Benjamin went down to the operating room yesterday, hopefully for the last time, to repair his inguinal hernia. I am beginning to think that surgeons have no imagination, because every time we speak to them after an operation they always say “It was worse/bigger/more complicated than we thought” This again was the case as they had to fix both sides and of course it was all bigger than they thought. That said, they were able to fix everything and patch him up.
Because it was an involved operation, they ended up giving him general anesthesia and putting him back on the ventilator for the surgery. By a few hours after returning to his pod (a different pod than the other day – they moved us again) he was awake, extubated, and breathing on his own. He has a couple of small incisions but hopefully not much worse for wear.
He was not happy though – he was grumpy he hadn’t eaten and was obviously in some pain. Nothing a little baby-morphine(tm) didn’t fix. Today he is back on full feeds and on the mend.
Now the only thing standing between him and h-o-m-e is finishing his anti-fungals, passing his car seat test, and avoiding infections.
Also – our little monster is now 9 pounds and 13 ounces and 20 inches long. At this rate he will be 300 pounds by Christmas.