Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Jasper's surgery took place right on schedule at 7:00am this morning. The surgery itself took only 20 minutes, and the doctor met with us to tell us how successful it was shortly after. After that we hit a bump in the road that I'm glad I only knew about after the fact.

Apparently red heads are particularly different when it comes to narcotics and anesthesia. They are either very sensitive or very resistant to it in most cases. In Jasper's case, he was very sensitive, so when he came out of surgery, he wasn't breathing on his own (his whole body decided to relax, including his respiratory system). The nurses had to administer a reversal medication called Narcan to get him back on track, which happened quickly. So about 20-25 minutes after talking to the doctor, we got to go back and see him. He was sleepy and just wanted to snuggle, which we did for the next two hours with an IV still in his foot so they could monitor his stats and make sure he was still doing well. We didn't have anymore problems and got to go home around 10:00 this morning.

Since then he's had a long nap, he's eaten and he's played as usual. Aside from being a little bit of a grump-pot (which is completely warranted under the circumstances), everything is pretty normal around here.

Thank you everyone for your prayers and support. We had people visit us at the surgery center, text, call and comment like crazy, and bring by offerings in the form of Starbucks and dinner for our family. God has shown me what loyal, wonderful friends our family has, especially in our church, and what the body of Christ is supposed to look like. So thank you all again for rising to the occasion and showering us with love. It eased our stress and fears and brought the comfort of the Lord in physical, tangible form.

Here are some pictures of our morning (especially for family and friends who live far away):

In the waiting room (gotta have our cars).

Getting ready for surgery.

Playing silly games while we wait.

Blissfully unaware after getting the nasal spray (um...could we get some of that stuff for home life with our three year old, too? hehe).

The doctor's initials on the left eye. I'm SOOO glad they do this!

Talking it out after surgery. One of my best friends, Terri, made a surprise visit that I was so thankful for. Our children's minister also came and prayed over us. We have a wonderful church family who has taken such good care of us through all of this. We felt so loved today.

Snuggling for a couple of hours after surgery while waiting to go home.


Megan said...

sooooo glad it went well. How nervous you must have felt before the surgery trying to hold it together for him. And those sweet snuggles afterward. That makes my heart melt--there is nothing like the bond we have with our babies.

Emily said...

I'm so glad everything went well. We thought about you guys and prayed for you all morning. More to come that the recovery is smooth and quick.

Kristi said...

sweet boy! I'm so glad all went well. I'm glad they were able to react quickly to the way Jasper's body reacted to anesthesia. I pray he continues to heal and rest well! Talk to you soon!

Betsy@Living in the Moment said...

Sweet baby. THAT was the minor complication you talked about? You are one brave Mommy. So glad things went well. See you soon