Everything went fine with the cleft repair. The doctors told
us it would be around 2-3 hours of op-time but it actually took
around 5 hours. We were not really surprised by this. The surgeons
were nice enough to call us half way through the operation to let
us know that everything was going fine but due to the size of the
cleft it was going to take more time than expected. The surgery
started at 11:30 and finished at 4:30. Aiden has been handling things
as good as he can. He came out of the operating room half asleep
and laid still for quite a while. He snored for the first time ever
(one of the benefits of not having a palate), Jill and I were practically
in tears. Now he can take Snore-Stop like the rest of us.
Aiden quickly awakened when they began to move his crib up to the
overnight rooms. He stood up and started screaming, Jill had to
carry him all the way up. After that it was pretty much a long scream
session until they got his pain medication flowing. Aiden has the
lung capacity of a nuclear submarine and can scream already but
this was screaming like I had never heard. It was very unnerving.
Fortunately he responded well to the medication and television,
but poor Jill was forced to watch the wiggles over, and over, and
over like a thousand million times last night. I think she is going
to need psycotherapy (not just from living with me). Not to mention
the nurses coming in every few hours to take Aiden's vitals. Jill
eventually told them to go away, I didn't witness this but experience
tells me that they didn't come back.
Today Aiden is making an amazing recovery, he is walking around
the house, playing with toys, and even starting to make new sounds
that we have not heard yet. We deffinately have a stong boy on our
hands. Thanks everyone for the kind thoughts and prayers!