'll be praying for a strong and successful recovery.

LuckyLady1321 said...

Glad to hear the surgery went well!

The Gang's Momma said...

Thanks for the update. Was thinking about you all this a.m. Will continue to pray - for smooth recovery and little hands to steer clear of little mouths :)