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