Thursday, March 12, 2009

One surgery down!

Well, for those of you who haven;t been checking Dave's Twitter updates today, here's the big update.  Alex had his first cataract surgery this morning.  He was scheduled for 9:15 but didn't end up going back until 10 am or so.  He was a total trooper - even with nothing to eat for almost 16 hours at that point.  Dave went with Alex into the OR and Alex was anesthetized in Daddy's arms.  All the procedures were done after Alex was asleep.  We were totally impressed with how child oriented the staff was throughout the process. (I know that seems obvious for a children's hospital but it was still impressive).

The surgeon came to speak with us a little after noon.  Alex did very well and now has an IOL (intra-ocular lens) implanted in his left eye.  The surgeon also checked the right eye and noted that the cataract seems to be slowly progressing there so that surgery may not be far off.

Alex was sleeping hard when we finally got to go back to the recovery room around 1.  We left the hospital around 2 and Alex was still groggy and wobbly but happy to be with his parents (and his stuffed bear and hippo, who also apparently had a little work done in the OR.  When we arrived in the recovery room, both were seated on the end of Alex's bed wearing their won hospital bracelets and gauze/tape over their left eyes. :) )

It is now early evening and Alex is pretty much our Alex again.  He is full of energy and only mildly wobbly moving around.  He has also been eating and drinking non stop since we got back - so much for the nausea they said he might have!

Tomorrow we see the surgeon to have the bandages removed.  We'll then be heading home.  So far, Alex is pretty much leaving the eye shield alone - it doesn't seem to bother him much.

As always, we are thankful for everyone's prayers and positive thoughts.  Alex came through like a trooper!

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