The Boy Who Bounces Back

Yesterday, Jax had surgery. We knew it was a complex procedure, but we weren’t really prepared for what came next…

Before surgery
Happy Jax before surgery

Daddy and Jax before surgery

After 4 hours of surgery, the doctor came and gave us report: “This was not the easiest job I’ve ever done. I had to do a skin graft.  Jax has 1000 tiny, internal stitches.”

Our jaws hit the floor. 1000 stitches?

And then he said “Well, I lost count at 1000, so it’s probably more like 1500.”

Holy shit.

Calm Jax after surgery

We were hoping the surgeon would be able to repair Jax’s complex hypospadias with one surgery. And so was the surgeon! However, once he opened Jax up, he realized how severe his condition was. Unfortunately, this 4 hour surgery was only Phase 1. The good thing is that he laid strong ground work for Phase 2 and (probably) Phase 3.

Jax’s next surgery will be in about 10 months.

Good thing our little buddy is the toughest dude I’ve ever met! He did not cry or whine from the pain. Instead, he sang songs to his nurses and cried when they left the room. He had a smile for every new person he met (are you surprised?). He was crawling around his crib like a mad-man, which was a real problem with the IV after a while. As usual, he kept me on my toes.

He was up all night “partying.” He was hepped up on so many drugs, he didn’t know what to do. Plus, every time he did fall asleep, his nurse was due to check his vitals or the incision site. Mama is tired…Jax is tired.

But, we’re home!

Jax has a long recovery ahead of him. We are staying on top of the pain with a regular schedule of pain medication. Jax seems to be comfortable now, but the surgeon warned us that the pain could creep up on him in the next few days. We can break out the “big guns” (oxycodone) if necessary, but we are hoping it does not get to that point.  We will be keeping a close eye on him and will go back to see the surgeon for a follow-up appointment in 13 days.

Thanks for all of your prayers, positive thoughts, and support! We really have an amazing “family” and we are so thankful for you.

Now, I’m going to take a nap!

Author: Andrea M

Oh man, what an adventure! I went into labor unexpectedly when I was 23w3d pregnant. Jaxson was born weighing 1 lb 8 oz. A tiny little peanut, but boy was he feisty. He still is! We love it now, but we probably won't when he is a teenager. I write about our journey and all other things that come with it, including a brain tumor. We look forward to "meeting" you - come hang out with us...we're pretty cool.

13 thoughts on “The Boy Who Bounces Back”

  1. Wishing lovely Jax a speedy recovery and lost of peace and love for him & his tough parents. We think of you a lot in San Diego, little Jax, not so little anymore and we send you many hugs Andi!


  2. I am amazed every time I see pics of him. He looks as though he is not going through anything. I send prayers daily for Jax. I am glad things did go well but will keep prayers that miracle will come along and he will find that he does not need any more because things miraculously have healed. Prayers for the parents, family of Jax to give them strength to take care of things and stay strong for anything that comes their way.


  3. Baby Jax, you have been given a very special ability and that is to face all that is ahead of you. I thank God, as so many do, for making Baby Jax the positive little guy that he is. How could he not be with such an amazing family and with the “Angels” he has with him every inch of the way.
    God bless you all and thank God for prayers answered.


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