Yesterday morning, we arrived at the hospital at 6:00 a.m. Of course, I had no idea what I was in for... just look at how happy I was!
|All bundled up, just arriving at the hospital|
|Pre-Op nurse getting me ready|
|How cute am I in my hospital gown???|
|Dr. B is ready... am I?|
As an added bonus, Dr. Bauer was able to remove BOTH of the annoying lumps that were on the very sensitive area of my bottom, as well as another little nodule that was problematic. Mom didn't want to post such a graphic photo, but she says my bottom looks great, and I'll take her word for it!
We spent about an hour in recovery, while my temperature and oxygen levels came up. Then, we settled into our room. My Nana and Great Auntie and Uncle came with my sissy, and that helped to perk me up. As soon as I heard her voice, I looked up, and she sang me some songs to cheer me up.
|Sissy singing to me|
|Sissy with Nana and Auntie|
They started with plain infant ibuprofin and then infant Tylenol, but those just didn't cut it. Before bed, the nurse got me an order for Tylenol with Codeine, and that was much better. We were able to sleep on and off all night in a chair, with just slight hourly interruptions of pain. I got a second dose of the good stuff at about 4:30 a.m., and some more ibuprofin this morning. I haven't been able to get comfortable enough to nurse, but have taken a couple of bottles, and we can see my appetite coming back slowly.
Relatively early this morning, we got to do the unveiling, and mommy and daddy got to see my backside for the first time.
|Getting ready to change my dressing for the first time. |
Look - I even held my bear!
|The stitches are on the sides just under the top of the nevus.|
You can just barely see the bump from the expanders right above the stitches. The expanders will be more obvious as the swelling goes down.
All in all, this has been a rough experience, and I am nowhere near myself yet, but it is coming. I'm a strong boy, I have a strong family, and we are so very blessed to have the most wonderful friends, family and medical staff to get us through this. We couldn't do it without you.
|Cuddling up to mama the morning after|