Friday, November 30, 2007

Home Again!

DX came home from the hospital yesterday and all is going really well, so far.
He was a real trooper in the hospital. Less than 24 hours after his palate surgery, he was drinking and eating. When his sisters came for a visit, he played and laughed. He tolerates his arm restraints- although he knows how to get them off by himself already. I guess you just can't keep a good kid down!
Here we are hanging out in his room (we both had seen better days!):

Here he is with the teddy that his Nan brought him, and playing with Mom's hair clip (thank goodness for those things!):


And, here he is, at home, showing the dogs his fancy new arm 'bracelets':

So, overall, things are good. The palate surgery did not seem awfully hard on him- although he had some pain off and on, as expected. All we are using now is Tempra, when he seems to need it (not often).

The whole experience was not as big a deal as I had prepared myself for. Of course, the surgeon and his nurses were fabulous, so that helped. And I will admit that he has a "take whatever comes" type of personality, so that helps A LOT! But if anyone is considering adopting a child with a cleft issue and is worried about the surgeries that will be needed, I have to say that, for us, at least, it really wasn't that bad.

14 comments:

Beverly said...

He is adorable. Glad to see you both made it through the experience.

Beverly

Sherri & John said...

Glad both of you made it through ok. He's such a handsome little guy.

Doris & Dan said...

Good to hear! A real trooper.

Keep smilin!

Beeb said...

Glad you and the wee man are home safe and sound and that things are going well for him!

Tracey & Mike said...

So good to see DX home and doing great!

Doreen said...

That is great news! I just love it when you post new pictures, he is soooo cute.

wzgirl said...

Oh, wow. It must be so wonderful to have that behind you - love that your boy is getting into his "bracelets". Reminds me a bit of the "Frankenstein" sort of thing. Could be a fun reinactment?

Happy Post Thanksgivng, but still thankful, holiday.

Xo

Playful Platypus said...

Good for DX! I, too, found that the palate surgery was about 24 hours of discomfort followed by virtually no issues, other than the odd bit of painkiller - but Giggles didn't seem to need even that for more than about 2-3 days.

She was old enough (5 yrs) not to need to wear the arm restraints during the day, as she understood she wasn't to put her fingers in her mouth - and capably of complying. She wore them at night only because she was still thumb-sucking. But at the end of the 2nd week, I allowed her to keep them off at night "as long as she didn't suck her thumb" otherwise she'd need to put them on again. And that was the end of thumb-sucking at night for good!

Would DX be old enough to keep his hands out of his mouth during the day? You could try it and see, if he really objects to the restraints...

redmaryjanes said...

I am so glad to hear that things went well. This is the 3rd child I know of who has had cleft palat surgery over the past week or so. All of them seem to have done just fine.

Wendy said...

He looks wonderful.. so glade to hear it went well. Keep us posted..

Mommy-To-Channing said...

I love seeing pictures of DX!!! He looks great and also looks like he has grown so much since China!!! Mom looks great too!!

Anne Marie said...

OH...soooo glad it went so well. This kid is a character -- adorable! I bet he does some mischievous things that you can't help laugh at!

Laura Beth said...

What a cutie pie - looks like he is full of personality, too (love the hair clip pic)! Looking forward to updates!

Laura Beth
(from AdoptCleft board)

walternatives said...

Thanks for these photos - your little boy is darling. I'm so pleased that everything went well with the surgery and hope that his recovery was smooth...