"By adopting a child and helping them reach their potential, they help us reach ours. An adopted child is not an unwanted child; to the contrary. They are a child who was searched for, prayed for, cried for, begged for; received by arms that ached, making empty hearts full. Love is meant to be shared." Author unknown

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Surgeries successful - recovering

It was a long day of surgeries on Thursday.  Corban began the day at 7:30am and Angel came out of surgery about 2:30pm.  The surgeries all went well.  Each of the boys had 3 tissue expanders placed.  We had only expected Corban to have two large expanders placed in his back but at his preop appointment on Wednesday we learned Dr. B thought he'd need to place a small one in Corban's forehead to removed the spot located there.  It was then that we got a clearer understand of his intentions for Angel.

Angel had a portion of the remaining nevus on her nose excised.  Dr. B also did some narrowing of her nose bridge between the eyes and thinning of the scars around her nostrils. She has recovered quite well.  She only had pain meds for the following 36 hours or so and then at bed time.  She has only mentioned discomfort in certain areas at time but it doesn't seem to be enough to interfere with activities.
This was on Sunday

Now the kids are on amends.  They have perked up each day and now the boys are ready to be up and about but we are still limiting that.  They have drainage tubes in and the  more active them are, the more they tend to fill up.  I think by the end of today we will be able to remove two of Tegan's three tubes.  Corban still has a few days to go till removing any of his.

These were taken yesterday

Recover, overall has gone pretty well.  Tegan dealt with quite a bit of nausea following surgery but by Friday morning he was finally able to keep food and meds down!!!  They have been real troopers.  I know they have been uncomfortable, Tegan will point to what is hurting and I can gage their pain meds that way. Their personalities are back so I know they are feeling much better.  The "terrible" two's attitudes are making their appearances.

I will be glad when all their drainage tubes are out though that means we are close to doing the first fill of the expanders and I am not looking forward to that.  I'm sure these 9 weeks will go by quickly and we'll be back at the hospital for surgery, again.  Their transformation with these balloons will be amazing, watch as I post their progress pictures each week.

Thanks for all the prayers during surgery!

1 comment:

  1. Tracy, I just want to scoop them up and HUG them! They are both so cute even when they aren't feeling well. Can't wait to follow along during this process.

    I posted about your Noel on my FB page and asked for prayers for her. Surely they will let her go to this new place to get help! Praying!!


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