Monday, October 25, 2010

Long Awaited Updates

So Liam did have his second surgery. It was scheduled for October 14th. We went in to the hospital in the morning and his surgery was just before noon. The surgeon told us the week before that the procedure would probably be 3 hours long due to scar tissue. However, instead of coming out to update us halfway through, the surgeon came out after less than 2 hours and informed us he was done. The surgery ended up being much less complicated. So the hospital didn't even send us to a unit. The surgeon had Liam stay in the post-op unit for observation. We were discharged Friday morning and were home by 9 AM.

So far Liam has been mostly okay recovering. His eating habits are still poor, but better than before the surgery. His sleep habits however are terrible. Ever since the second surgery he has been waking several times at night, but going back to sleep after 5 or 10 minutes. Then he usually wakes up for the day around 6 AM. And this is after going to bed around 8:30 or 9. He also is not napping like he used to. We are lucky if he takes even 1 nap, and any naps he does take usually only last an hour at most. He used to take 2 naps a day for at least an hour each.

His energy level is also through the roof. Just the past week or so, he has been running around, throwing toys, starting to climb on things, and running himself and us ragged. He even makes himself short of breath sometimes from all the activity. I guess this is a good thing though; certainly better than being tired and cranky all day.

One minor issue, the site where the drain was at the hospital has not healed yet. It had started to heal a few days after we left the hospital, but with all his movement, the steri strips covering his surgery site interfered. So we did take him in to see his pediatrician, who recommended trying to keep it covered if we could (which we can't because Liam continues to pull anything we put there off), and if we have more concerns to go back to the surgeon. We will see. For now his neck does look nasty, but he isn't scratching at the site, and he isn't bleeding. We are hopeful it will resolve itself soon.