“Wait, what are they sticking in my brain!?”
“Let me out, I promise I’ll be good!”
“You guys like my gown?”
We also had a little make-out session…
MmmMMmmm mmmMMMmmm MMmmmmmM….
We read stories:
And in the end Calvin passed out with exhaustion and hunger….
Eventually we handed him off to the anesthesiologist who walked him back to surgery.
We had breakfast at the hospital’s awesome cafeteria, explored a little, and made our way back to the waiting room after about an hour.
There we waited FOREVER (about another hour and a half) for them to finish up.
Then his neurosurgeon came and talked to us.
Lots of people ask, “How did the surgery go?”, or “Was the surgery successful?”
That’s a hard question to answer.
The surgery went well in that Calvin went to sleep and woke up and there were no complications.
Well, it’s not one of those surgeries where you can say, “I fixed his bone, all better,” or “The hernia is gone, check.”
Brains are more tricky.
His neurosurgeon said the shunt was probably malfunctioning, but she wasn’t totally sure, but sure enough to take out the shunt and put a new one in, let’s wait 3 months and get another MRI, have a nice day.
She also said everyone loved him the OR and they were playing with him before the surgery, which is probably why it took FOREVER, because they were just so charmed by his cuteness that they couldn’t put him to sleep quite yet.
Only one parent could go to the PACU, so Nate went back to be with Calvin, and then I sneaked back about 15 minutes later.
“My head hurts – give me some drugs please!”
After a few hours in the PACU we headed up to the ridiculously tiny room, where Calvin made himself right at home.
The child life lady brought him some toys –
(Seriously – this kid has SO MANY TOYS from the 6 hospitals he’s been in. Lucky duck.)
(Please note the hair. Oh my goodness, this neurosurgeon sure did like her clippers. Geez.)
He was pretty cranky when he was awake, and slept a lot that day.
Since the hospital room only had one (really, really uncomfortable) recliner chair,
(can I emphasize that enough? OU Children’s GET BETTER CHAIRS!)
Nate and I got a hotel room across the street.
We took turns going there to sleep.
Guess who got 8 hours of straight sleep for the first time in 9 months?
(Seriously – that is not an exaggeration – the last time was December 18, 2 days before our fetal surgery.)
That would be me.
I texted Nate before I fell asleep,
“We should do this more often.”
The next morning – there is a reason I look so happy!
8 hours people…. 8 HOURS.
(Look at that chair…. ugh)
(Calvin liked the chair…)
Calvin was doing well, and there was really nothing they could do at the hospital that we can’t do at home, so we peaced out the next afternoon.
“Let’s go home, y’all!”
(Calvin is embracing the Southern drawl.)
Since the surgery, his breathing issues haven’t really changed, but they seem to be manageable at this point, in my opinion. We have an appointment with his pulmonologist on Wednesday, so we will see what he thinks.
Now on to more important topics….
what to do about that hair…..