Sunday, January 29, 2012

Surgery Update

We are thrilled to say that we are home and everything went wonderfully!

  • We didn't hit rush hour traffic on the way to the hospital.
  • Ezra fell asleep during pre-op so he wasn't screaming from hunger pains even though surgery was delayed about 45 minutes.
  • The hospital staff was amazing!
  • Surgery took WAY longer than we thought it would, but they were able to keep the facial nerve completely intact! His surgeon said it was quite a mess in there.
  • The incision is shorter than I anticipated it would be.
  • Within hours after surgery, Ezra was a happy guy!
  • We realized how truly blessed we were after seeing other families dealing with much more challenging issues.
  • Ezra had very little pain after surgery. We didn't even have to get a prescription for pain meds when we left the hospital.
  • They were able to remove his drainage tube before we left so we don't have to deal with it at home or make an extra trip back to the hospital this week to have it removed.
  • So far, he doesn't rub or scratch at the incision so we don't have to keep the splints on his arms.
Here's a post-op picture...Steri-strips, left over marking pen, some swelling and a little bruising
Happy reading a book with Daddy and Ashton
Crawling all over the house with his little smirk! You can barely tell anything was done from this angle.

Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers for Ezra, our family and the doctors. We felt them all - especially during the extra 90 minutes of surgery when we were anxiously waiting to hear from the doctor. Keep praying that the rest of recovery goes just as well!

If you have more questions about our experience with Atypical Mycobacterium, please leave a comment or email me at thoner02k @ yahoo . com. You can read all my posts related to this here.



Ann said...

What an ordeal for you all Anika - so glad everythings turned out well.

Sara Mac said...

Anika I'm so glad the surgery went well. I'm sorry to have missed your last post about this. I love that you made a list of blessings! Hope Ezra continues to recover well.

adrianne klein said...

Hi anika my daughter has the same thing just on her neck... did he have to spend the night in the hospital??

Anika said...

Adrianne, we spent 2 nights in the was done at 5:00pm and they wanted his drain to stay in for 36-48 hours. We could have taken care of the drain at home, but they recommended we stay the second night, which was fine and saved us a trip back to have the drain removed (which literally took 5 seconds).