Sep 21 10
by cara
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GI Update: Surgery and Recovery

I’m exhausted and about to go to sleep before 9pm, but I just wanted to share what we’ve been up to!

Yesterday was The Littlest Apple’s surgery for his g-tube.  Here he is in his hospital-issued jammies pre-surgery.

The surgery took about an hour, and everything went well.  He did freak out coming out of the anesthesia in the recovery room before we were called back to be with him, enough so that they put him back under for a little longer.  He had trouble coming out of the second round too, but luckily he fell back asleep and slept it off for the most part.

We watched LOTS of Curious George yesterday, and visited with my parents and in-laws.

The Littlest Apple was walking down the hall (still connected to an IV pole) the same evening as the surgery.

I stayed at the hospital last night and The Picky Apple went home.  We had a long night last night (I did, especially), with a middle of the night accident requiring a full bedding change, some tears about standing to go potty (because it was still hurting him to stand up, and he’s just normally stubborn about going), missing his daddy, and the usual nurse visits every 2-3 hours.  Also, the common area with a TV, refrigerators, microwave and ice machine is right outside our door!  Have I mentioned that I’m a light sleeper?

Our morning began bright and early around 6am (as usual for The Littlest Apple!) with no fewer than 5 doctor visits from various surgical residents and surgeons.

The Littlest Apple had a great day today, acting at times completely back to “normal.”  And by “normal” I mean pushing buttons he shouldn’t be, climbing on things, watching large construction cranes out the window.  His recovery has been truly amazing.  I was expecting him to be in more pain, but he’s doing great-hardly used any pain meds at all today!  We had visits from my parents and The Picky Apple’s parents again today which was a great distraction for The Littlest Apple.

Here he is using his Buzz Lightyear laser…he had great fun pointing it at all the nurses when they came in.  And the nurses were all good sports about it.

After being NPO since Sunday night, he finally got to have some water and clear liquids this morning.  They tested his new g-tube with some clear Pedialyte, and he ate a few popsicles today.  He’s been asking for “hot cocoa” since about 6am (no idea why that in particular!), but unfortunately for him he wasn’t given the “ok” to eat anything but clear liquids just yet.

Since he didn’t take a nap this afternoon, he crashed early this evening, around 6:30.  I am a little worried he’s going to decide to start his day at 4:30 in the morning as a result!  We’re using the g-tube with his regular formula (Compleat Pediatric) overnight tonight to see how he handles that.

I’m hoping that everything will go smoothly tonight and that we’ll be on our way home tomorrow afternoon!  It is already SO wonderful to be able to kiss The Littlest Apple’s cheeks again, and based on how quickly he’s bouncing back, I’d say we made the right decision going forward with this surgery.

My apologies to those of you waiting for responses from me!  I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get caught up on all the comments and emails once we get home.  For now, I’d better sleep while I can!

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