Posing with Rocky just before his surgery
I didn't even think about them making gowns small enough for this little guy.
Just before going back, getting hugs with mommy and daddy
Just after coming out of surgery, groggy and so very sleepy
Zachary's surgery went pretty well yesterday. We started the routine with waking him at 1:15 am to eat a bottle, something he wasn't able to have after 1:30. Then we tried to feed him Pedialite at 5:45, but he wasn't really excited about that. He woke up at his usual 5:32 am, some kind of strange internal alarm clock thing he has going on right now. We left the house at 6:40 or so and made it to Children's Mercy by about 7:45. They took him right back to assess him, weigh him, and chat with the urologist that was doing his surgery, Dr. Murphy, and the anesthesiologist. There were many other kiddos in the same area, there for a variety of reasons I'm sure. The twins next door were both getting their tonsils out, fun! We did feel fortunate that Zach was young enough to not freak out when the nurses took him back for the actual surgery. We stood in the "hugs and kisses" area and said goodbye. Then we went to the waiting area to await word of how he was doing. That was at about 9:30 am. We hung out in the waiting area until we got a phone call at about 11:45 telling us everything was going well and he was still in surgery. Then, at about 12:15 Dr. Murphy came down and went over the details of his surgery. He said all had gone well. He did have to replace a lot of skin on the under side b/c Zach was shy in that area. The doc had to place a catheter in Zachary that he will keep in (stitched in) until Friday, where we go to the doc's office to have it removed. Let me tell you, that makes diaper changing super fun!! Leakage all over!!
We finally got to go see him at about 12:45 or so and love on our hoarse (from the vent) little groggy guy. He was crying a lot, but then would drift off into sleepiness. It was so sad to see him so cranky, as that is opposite his normal disposition. He was also pretty pale, and I didn't like that. The nurse finally removed his IV, Zach not so happy about that, and we had permission to take him home. He got some good Tylenol w/ Codeine that has helped with the pain, and we have been giving him Motrin as well for the swelling.
He has been taped up since the surgery, and Emerald was quite curious during the diaper change, "Mom, did the doctor take off his peanut?" Innocent, so sweet.
He didn't sleep really well last night, but that is to be expected. He has been a little more smiley today, especially when his siblings are around. We also called our doc and asked to have his shots postponed another week. I figure Friday will be traumatic enough with the catheter removed and the stitches taken out (especially with the upcoming MRI on Monday). Besides, we are going out of town this weekend, back to McPherson, to go to HIS baby shower :) We are super excited about that, too!!
So, surgery went well, if you can call the pain my little guy is going thru now "well". Recovery is going ok, just trying to keep the older 2 at bay from hurting the little guy. Now to prepare for the Friday appt and the MRI on Monday. Whew......I wonder just what Zach thinks we are doing to him!!
Thanks for all of your prayers--they are truly appreciated!!