Thursday, September 3, 2009

Coming Home

As expected Diego was discharged from the hospital this morning. We could tell he was happy to be leaving.
From Coming Home 9/3/2009

He didn't sleep well thru the night but that was to be expected. It's hard to sleep when attached to monitors. Especially when they throw alarms every 10 minutes. For pain control we were given a prescription of Tylenol w/codeine. Daddy has to administer the drug because it's a big fight every time.

Diego spent most of the day napping and watching cartoons. He ate one good meal at lunch then lost his appetite. We even took him out for pizza and he was not interested. As of this writing he is up watching Madagascar 2 and it's way past his bedtime. Oh well, we are just happy to have him home safe.
From Coming Home 9/3/2009

We want to thank everyone back home for their kind words and support. Also want to thank the wonderful staff at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. So far you have given our son feet to walk on, a hip to stand on and new hands for work and play. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Never have we met such caring medical personnel.
From Coming Home 9/3/2009

We plan to stay in Dallas into the weekend and return to Austin on Sunday. It will feel good to finally be home.

Surgery Update

The day of surgery we arrived at the hospital at 7am. Our room was assigned to us the day before so all we just had to settle in. Diego was in good spirits.
From Surgery 9/2/2009

At aproximately 9:30 we moved from our room down to the surgery holding area. Several of the OR nurses stopped by to say hi. They remembered him from his last surgery in Feb of this year.

Diego was given an oral sedative shortly before his move into OR. They call it 'goofy juice'. Five minutes later he was visibily goofy :) He smiled a lot and kept kissing mommy and daddy.

At 11am it was turnover time. Mom placed Diego into the nurse's arms and we watched her dissappear into OR. Always a tough moment for us.

We were given a pager and told they would call us half-way thru the procedure for an update. The surgery was scheduled for three hrs. Two hours later they called to let us know he was doing fine. Then shortly after 3pm, we were called down to Recovery. As we approached his bed we could see he was half awake and quietly looking around. He immediately started crying when he saw mom. She worked her mom magic to keep him calm. We stayed in Recovery for about 20 minutes then moved to his room where he slepted for another 2 hrs. When he woke up he was pretty hungry. He had a good meal and didn't get sick which was a good sign.
From Surgery 9/2/2009

If all goes well, he should be out of the hospital tomorrow (Thursday). We'll post and update when we know for sure. Here are a few photos: