Wednesday, October 1, 2008

On the Downhill of Recovery

Well, right after I posted the last blog at 2, they paged us to let us know that surgery was complete and he was being moved to recovery. It was about 2:45 or so when we got to see him. WOW! The shock, the disbelief. I MISS MY BABY'S CLEFT!! Never thought I would say that. He looks like a totally different kid. I know he is mine but it is going to take a while to get used to the new face.

He did great in the surgery and they were able to accomplish every thing they set out to do. They put in his ear tubes - no more trumpet playing for Andrew while Aiden sleeps since now he will be more sensitive to sounds. They were able to repair his nose and now he has stents in there for the next three weeks or so to help the nostrils keep there form. They also closed the lip, palate, AND gum line. It was a LONG surgery at almost 5 1/2 hours. He is still in a lot of pain and they just requested orders for him to be able to have Tylenol with Codine every 4 hours instead of having to wait 8 hours. He is resting comfortably in Daddy's arms and he is afraid to move in fear of him waking up again. It is going to be a long night but worth it all in the end.

I am sure there is more that I need to report but my brain is so foggy I can't really think to form sentences right now. Thank you to everyone for your many prayers and kind thoughts. Thank you Darcy from stopping by and helping calm my fears (and for the late night phone call last night). It is great to be able to talk to someone who has been there and knows what is going on. Sometimes I feel so clueless. I will post pictures tomorrow when we get home as I don't know what I am doing on this computer.


  1. Oh Joy, how wonderful but yeah, how amazing. He's not "the baby you knew" in the same way at all, I bet! It's a bit like going away for the weekened and your kid grew a FOOT, you swear! but on a much larger scale. I'm so happy for you both, so happy things are going well. Hope daddy's arms don't get sore from holding the sweet one! Prop him up with pillows! :)
    Kisses to the little guy, I hope his pain is gone quickly!

  2. Joy, I know it was the Lord who brought us together. And I am so honored to have been a part of this phase of Aiden's journey with you. I'm praying for a restful evening for you and the pain meds kick in for Aiden.

  3. I am so glad things went well. You know I felt the same way when I saw our Joy for the first time. I really missed her beautiful cleft. She is beautiful now, but you do get used to how they look. She looks totally different but when she started acting like herself she looked more like herself. We are still praying for you.

  4. Joy, I'm so glad Aiden is back in your arms, what a long day! You've gone through so much with this little man and in such a short time! I hope he's on a good road to a quick recovery and that the pain is controled very very well. I think you should just spend the next couple weeks in a recliner holding that new little face, that is if he will let you! What a bittersweet time. A mother loves every face of her child- and it would be hard to trade one in. I can't wait to see him!

  5. Oh I was so glad to hear that things went so well. You all have been in our prayers and will continue to be so.

    Love you guys and can't wait to come by for a visit!

  6. Hi Joy & Dale,
    I'm so happy that you are able to hold Aiden again. I was so concerned about Aiden the night before surgery tears kept comming to my eyes and we stayed up praying for him. The day of surgery we prayed all day and asked others to pray for him . We are so happy that he is doing fine. Give him a big kiss from both of us.