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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

post-surgery update (all went well)

First I would like to say that I am sorry I wasn't able to post yesterday! When we got home and he was resting, I was going to post, but our internet didn't work. Then we found out that our home phone didn't work. It was just repaired, so here I am. Apparently a neighbor had their phone line worked on, and when the worker shut the box, it cut our phone line.

The surgery yesterday started at about 7:40a, and we were called back to talk to the doctor at about 10:15a. He said that all went well and we would be able to see Wes pretty soon after. We were taken to see him right after the doctor consultation, and boy was he mad!! The nurse was trying to hold him and he kept arching his back and straightening his arms and legs. When he does that, he is nearly impossible to hold. She handed him to me and I spent the next three hours trying to keep him on my lap. He wanted down, he wanted the tubes disconnected, he wanted the hospital clothes off. The reason we were in recovery so long is because Wesley's oxygen level wouldn't stay up on its own, so he was on oxygen. As soon as we gave him some Pedialyte, he was at his before-surgery level, so we could go home. He was probably dehydrated.
Wes slept most of the day yesterday and he slept all night last night. We had to feed him and give him pain medicine, but he hardly even stirred for that. He did get mad and scream when we had to put Vaseline on the incisions. I underestimated how tough that would be!! I am not one who likes touching stitches and wounds, and then to have to touch your son's as he SCREAMS in pain!! Yikes!! I can't tell him that it hurts me as much as it hurts him because I am sure it doesn't, but it does hurt me a little.
We have a better idea what to expect after the next surgery (the BIG one), but the esophagus surgery is so much more difficult. Once Wes is recovered from this surgery, the second surgery will be scheduled. This will be at least three months, probably longer with scheduling difficulties.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support!!! Here's a picture of Wes on the car ride home. He would not let me take the water bottle away, even when he fell asleep!!


Conethia and Jim Bob said...

I am very glad little Wes is doing fine after the fact. Way to go Wes.

Tami said...

Poor little man. So glad he's doing better.

Michelle said...

I'm glad things are moving along well for him, and hope he's 100% soon. Hugs to you, that's so tough on a Momma!

Stacey said...

Prayers for the little guy!!

adoptedthree said...

It always looked worse to me then how the boys seemed to feel. By the next day they were up and running like nothing ever happened.

The out of anesthesia thing is so difficult for the little ones. Glad he is doing better and happy recovery!

Chris and Celeste said...

Thanks Staci for the update on Wes. I have a question, on FRUA there was some talk about ones medical insurance not covering this procedure for adopted children, did you run into this if so what did you do? We will ofcourse be getting our little guy the same surgery (when we get him) and am worried our insurance won't cover this procedure. You can leave me a message on my sight.

Christy said...

Glad to hear Wes is doing well. Love the picture. He is so cute.

Payne's said...

So glad to read the surgery went well. Hang in there Staci your a great Mama!


Stefanie said...

Staci, Thanks for the email. No worries, I know how time can get away from you, believe me.
We will catch up the next time and the weather will be much better.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted you to know that many babies born with EA are not operated on until they are a few months old. Babies with esophagus-trachea connections do get operated on right away, because they can't survive like that. But kids with only a gap in the esophagus can wait a while. Nowadays, the preferred method is to pull the two ends of the esophagus together but sometimes (all the time not that long ago) doctors would use part of the colon to repair the esophagus. What is the plan for Wes?

Staci and Damon said...

I believe that the surgeon plans on "pulling up" Wesley's stomach to meet the end of his esophagus. At this point, we aren't sure how much esophagus he has from the top down, but he has none from the stomach up. Wes will be having a scope done to determine the best strategy before surgery though.

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