Friday, December 19, 2008

A look into Dennis' Surgery Day!

We started yesterday by walking out into a cloud of fog at 4:15 in the morning. I was not eager to get into the cold car and drive out into the dense fog, but a mothers got to do what a mothers got to do. If anyone knows anything about driving in fog, a one hour drive can feel like a three hour drive. We eventually got to the hospital, just a few minutes late, and went through admissions.

In no time, they had Dennis being prepped for surgery. When Dennis first came home in July, he had no problem letting the nurses and doctors touch him, but he has since had a change of heart. Even this little toe monitor upset my little guy more than you can imagine and every time he looked at it, it made him cry. I had him look the other way.


Once the mean ol' nurse left, he was fine and enjoyed exploring the room.


At one point he tried to escape, but he didn't get far.

The medication to calm him so that they could take him for surgery didn't take long to work, and by 7:20 am, I was handing him off to the nurse.

The surgeon (who is just awesome) came out around 9:30 am and told me that Dennis was doing great and that I would be called back in about 45 minutes. Well, I was actually called back around 10 minutes later because Dennis was awake and crying and the nurses couldn't calm him.
I tried my best to comfort him, but it would only last for about three minutes at a time before he woke up dazed and confused, crying and trying to get down off the bed. The anesthesia was hard on Dennis, but he was a trooper and wanted to eat and drink just three hours after surgery.

We finally got a room, and I was able to rock him. Still, he cried every time the nurse came in to check his blood pressure or fiddle with his IV.
In the course of five hours, Dennis polished off three cups of apple sauce, a cup of pudding, and half of a cup of cream of wheat and drank about half a cup of water. The anesthesia had finally worn off by 5:00 pm and since his vital signs were all great, I took a chance and asked if the nurse would call the doctor to see if we could go home. She came back in twenty minutes later and said that normally he would say no, but since Dennis is doing so well, and he trusts that I can take great care of him at home, and he acknowledged that Dennis would get a better nights sleep at home, he released us. Praise God.
Dennis had no qualms being in Daddy's arms------- the two drifted right off to sleep together.

I moved them to bed for more of the same.
Dennis slept through the night and around 4 am I gave him some more pain medication and changed his very full diaper and he went back to sleep until almost 8am this morning.
When Dennis got up, I could tell he was hungry and he drank a cup of warm half and half mixed with Carnation instant breakfast and he ate a bowl of applesauce with rice cereal mixed in.
The I gave him a bath and rinsed his mouth from all the blood clots that had gathered in the cheeks and in his gums. Dennis has a fistula that goes to his tear duct that will be fixed later, but for now, blood tinged tears come out of the hole near his right eye socket.


Dennis is now fast asleep and when I went in to check on him, I found that he had pulled his socks off and covered up his face. Yup, he is already back to his same old self!


37 comments:

  1. I am so glad it went well yesterday. I will continue to pray for his recovery.

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  2. I'm so glad everything went well, Christine!

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  3. Thank you for posting so much info. I'm so thankful everything went so well. He really is a trooper. Nothing gets him down. I love him trying to escape from the hospital room!

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  4. I'm so happy Dennis is doing so well. What a relief for you. He is such a sweetie!

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  5. oh that´s nice that you found some time to post more info about the surgery day :D ...thanks for sharing -I´m so happy to know he´s back to normal after all that ... :)

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  6. Awwww, I am so glad the surgery went well and that you were able to come home to the "comfort zone"....snuggle, snuggle!

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  7. Thanks for the update. Glad it went well. Those little hospital gowns are the cutest! Take care of little Dennis.

    Dianna

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  8. Such nice snuggle pictures. I'm glad he's on the mend.

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  9. My heart aches for the process. As a Mom whose kiddos had eye surgeries when they were both three - I know the exhausting day you must have had. Blessings to you all. What happened to his eye anyway? Was he born with it like that?

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  10. Praise God all went well. Hopefully mom got some sleep too!

    God bless,
    Amy

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  11. What good news that all went so well for Dennis with his surgery. What exactly did they do? Do you now have a few months off before the next surgery?

    Love seeing how his little legs and feet have porked up after being home since the summer.

    See how Dennis recovers, he'll probably feel fairly good for his first Christmas home.

    I'm sure you and John were happy to be home with the kids last night.

    We are having a big snowstorm today. I haven't been out except to shovel as I brought the laptop home and worked from home all day. It really is beautiful out and the snow is light and fluffy so easy to shovel. We're getting another one on Sunday all day so we are having a White Christmas here in Southern New England.

    Did you give Dennis my get well package?

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  12. What good news that all went so well for Dennis with his surgery. What exactly did they do? Do you now have a few months off before the next surgery?

    Love seeing how his little legs and feet have porked up after being home since the summer.

    See how Dennis recovers, he'll probably feel fairly good for his first Christmas home.

    I'm sure you and John were happy to be home with the kids last night.

