That being said- the recovery from the anesthesia was rough. Rush slept on and off for about 12 hours, but he was not happy. It was so hard to see him so uncomfortable and out of it. We kept the pain meds going but it was really the discomfort of the anesthesia that was the hardest at first.
We arrived at the hospital at around 7:30 and got him all checked in. Despite not being able to eat much during the night he was in a good mood. We distracted him by playing and he really didn’t fuss. I had been very worried about him having to fast, but it ended up being no big deal.
They took Rush back and sent us to the waiting room. It really didn’t take long. We waited there for under an hour before the doctor came back to let us know how things had gone. I felt calm during the entire surgery and I’m thankful for that. The report came back great and they took us back to the recovery room.
It was strange to see our little guy laying flat on the bed asleep, in a hospital gown and hooked up to a bunch of monitors. I guess it’s because he is always swaddled when he sleeps, but he definitely looked bigger and different laying flat on his back with his arms all sprawled out. We stayed with him in the recovery room for probably 45 minutes while he kind of woke up and they monitored him. We found out from the nurse that he had stopped breathing for a few seconds between the OR and recovery. Thankfully, it wasn’t long and he was fine, but apparently it was a bit of a panic while it happened. I’m glad I wasn’t there for that part!
Our full lip/nose surgery is scheduled for August 3 and while I’m not looking forward to it, I am. The cleft journey certainly won’t be over, but we’ll be a huge step closer. Thanks for all of your love and prayers and support. We feel them and we’re so thankful to have so many people cheering us on. We’re excited and anxious for the coming week. Thanks for caring and coming along for the ride!