Friday, August 22, 2008

Out of surgery

He's out of surgery.

They were able to do the hernia/fundo laprasocopically, which is good. Turns out he also did have inguinal hernias on both sides as well.

To the brave anonymous poster who is concerned about my son's foreskin, don't worry, it's still intact. It's too early to do now. We'll return to that discussion on a day when I'm not still waiting for him to breathe on his own.

He got 7 incisions, total. Four for the fundo, 1 for the G tube and then two for each of the groin hernias.

They tell me it went well and he's doing good.

He's still pretty much out cold. He'll stir just a teeny bit every now and then. I can see him trying to suck on his ET tube every once a in while, but so far he's not trying to breathe on his own.

When he came out of surgery, he was on 40% oxygen but he's been weaned down to 28% now. They actually came and turned down his volume a bit just a few minutes ago because he actually didn't have enough CO2. Apparently he was reading like a healthy baby. And it's CO2 that drives the brain to breathe. SO they were hoping to up his level and drive his brain to try it on its own a little bit sooner. They said probably by morning, he'll be breathing.

They're holding our spot down in the New NICU. (Is it now the old new NICU because now we're back in the new old NICU?) Robbie's roommate's parents came down to visit earlier and brought gifts. If my flippin' camera would turn back on (yes, it has new batteries) I'd show you the adorable Dr. Seuss onesie that he got. Plus a bunch of pampering gifts. They're for Robbie, but SURELY he wouldn't mind if I used just a smidge of his Burt's Bees hand lotion. I mean, I'm drying my skin out washing it 800 times a day for HIM, right?

Anyway, I'll give a better blow-by-blow of the whole thing once it's over.

Just wanted everyone to know that so far so good. Keep praying. I'll relax a bit more when he's off the vent again.



**sissy** said...

I'm so happy to hear that he's doing well. I've been thinking about you guys all day.

Mrs. Spit said...

Glad he's doing so well! Hang in there. Still praying.

Amy said...

I'm so happy he's doing well Trish! I'm thinking of you often! <3 Amy (ackdyolen from MSN).

PS, Ignore the previous anonymous comment. Whether or not to circumcize YOUR baby, is not HER decision. You need to do what's right for you and your family. ((HUG))

Stacie said...

Whew. I am glad that the surgeries are over and he is doing well. Your little Robbie is such a fighter. There is NO WAY he's going to let this surgery keep him down for long! Before you know it, you'll be back in the other NICU room.

Hugs to you, my dear. He made it through, and so did you. I'll continue to send positive vibes your way.

Kim said...

I'm so glad that things went well.. I hope that he's back to breathing and in your arms soon.

Nat said...

Still praying for Robbie, and of course you and David too!

Searching said...

YAY! I've been checking in all day like a madwoman and have been praying hard since the middle of the night. I'm so glad it went so well. Also glad they were able to knock so many surgeries out at once! I KNEW Robbie would do just fine, he's one heckuva kid. Now momma, on the other hand... ;) j/k, but very glad to hear you are in one piece! I'll be thinking about you all as I spend the weekend listening to those familiar monitor beep-beep-beeps, hoping his sats are dinging high along with my little vent kids! Take care of yourself!!

Suzanne said...

I was thinking about you and Robbie all day today... I hope he is home soon and you can file all this away as a crazy but distant memory. Have you read that book by Dennis Leary's wife about their preemie? I can't think of the name, but it was really good and I thought of you the entire time I was reading it.

Oh. And f**k that anonymous commenter regarding the circumcision. I wanted to punch the screen when I read that. If I ever find out who wrote that I'm gonna go beat them up. Seriously!

love, sueball from SAL

weeza said...

We love you, and are praying for a speedy recovery. Hubby asks me everyday "How is Robbie today?"

Sending more hugs and love. He's gone through so much and has become my favorite small hero :)

To those of you rounding up a posse for anonymous, I'm THERE. The LAST thing that's an issue is foreskin right now. Please, grow some tact anonymous

Amy said...

Thanks so much for updating! Glad things are going well so far, my family and I will keep praying! Love you.

Sonadora said...

Praying hard for a speedy recovery for Robbie.

Preston said...

So glad everything went well! Pres and I are thinking of you all.



Emily said...

i am glad things are going well. i am still praying for all of you. (((big hugs)))))

p.s. anonymous, you can kiss my a**. how DARE you say something so rude to someone who is having such a hard time. there are plenty of good reasons for a circumcision, NONE of them are your business or up to you at all. so piss off.

AngelsAmid said...

I'm so glad to hear his surgery went ok! I'm praying he'll be back to breathing on his own very soon! *huge hugs*

doubleoh said...

Lots of prayers for Robbie.

Just a girl in the south said...

So happy to hear that he's doing well. We will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!!

Heather said...

I'm glad Robbie is OK after his surgery. He'll be feeling so much better soon now that that is fixed. I think moose will be making an emergence soon now that his tummy will feel better!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear that all is well! Stay tough, mama! There is light at the end of this tunnel!

Much love,
bella & Carl

Jody said...

SO GLAD to hear it. I've been thinking about you guys this morning. Keep us posted, I know we'll all be checking in repeatedly.

And, you know, I'm about as anti-circ as it gets, but there is an appropriate time and place for that discussion. And I'm sure that commenter knew that wasn't it since she had to go anonymous. To heck with her. You focus on getting your baby breathing!

grumpyteach said...

I love you Trishy, and pray for you guys everyday.

Anonymous is a munter

Love from Grumps.

Wifezzilla said...

wow, he's getting BIG! it's been some time since i checked in, and i am glad to see you all are doing well. good luck!