Well, the day finally came where I again had to put full trust and faith in Ari’s absolutely amazing team of doctors.
I couldn’t sleep last night, went to bed around midnight and woke up at 2:30. Just too many thoughts running through my head. Ari slept great and didn’t wake up until I woke him at 5:30 so he could drink some Boost before his milk cut-of time. He drank an entire juice box size in less than 15 mins – I gave him a second one, but not much of it was consumed before his 6:30 cutoff time. He did drink some water before his 9:30 off time, so I felt fairly confident that he could make it until 12:30 without becoming upset due to wanting food.
We left the hotel at 9:40 and got to the hospital right at 10:00. He was such a good boy waiting for his surgery time. He watched some Bubble Guppies, played with an awesome light up and spinning toy from ChildLife and snuggled. He fell asleep in my arms and was asleep as they rolled him into the OR.
It was a long 4 hours … We got some lunch, I got some work done that I was unable to do over the weekend (not having AC really keeps you from doing too much!). I caught a tiny nap and just sat around watching the kiddos who were waiting for their siblings surgeries to be done.
Finally, around 4:30, the called to say they were done. They said he had very little blood loss and were able to reuse his blood .. I didn’t even know that was a possibility. So, they keep a pan under his head to collect blood he looses, send it through a machine to clean it, and then give it back to him in his IV … How cool is that?!?
So far, so good. He looks good and had only gotten upset twice.. The first time the nurse immediately gave him some IV Tylenol and he calmed fairly easily the second time. His light up bunny is helping him calm down and hopefully he will sleep some tonight.
Thank you to everyone who has called, texted, emailed and Facebooked us – your love, prayers and support mean the world!!
Here is a pre-op/post-op comparison – but it may be different here in a few weeks as he already has some swelling.