Kyle's NICU Story in Pictures

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Surgery went great!

We are home... they are all asleep.  Sometimes I feel so accomplished, grateful, satisfied... not sure the word... when the day is over - all 3 boys are safely in bed and the day has turned out good.  :)  Kyle did great today!  One of our dear friends and one of our favorite babysitter's too spent the night to watch the boys this am and Nonna came down to go with us!  and our aunt and one of our cousins had come to sit with us and even brought donuts!!  We left at 5:30 am and kyle thought that was the best thing ever.  Being drug out of bed in the dark to play with mom AND go Bye Bye!  what could be better!  he was in the best mood - didn't even think about the fact that he could not eat!  ...... until we hit traffic and he caught a glimpse of the diaper bag... it started to get ugly - but luckily he was distracted with my iphone and the rest of the morning went well.  long story but we have gotten to know the CEO of the CMHH and he knew kyle was having surgery so he was there this am to greet kyle and introduce us to all the amazing operating room directors - everyone was great.  We met with the team of surgeons and nurses and anesthesia team - ALL AMAZING!  they took him back about 9 am and he was done by 11 am.

Just as the waives of nerves and nausea were setting in for me - in walked some of our friends we met during kyle's stay in the NICU.  This couple had a 23 weeker in the NICU as well - I speak of them often in my blog - their son's name is Matthew.  He passed away in December of 07.  I couldn't believe they were there!  and they brought cup cakes - darn amazing cupcakes too!  so we were well fed and honestly - sounds strange to say - but we had the best conversation.  They spent the whole 2 hours keeping my mind busy - I am so grateful for that!  grateful when I think about how hard it is for me to be in that building, the Hermann tower, that elevator - how much more they must hurt and still put aside their hurt to be there for us....
I learn so stinking much every day lately.   So many of kyle's nurses, NNPs, and docs came to see him and us today.  Let me stress and say or shout or jump up and down... I LOVE this hospital and their staff.  they truly are a hand picked team of amazing, gifted, loving and brilliant people!  I am overwhelmed so frequently of how much people have done for us and our family.  how much people love and give and how that changes and affects - every time.  like scripture says - truth.  Love doesn't fail.

Before I knew it the 2 hours had gone by and kyle was great!

now let's define great... :)  I was soooo relieved when the surgeon came out and said how great it went!  I was so glad to have the hurdle behind us!  It felt like a finish line to me!  a finish line of Kyle's acute medical preemie-ness.  if that makes any sense.

of course kyle will still be followed by high risk and neurology but for the right now stuff we are looking at - this was it!  we are free to focus on therapy and life!!

so anyway - back to kyle being great - so I was releived but the look on that sweet little buddy's face when I got to him was a drunken... "HELP ME!" he was sooo sad.  he just sank into my arms and went right to sleep.  He is still (at 9:23 pm) VERY groggy - he has taken bottles and some cheerios - he has given some half grins when you tickle his little hand but other than that he is asleep or really groggy and fussy.  He screams when he has to tee tee!  all mom's of boys who have gotten circumcisions remember that!  and he is pretty fussy when he is awake - but right now he is asleep!  and healthy!  recovering!  and well!

I am so grateful for everyone praying!  please keep asking God to help him recover quickly.

I came home to another one with vomiting and headache!  and the other one with a fingernail falling off from a door slamming injury!   sounds like a house of 3 boys huh?

off to be early - I think the emotionally being worn out is catching up to the regular mom  physical worn out!  but I couldn't be happier!

kyle transferring funds on the iphone just before surgery! j/k.

kyle after surgery.  so sweet.


Natalie said...

Hi Kelly! I'm SO happy to hear that all went well today. I've been praying and thinking about you guys all day and was so glad to see this update before I logged off for the night.

Thank you so much for keeping us posted and know that I will absolutely continue praying for Kyle and his recovery.

Many hugs to your family!


Tabaitha Kaye said...

I'm so glad the surgery went well along with the recovery. That was so thoughtful of Matthew's parents to take your minds off of things and feed your stomachs and your hearts!

langhofflove said...

Praise the Lord! So glad you had time to update us on your busy life. We will continue to pray for Kyle and what a blessing it is to have such dear friends with you - time flies when you're having fun :-) Brian and I are just in awe of how wonderful the Lord is - bringing Kyle from a sweet little infant lying there helplessly, to a "funds transferring, iphone going" growing boy! He has stolen our hearts!

Kelly said...

I'm glad that surgery went well!

Anonymous said...

So glad to see this news and we'll continue to pray for Kyle, and your family of course. May God continue to bless you all! You have wonderful friends and family there for you, makes my heart happy to hear what they all did yesterday....well, throughout this last year. Thanks for sharing the pictures...awesome! Makes me think of Haden! Love ya, Kathy

Debbie Keil said...

I join you guys in praise and thanks to our heavenly Father for all He has done, through a surgeon's hand, through compassion of doctor's, nurses, family and friends...all the numerous ways His glory is being displayed. I am praying that as this surgery comes to an end and complete recovery follows, that it leads to the beginning of loads of healing in so many ways for all of you. Thank you for persevering in your faith, running this race to win... truly you have "appeared as lights in the world". Phil.2:15-16 May you enjoy the Lord today! I love you all!

Candice said...

So glad to hear the surgery went well. We are right behind you... next week! I too feel like this will hopefully somehow end the sickly micro-preemie phase even though we are still on O2 and will have to be careful for the next year. I can handle that! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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