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Thursday morning was a challenging and emotional for all of us. It was the day of Toren's surgery and he wasn't allowed to eat before. The last bottle of milk he had was at 11:30pm the night before and a bottle of pedialight (or however u spell it)at 6am. Before it was surgery time he had already gone 7.5 hours without eating/drinking and was really upset! They gave him a paci with some sugar water to dip it in. It really didn't help but at that point he was so exhausted from crying for so long that the paci was just enough to get him to pass out for the rest of the time we waited, which wasn't too much longer. I kissed him goodbye and cried of course. It was hard letting him go but at the same time I was happy that he was finally getting "fixed".
I was told the endoscopic surgery would take 45-60 minutes. After about an hour and 15 minutes the nurse walked out. As she was walking up to me I could see disappointment on her face. The first thing I thought was that she was going to tell me Toren didn't make it... She approached me and said "I'm so sorry, they JUST NOW started the surgery. They had a really hard time finding a good vein to get the IV in. It will be about an hour, but I will give you a call as soon as they are done and let you know how he's doing." -- OMG! My heart skipped a few beats, but I was just so happy everything was okay!!
It only took 45 minutes before I got the phone call, all was well! He was being taken to picu and they would come get me and take me to him when they had him and his room all situated. The wait felt like forever, but it wasn't long, maybe an hour. I had a hard time keeping track of time after this point. They took us to his room and he looked amazing!! Practically no swelling at all!
The next few hours were a bit hard. He was in pain, crying in and out of sleep. He would jump every now and then from what I can only assume were shock waves of pain that would come and go. They gave him a shot of morphine before they even took him to his room, but it had already worn off after only 3 hours. I was practically begging the nurse to give him more drugs! She kept telling me he was hungry (I could tell the difference in his cries, he was in PAIN) but I fed him a bottle... whatever I had to do to prove he wasn't crying for food. He took a few sips from the bottle but couldn't stop crying long enough to get much of anything but an oz. Most of it probably dribbled out of his mouth while he was screaming. The nurse finally gave him some Motrin after an hour and a half total of him crying out in pain. It didn't help.... his blood pressure was getting really high and his heart rate was going up in the 250's!! I was starting to get really upset and about to get nasty with the nurse but thank God there was a shift change right then and the new nurse came in and was immediately like "When was the last time he had pain killers?" I told her he had Motrine about an hour before she came in and that the other nurse wouldn't give him morphine and thought he was only crying because he was hungry. The new nurse was like "OMG! Let's give this poor baby some drugs!!" She looked on the computer and said Dr Jimenez initialed that it okay for Toren to get morphine every 2 hours if needed. So he finally got his second shot of morphine after about 2.5-3 hours of being in constant pain . Almost immediately he stopped crying,dozed off to sleep and his vitals went to normal levels.
Around 11:30pm he started acting more like his normal self and in a lot less pain. He was happy and playing with his toys. Chewing on his toy rings and watching tv, lol They discharged him around 1pm the day after surgery. That's when his swelling was the worst but still not bad at all! He was still in some pain. He was okay as long as I was holding him but as soon as his head laid down on anything he would start fussing. We are alternating between Motrin and Tylenol but today he has been TONS better! He doesn't hardly fuss in pain at all when his head presses against stuff now. My little superman!
We are home now. Got home last night. We were planning on staying the weekend in San Antonio since he has more appointments on the 9th and 10th for his helmet, but we were all tired and wanted to sleep in our own bed. There's no place like home! It feels sooo good to be back!! Toren slept about 8 hours last night before waking up to eat. He's recovering amazingly well and everything is going great!! I couldn't be happier at this point. We are all feeling much better now!
^Waiting for Toren's name to be called.
^He was such a cutie in his hospital gown!
^Pre-op, getting his vitals checked.
^About an hour post-op. This was before the morphine wore off.
^About 9-10 hours post-op. Chewing on his toy rings and watching tv.
^ About 9-10 hours post-op. Playing with his toys.
^I almost got a smile
^9-10 hours post-op.
^1 day post-op. Discharged and waiting for daddy to pull the car up. This is the worst his swelling got (if you can see his puffy head/face). This is the only picture I got of the swelling before it got better and went away.
^2 days post-op (today 7th). His 2 small bandages. It's amazing those are going to be the only two scars he will have from the huge amount of bone that was cut out and removed.
Oh, Ame. I am so happy to read this great update. Sending positive thoughts and prayers for a continued fast healing for Toren. I couldn't imagine all of that stress on you watching you sweet rainbow baby going through that. You are a trooper! Sending continued T&P to you and your family!
Oh Amy so glad to hear he's doing so great. Though that really stinks they didn't call you or come out and tell you the surgery got delayed and the first nurse wouldn't help him more with his pain. Hugs to Toren.
I had read your updates on FB, but didn't hear about the mean nurse not giving him drugs. I would have been really PO'ed about that. I'm so glad someone new came on and was able to give him some more morphine to help him feel better. Poor widdle bubby! So glad he is doing so well now. He looks so happy!