Jacob’s little mini surgery to invistigate the re-occurring pimple that wouldn’t drain on its own along his incision line was today and went really well. The surgeon (same as performed his actual heart surgery) made a small incision at the top of his previous site. A small cavity was discovered, though not irritated by any loose wires (from when they wired his chest shut), the surgeon actually didn’t know what caused the cavity/sinus tract, so we were especially glad to get it cleared up. He cleaned out the tissue in that area down to his sternum, pulled the surrounding tissue together and stitched him back up. The whole process only took about 45 minutes. He mentioned that the portion of bone he saw looked really good and firm, and the rest of his sternum felt solid as well. So, great marks from our surgeon for Jacob.
Recovery went well though it did take a while for his oxygen to climb up to where it needed to be as he had a cold over the weekend and had gunk in his lungs. It took him one throw up and a number of good hearty coughs before the numbers climbed into the higher 90s where they belonged (they wanted to hang out at 88-90) He is now home and happy playing in the family room with his trucks and sleepy papa. Now we just need to keep the site clean (maybe an inch long, if even that) and dry for a couple days and watch for signs of infection. It hurts him some, but doesn’t seem to cause him a lot of pain and he is largely ignoring it.
Here’s our little man hanging out with his new found friend from the hospital after the surgery was over – he’s still a bit out of it. He chose that dog from the pile of animals and promptly named it “Susie” after our dog at home. I don’t think he has let it out of his sight since. 🙂
Now he is a little more awaking and getting his blood pressure taken while munching on a delicious orange popsicle. You can see that the incision the surgeon had to make this time was very small – this really was a very minor surgery.
Of course, minor or not, it doesn’t keep you from stressing out while he is in there. And I can tell you that his numbers not wanting to climb (even though high 80s is considered awesome stats for a lot of heart kids) brought back a lot of uneasy memories and feelings. But as you can see here, there is nothing to worry about now. 🙂
So, hooray for Jacob! and now, I am off to take a quick nap before I need to pick up the children and get dinner ready…after all I’ve been up since 4:30 this morning. 🙂
p.s. if there are typos and gross errors I am terribly sorry, and I hope it all makes sense, because I think I am hardly coherent right now….