Sweet Jonah is doing well. He was so tired, but, after some Tylenol, was playing and smiling in his room. Matt finally got him to sleep, and this is what he's up to as we "speak"...
The surgery went well, and when I went back to wrap his torso after they were done, it appeared there was only a tiny bit of blistering around the incision site. It wasn't even enough to drain at the time. I haven't taken the Lite (bandage) off to look at it since, but I've tried not to mess with him too much. If he acts okay when he wakes up, I'm going to try to take a better look.
I got to go in and help with securing the IV, pulse-ox, and leads. Actually, the doctors were gracious enough to let me kind of lead that process, and I did pretty much everything but the actual IV. They were WONDERFUL, especially Dr. S, our anesthesiologist, who happens to be a former Young Lifer. :)
This is me between prep and the post-op rewrapping. I came out to wait with the family during the actual surgery. They would have let me stay the whole time, but I didn't want to be in there for the cutting.
Flattering photo, huh?
While the anesthesiologist was finishing up and the surgeon was waiting to start, I kept asking him (the surgeon) if he watched doctor shows and what he thought about Grey's Anatomy. I also cracked some (inappropriate) joke about Grey's, saying something like, "Hey, when we run out of plot lines, we'll just make them have sex in the on-call room." And in my head the whole time I was saying to myself, "Self, just SHUT-UP. Seriously, stop talking now."
What can I say? I joke around when I'm nervous.
But seriously, it was a great experience all the way around, and the only reason I was smiling like that is because of all your prayers and how incredibly AT PEACE I felt. Don't get me wrong, I was crying on the way to the hospital and completely lost it while holding Jonah as he got loopy and started to giggle because of the drugs. But when we went to that OR, it was like a peace washed over me, I went into "get 'er done" mode, and everything went so well. I know that the peace I felt and my ability to remain unemotional (or low emotional anyway) was straight from God.
But enough about me. Jonah has come through, so far, like a champ and is doing well. He's been fussy some, but has also smiled and played. He's sleeping peacefully in Daddy's arms. His breathing seemed pretty raspy to me before he fell asleep, but I think it might have just been that he was overly tired, because his breathing sounds pretty good now, while he sleeps.
Some of you like specifics to pray for so here they are:
- for his trachea and breathing; that no damage was done during intubation
- for any blistering or irritation that may occur around the button
- that he won't rip his IV out (which is in the top of his foot)
- that he can have a peaceful night's rest (he really needs it)
Baby J's waking up now, so I better run. Thanks again for all the love and prayers.
Oh, and I also wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all the EB parents/friends who helped me get that list together. It was compiled from all their suggestions they sent me through email. You guys are so awesome, and today would not have gone as well as it did without you, not even close. Thank you for helping me help Jonah. Love you guys so much!