Monday, March 30, 2009

My Littlest Man: The Sequel

Thursday morning we awoke at 3:45 a.m.-ish to get ready for Sawyer's surgery. When I went to get him from his crib (4:45-ish), he became wide awake. He stayed awake for the entire hour's drive to the hospital in Baltimore. He didn't know where we were going. Or where we were. Or what we were doing there. But he knew he was ready to go home as soon as we got there.

About ten minutes before the surgery, he put his coat on over his hospital gown and announced he wanted to go home. We calmed him down, and he fell asleep in my arms. Literally just minutes before I walked him into the operating room. It was so much easier to have him already asleep when they placed the gas mask on his face. And then I left the room.

That's the story of Sawyer's surgery. Everything went that well. Down to the very last detail.

The surgery that was expected to last an hour and 15 minutes, lasted less than 45 minutes. (Within 45 minutes of leaving him in the operating room, both the surgeon and the anesthesiologist were talking to us in the waiting room.)

Waking up in recovery was the longest part. We couldn't see him until he opened his eyes on his own. But, this little guy was sleepy. He was taking his morning nap and couldn't be bothered with waking up to see his new surroundings.

Once we got our hands on our little man, they gave him some apple juice. He drank two glasses, to their surprise.

And then we were wheeled up to his room. Just four hours after surgery, he ate his first meal. Much to the surprise of all the nurses.

He has continued to heal with leaps and bounds. The doctors and nurses could not believe that he just had surgery. They said most patients are sitting in bed, mouths open, and drooling. Not Sawyer. He demanded to go home (in the middle of the night). He demanded to watch Dora and Diego at all hours of the day. And drank apple juice all day and night long.


In the morning, he ate the nasty scrambled "eggs" that they serve. (He won't eat my real ones at home ...)

He's not supposed to run or jump for two weeks. He's doing both. He has jumped on beds, the sofa and the ottoman. He runs through the house as if someone is chasing him. He's unstoppable, that little man. I have tried to stop him, to no avail.

And do you know why he's doing so well? Because of prayer. It has to be. I am convinced. And for that, I thank you.

* * * * While we do not yet know the results of the pathology, the doctor said the lymph node seems "reactive," as in reacting to an infection. I assume we have to wait two weeks until Sawyer's followup appointment. * * * *

30 comments:

Brenda said...

I'm so glad it went well. Diego and Dora can work wonders for little ones. (Ruby's favorites)

nikki said...

Yay! So glad that he's doing so well!

Katie Jean said...

Aww what a little champ!! He is so freakin cute too! I'll be praying that he continues to heal and the results are good.

cici said...

aww. i'm so glad to hear it went so well. more prayers coming your way for the results.

he is a little cutie, that guy.

christy said...

ah the wonders of a child's body, they recover so quickly.

Katie said...

I'm so proud of him! Tell him Aunt Katie loves him and that I hope he contiues to feel better!

Karyn said...

Thanks for the great post! What super photos and such a great story. Sawyer is an amazing little soul.

Could he be any cuter????

Jessica said...

I just love that picture of him eating his eggs. Its just so stinkin' cute! Well of course he's up and running now ~ he has all of those big brothers to keep up with!! He can't show his weakness :) I'm so glad things went well. I'll continue to keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers.

Erika said...

I am glad everything went ok and you little one is up and down, It is sad to see them al quiet.

Lora said...

What a tough little guy!!!

Libby said...

God is sooo good! That picture of Sawyer eating those "eggs" made me cry! That is the sweetest thing I have ever seen! His little hands..his sweet little head..those eyes...swoon! Glad he's (and ya'll) are doing so well! Libby

Sam said...

Glad to hear it went well. I always find it amusing when they tell you to keep your kid from running or jumping. Have they ever tried to do that without drugs?

lisa said...

I'm so glad. I know you are releaved. And what a cutie!

April said...

OMG I laughed so hard at that pic of him sitting there eating eggs. What a hoot. So glad to hear he is doing well.

FinnyKnits said...

Welcome home, Big Man! Nice work on that hospital food. You may be the only one eating it.

CJ said...

So glad to read that surgery went well. I have similar pictures of my daughter about the same age as she went for surgery.

Myrnie said...

Way to go Sawyer, and way to go Mom!

txmommy said...

wonderful!!!

sue said...

How great is that. You couldnt wish for better news. He looks so tiny asleep in your arms doesnt he. You must have been very nervous waiting for him to come out of surgery. I never know why they tell you to keep them calm and not let them jump about when you know that there is no way they are going to do that is there. I am happy that your son went through it all so well and I hope the results are great too.

Marty said...

So glad it went well. I didn't want to tell you beforehand that my grandson, who sailed through the surgery, decided to terrorize the whole surgery floor. He wouldn't even swallow his own saliva because "it hurts," and kicked and even bit a nurse! He was just two then, now he's four. We can laugh now, and chalk it up to his being a redhead, but oh, his poor mom!

Cindy Is Crafty said...

Lera,
I am so thrilled that it went so well for the little man! I am praying that the news from the biopsy will be good news. I am sure it will be!

hooli said...

Oh Phew! We're so glad for you.

randi said...

I am so happy that the surgery went well and that it is over! God is so good!

He is simply adorable with that huge plate of eggs. So manly! ;)

mommiemarzie said...

He's amazing! I'm glad everything went so well.

jessi said...

What great news! What a trooper!

Heide said...

What a trooper! Way to go, Sawyer!

amandajean said...

i'm so glad that it all went so well! that last photo of him eating the nasty scrambled eggs has got to be the cutest photo i have EVER seen! i just want to pinch his little cheeks!

Diane said...

Wonderful news! Glad to *see* he's doing so well. He's an amazing little guy.

Sandy said...

The power of prayer is magnificent! You had a lot coming your way. Glad that little cutie is healing well and I continue to pray for a positive outcome!

Amy said...

He's so cute, I could just eat him up! Will continue to pray for the test results. So glad to see he's back in action!