He woke up with a mouth full of blood and a clot at about 6:20 yesterday morning. Sadly, I was at work, so it was an hour before we got to the ER (he had stopped bleeding by then) and we sat in the ER for about 5 hours.
They then wisked him up to peri-op and 5 mins later was in surgery. That lasted only 20 minutes (he had some slight bleeding on the left side, so they re-cauterized – somehow, they irritated his tongue and it’s still swollen on one side). He also wasn’t asleep when the took him back this time so neither of us was very happy about that, and he apprently woke up while they were putting the breathing tube in, because he remembers it, remembers it making it hard for him to breathe and remembers them telling him to relax and go back to sleep!). It was about an hour later that they called me back to sit in recovery with him. They did put us in a room (because they sometimes keep the kids overnight when there’s been bleeding) but the doc came up around 5, checked his throat and said we could go home if we wanted. Jacob just wanted food. The nurses put in a food order for him, but didn’t think he’d get it since he’d technically been discharged (even though he still had his IV in at 6 pm). So, I ran down to the McDonald’s (in the hospital atrium) and not 10 seconds after I walked in teh room with that, the food he ordered came up from the hospital! He inhaled it. Even the nurse was astounded at how quickly he ate (he hadn’t eaten in nearly 24 hours by that point).
We got home about 8 last night and pretty much BOTH crashed on the couches in the living room.
There’s a 4% chance of post surgical bleeding (when the scabs fall off) 1-2 days after surgery and then again 7-10. He was at 8 days. So, now, the clock starts all over again. Thankfully, however, recovery is easier on the child this time around.
Pictures to follow (once I download from the camera)