    We are having a big snowstorm today. I haven't been out except to shovel as I brought the laptop home and worked from home all day. It really is beautiful out and the snow is light and fluffy so easy to shovel. We're getting another one on Sunday all day so we are having a White Christmas here in Southern New England.

    Did you give Dennis my get well package?

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  14. Thank you for the update! And the pictures. I've never noticed his pretty eyelashes before! So glad that everything went well.

    Much love.

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  15. Blogger The Noelles said...

    I just loved Dennis's sweet toes. I just know he smells soooo sweet. :)

    I think Dennis and Sarah must be related. She can't be calmed after surgery except by me. I just look at the nurse and say, "Valium"! (not for me, for her) ;)

    We got to go home early after her last surgery and it was GREAT to sneak out of that hospital and into bed.

    It cracked me up when you said you moved Dennis and your husband to bed. I was picturing in my mind that your husband must be awfully heavy to carry! :)

    I'm amazed he could eat all that. We have the throwup problem at our house after surgery. It usually takes 2 days before any food can be held down.
    Praise the LORD he can eat!

    Get some rest Mama. I did. (I just sat down to look at a recipe for tonight, and woke up to Tonight!" AHHHHH!

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  16. Bless his little soul!

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  17. Hi Christine,
    I am so glad to hear that Dennis did well during his surgery. My girls and I were praying for him. You recently posted pictures of your Christmas walk and my daughters just loved the decorated homes. We also have a place we go at Christmas and my girls wanted me to send the website so all of your children can see where our family goes:
    www.rhemabiblechurch.org/christmas/gallery.html

    I hope your troop enjoys it as much as we do.

    Hope you are getting rest (as you need it, stressing over a little one burns a lot of energy) and that Dennis is feeling more like himself.

    Sincerely,
    Kellie, Haleigh and Averee Bassett Bixby, Oklahoma

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  18. Glad to hear Dennis is doing well. What a sweet little guy you have!

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  19. Thanks for sharing the story of your day. I pray that Dennis will continue to recover well.

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  20. YEAH DENNIS!!!
    Glad you home safe and sound!!

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  21. I've been praying for you. I'm glad Dennis did so well.

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  22. Too cute! So glad to hear that Dennis is doing well.

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  23. What a relief....the photos of John and Dennis are so touching. Lucky little boy.

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  24. I am so thankful he is doing so well! He is such a precious child and what a trooper! I had surgery on my palette about 12 years ago...it was by far one of the most painful experiences and for such a little guy to do so well..WOW! I will continue to pray for his healing! I hope you all have a wonderful and BLESSED Christmas...I LOVE your blog!

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  25. What a sweet little trooper. So glad to see he's back to his old self.

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  26. I'm so happy that everything went so well & Dennis is already back to his normal self! He's such a doll!

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  27. I understand the "turning away" when we watch our little ones go through medical procedures!
    So gald he is doing well, sleeping and taking comfort from Mom and Dad! HUGS!

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  28. Poor guy. I hope he feels better soon. He does look really cute in the hospital gown:)

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  29. I`m so glad he`s recovering so well. Little kids are amazing, aren`t they? They heal so quickly.

    That anesthesia is awful to come out of. I remember Dorian was inconsolable after his surgeries, too, until it wore off. But how wonderful that Dennis is looking to you and his dad for comfort now!

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  30. I am SO glad that everything went so smoothly and well. He looks like he is recovering nicely. Hope you all get plenty of rest!

    Erica

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  31. I am so glad everything went so good!!! I hope heals super fast and is back to his old self very soon.

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  32. What a trooper! I love the photo of him "escaping" in his little hospital gown. Adorable!

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  33. HI Christine!
    I'm so glad that Dennis is home where he belongs!
    I was thinking about you guys Thursday morning - hoping that all was well!

    Take care!

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  34. So pleased to hear everything went well!

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  35. Hallelujah! God is good! (I mean, I knew that before, but it's just another example of his greatness!)

    Before kids, did you ever think you'd be thankful that your child didn't want the nurses anywhere near him? I think it's just fantastic...it shows he's no longer in "care takers" mode, but "mommy & daddy" mode, if you know what I mean...he no longer expects constantly changing people doing things, he's expecting his family! =)

    Hehe, my mom always taught me to not look during procedures, and while I still cannot look when needles/etc are being inserted (or just plain ole' injections), once they're in, I love watching now (as long as it's not too painful...just recently I watched the foot dr do minor surgery for an ingrown toenail, and even took pictures, LOL, as well as a punch biopsy). Yes, maybe I will be a doctor after all!

    And although I wasn't on your blog the day of the surgery, I was thinking of Dennis constantly and praying for y'all!

    The pictures are just precious, by the way!!!

    ~Alex

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  36. I'm so glad everything went well. He looks like he was a very brave boy. Carson likes to sleep with his face covered as well. I think they just look so cute with their little routines.

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