Monday, October 19, 2015

Tonsils Part II

Today is day 6 following Matthew's tonsillectomy and adenoid removal surgery. 

Here's an update. . .

We skipped breakfast and headed out to the surgery center early Wednesday morning.

We waited patiently to get checked in.

We got matching bracelets at check-in.  Last time that happened was when Matthew was born!

Yay, bracelets!

They also gave us a pager that would let us know when it was our turn to head to the staging area for surgery.

Soon it was our turn and we headed back to get a new outfit.

He looks good.  I told him he looked like a doctor.  

Still smiling!  Watching cartoons while waiting to be brought back for surgery.

Soon we parted ways.  I had to return to the waiting room where I called Brian to give him an update. 

And then I headed to the gift shop to buy Matthew some balloons.  

About 1/2 hour later the pager went off and I saw the surgeon who said Matthew had done great!  A few minutes later it went off again and I got to see him in recovery. 

Poor buddy was a bit sad while trying to wake up.  I held him in the rocker until he felt a bit better.  Pretty soon he wanted to go home and see Daddy.

We made it home where Brian picked him up out of the car and placed him on the couch for his first of many bowls of ice cream.

This week Matthew has spent a lot of time on the couch. 

We set him up with a little bell to ding when he needs something.

He dings it a lot - but Grace does too!

Chocolate ice cream and his buddy make him happy.

His other favorite soft food is macaroni and cheese. 

A typical lunch this week:  Apple juice, mac n cheese and a pudding cup.

He has been doing really well.  The difference between his breathing at night before and after surgery is amazing.  He has been handling the pain well and he's on an antibiotic to avoid infection.  

He has a post-op checkup with the surgeon on Thursday morning.  :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Matthew's Surgery

Matthew sailed through his pre-op appointment yesterday.  

We are all stocked up on ice cream, pudding and Carnation instant breakfasts. 

Tonsils Be Gone!  

Surgery Wed morning at 8:15am. 

Will let you know!

Friday, October 2, 2015

We're Back!

We've been MIA for quite awhile - working on a few new projects and generally so very, very busy with everything.  

We, unfortunately, had to say goodbye to our super smart, cute and cuddly Lincoln.  

I am just now able to look at these pictures without crying and missing him like crazy.  

This was the day we said goodbye.

We had him for almost 3 months and in that time Matthew started having trouble breathing at night.  It was to the point of sleep apnea even which is very frightening.  Brian and I started getting little sleep because we had Matthew in our room and we spent lots of time just making sure he was breathing. 

Three trips to the doctor, 10 days of a hard antibiotic and a recommended surgery lead us to make a decision to remove the one thing that changed in his environment before the onset of symptoms.  

We returned Lincoln to the adoption house we had got him from and he spent a few days with a foster family before being adopted by another family.  

That same day we washed all the bedding at the laundry mat and cleaned the house from top to bottom.  That night Matthew's breathing improved by about 90% and has since gotten better and better - no more episodes of sleep apnea although he occasionally snores a bit still.  

He may still, at some point, need surgery, but not now and even though we miss Lincoln, we're so happy to have Matthew breathing easy.

In other news . . . 

We've been shopping - which is not at all unusual.  

But who we saw . . .

And how we did it . . . 

was a little unique.

We got a selfie stick

And took a whole family picture.

Gracie napped

Matthew did school 

And we prepared for the coming winter.  


And a whole bunch of other things.