I made it to the hospital with a half hour to spare before surgery, running inside right past the anesthesiologist who was stuffing some last minute cookies down his throat in the waiting room. They had given her fentanyl again to keep her comfortable. This time I had a long time to talk to both surgeons and relax me. Everyone was baffled. They say this can happen with older babies after surgery, but is very rare. That's my girl! It could be related to starting feeds sooner, but her bloating from ileus the first few days seems a lot more suspect. Also the steroids can soften the skin and may have contributed. When they went in they found that one side held perfectly. Textbook. The other side was a raggedy mess.
They told me this time they would put in a double row of stitches, and since the surgery wasn't as involved she should recover and get extubated quicker. Dr. Black assured me it will make it like it never happened. Not only will the scar look the same, but for reasons I don't understand incisions after surgery don't really start healing for 5-7 days so it will not disrupt the healing timeline for her and she MIGHT still be home by Christmas. I appreciated very much that the anesthesiologist called Dr. Kadesky at home to ask about the de-sat he had told me about but was not mentioned in the surgery notes. Turns out it was only a 92% desat, but it was helpful to know about and she did repeat that pattern. I very much appreciated his caution and making that phone call!
|Miss Tara less swollen, off pain meds, and feeling better. Right before she tore her little tummy!|
Thanks to my wonderful mother who kept our son overnight and my in-laws who came early the next day to help us get some extra sleep. Nonetheless today some of my hair started falling out in clumps. I didn't think I was that stressed, but apparently I am. Apparently it's not enough that I'm sprouting many grey hairs for the first time after this whole NICU experience...
With all the attention on Tara this week, I haven't taken any photos or videos of the little man. I made up for it today. He was wide awake and having a dance party on the changing table, where he LOVES to hang out. I'm not sure if it is the super cute and colorful wood mobile from my friend Karen or the way he can stretch out and flail his arms and legs around. I just pull up the rocking chair and watch. He is following people with his eyes and head and making more eye contact. He smiles more and I think I heard him laugh twice. I've started reading him books, and he seems to enjoy it. I have to say I'm alarmed at how many baby books are about animals and the noises they make. Isn't the goal to get them to make human noises?