From the way he handled not eating anything all day yesterday (until 6:00 p.m.) to the way he has handled having a catheter bag attached to his leg, he gives new meaning to the word "trooper."
The surgery took almost 2 hours, instead of the 30 minutes to 1 hour that Dr. M thought it would. It seriously feels like it shaves about 5 years off my lifespan every time that happens with one of my children's surgeries!
Getting read to "sail" back to the O.R. in his boat - he'd already been given some Versed and was a little loopy, although he denied it.
When Dr. M came out she was smiling. Good sign. Everything went great. Daniel just had more fistulas than they'd thought. Four. She couldn't even believe he'd been doing so good with that many.
So the repair work took longer than we'd anticipated...and Daniel got to come home with a catheter again (we really thought he'd get out of it this time). He was much younger last time this happened, so we were able to do some fancywork with him wearing 2 diapers at once to deal with a catheter. Now that he is a big boy of 6, diapers are out of the question....so he has a bag strapped to his leg. He walks stiff-legged like he has a cast on. I told him he could bend his knee (a little anyway) and he pointed to the bag and said he "didn't want to break this"! So he is still walking around stiff-legged.
We didn't get home until almost 9 p.m., so it was one long, but good, day.
I want to record for posterity exactly what Daniel did eat once he was allowed to eat again. It was probably about 3 hours from the time that Daniel woke up until we were home again, and during that time he had:
- 2 sippy cups of Gator Ade
- 2 popsicles (one red, one orange)
- 2 sippy cups of Sprite
- 12 Chick Fil A nuggets (seriously)
- 1 medium order of CFA fries
- 1 small order of DQ fries
- 1/2 a sundae from DQ
Obviously, it takes quite a lot of fuel to keep this little ball-of-fire properly fueled!