Saturday, June 11, 2011

Surgery

What a full week. And somehow nearly three weeks has passed since I posted last. For shame.

Calvin had his surgery this past Wednesday. We decided to drive up Tuesday night so he could have a good night of sleep before arriving at the hospital at 6 a.m. For the first time ever, he was the first surgery. It was quick and went well. The doctor explained that tubes were his best option and that hearing aids would be the other option. That was more direct and blunt than we had ever discussed before. We are praying and trusting that these will work and hopefully they will stay in longer than the last couple of times.

This time, Calvin was more upset coming out of surgery. They waited to bring us back until he was awake but it really scared him and it was hard to calm him - I was nearly in tears myself. He calmed down more when I climbed into the hospital bed and held him. My poor little guy. He also had more pain this time with his left ear especially - thankfully after a few doses of pain medication, it seemed to mostly resolve.

I'm always uptight about surgery but he was a champ. Here's a picture of him after the gave him some medicine to relax him before surgery - yeah, he was relaxed...and funny!


So thankful to have this behind us! We are hopeful that speech will improve and that he won't continue struggling with hearing. I know it frustrates him.

4 comments:

liz nelson said...

what a trooper.:) we'll be praying that the tubes do the trick. love this guy.

stephanie said...

You should let Calvin know that Aunt Stephanie can definitely empathize with him! Ear surgery is a little scary as a kid...

Karon and John said...

I am so glad he is Ok. We just scheduled Isaac's ENT pre-op visit for Wendesday. His tubes only seem to last 7-10 months. How does he do with a hearing test after the tubes are in? Is it comon for cleft kids to be considered for hearing aids if the tubes won't stay in?

Brooke said...

I have climbed in many hospital beds! :) You do what you have to, eh? Praying that the tubes stay and resolve the hearing loss!!!!!