Sunday, July 20, 2008

The worst part is over...

...hopefully. Ian had his palate surgery Friday. Surgery was scheduled for 10:40am, but we had to be there by 7am for lab work. We hurried to the hospital to wait around for a while. Once we were called back, Ian had labs drawn to determine his factor level. With hemophilia, he had to get Factor 8 through an IV before this and any type of surgery. After receiving the factor, more labs were drawn to make sure his level was where it needed to be. Luckily, he had only 2 pokes this time instead of 7 like before the last surgery. He was a total champ about it. The second time he was poked, he only whimpered for a minute. Surgery and recovery took somewhere around 2 hours; at least that's what I think. Time seems to stand still in the hospital. After surgery he cried for a while and we tried everything to soothe him. He finally went to sleep. He was on morphine for a while for pain, then we switched over to Tylenol that night. He was in a drugged state until around 2am. He woke up wanting something to eat and gobbled down about 3oz. of formula and 2 containers of baby food. Poor guy was hungry. He went back to sleep for a while and woke up around 6am for more food. He ate very well, enough where we decided he would be fine at home. So, we packed up and came home. Today has been pretty rough. He has eaten maybe 1 container of baby food all day and a few ounces of formula. The most he's eaten at one sitting is 2 oz. of apple juice. He was in so much pain that he cried and whined almost constantly, wanting only to be held and snuggle with us. After calling Dr. Williams' office, the nurse said we could up his pain dosage (he's on Tylenol with codeine now). Things have been a little better since then, but he's still not eating much. Please keep him in your prayers. I cannot imagine the pain he is in. I know eating something would make him feel a little more like himself. As any parent, I hate to see him this way. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.


10 comments:

Krissy said...

I'm glad to hear you are all home and that everything went well. Hang in there -- I promise it gets better :)

Plus 3 said...

I'm glad he's doing well! Those first few days after palate surgery are rough on everyone! I hope he starts eating better soon! I'm thinking about you!

The Ski's said...

Thank you for the updates. We have been thinking about you all so much. We will continue to keep you close in thought as you continue to recover from surgery....all of you!!!! Wish we were closer so we could be of more help. Take care.....and big hugs to Ian for all he has gone through.

Caleb Ryan said...

Poor little guy. I'm very glad to here that everything went. He is a little CHAMP and he will be back to his cute, fun, smiling little self before you know. Please keep the updates coming because I love to here how things are going with him.

Erica2204 said...

I am praying for you! I hate to think of him in pain. Let me know if you need anything.

Jessica (I've survived a brain tumor!) said...

I'm glad to hear the surgery went okay, but I'm sure recovery is tough on him and on you guys!!! Little Ian is always in my prayers, and I pray that things get more "normal" soon. (-:

Jessica said...

what a sweetie ian is, yall are in my prayers! i love you guys!

Jenson's said...

We continue to pray for Ian and the entire family. He is such an awesome little boy. I pray he recovers quickly and gets back on his original eating trend. Hugs from Abigail and the rest of us.

The Dawkins said...

I am glad things went well, hopefully he will feel better soon.

Allison said...

Poor little guy! That last picture brought tears to my eyes! He looks so grown up sitting with his daddy, like a little boy more than a little baby. We are proud of you, Ian. You are a trooper, so strong and so brave!

Hugs from Abby and us all.