Zachary James

Zachary James

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Owee, Ouch and Oh Brother...

Wow, it's been a long time since I have had time to do an update and I do apologize for those of you who check back often, I know you are probably just dying to see the progress of the last surgery!  I will give you a quick re-cap of what we have experienced since returning to Arizona.

  • Week 1 - Zac seemed to have the sniffles.  Nothing serious, just not himself.  This round we definitely heard A LOT more "owee...ouch....Mama, hurts..."  Nearly broke my heart on several occasions.  And looking at the raw stitches...ouch...
  • Week 2 - NIGHT TERRORS!!  Just when I think I've experience just about every after effect of surgery...then came the sleepless nights.  Evidently, post-anesthesia can bring on night terrors...?  Zac started waking up about an hour after I put him to sleep, screaming...I would go in, pull him out of bed, rock him and then lay him back down only to experience the same thing within a half an hour to an hour.  This went on ALL NIGHT folks...seriously.  For about 4 nights.  It was worse than having a new born and I don't even know how on earth I made it through an entire day at work after such a series of sleepless nights.  Then we figured out that Zac was actually sleeping through these 'nightmares'.  I read up on night terrors and all advice pointed to letting the sleeper basically work through their terror.  Make sure they are in a safe environment, the article said (crib...check)  and don't wake them.  The night terrors started to trickle off...not sure if it was on their own or from the dietary supplement that I started giving to Zac....  That was rough...
  • Week 3 - Zac gets an amazing gift from some incredible people.  A beautiful quilt handmade with love by the Daisy Mountain Quilters!  It is beautiful and he loves it!!  Thank you so much!!!!!
  • Later Week 3 - Anticipating getting Zac's stitches out and decide to go ahead and use anesthesia because of the amount of stitches...which is well...a whole lot this time...  Zac starts crying in the middle of the night.  Rounding the corner of his room, I smell puke...oh yeay...hope it didn't hit the quilt...LOL (and it didn't, amazing really..).  Had to reschedule the removal of his stitches due to a stomach virus but at least no one else got it (well...yet anyway) and we were able to stop wrapping him in the dreaded ACE wrap that he has to wear for 3 weeks post-op.  That is NOT fun in the AZ heat.  Zac is now requesting 'cream' daily.  Mama...cream...he says and lifts his shirt.  For any of you mom's that have tried everything to stop itching and exema and help with healing and scarring....I am going to talk about this cream later.  It is amazing but I don't want to ruin the flow of this story ;)
  • Last Monday, we were able to have Zac's stitches taken out at Phoenix Children's Hospital by Dr. Harper Price and RN Kellie Badger.  Although the day was long for Zac because he couldn't eat essentially all day because of the anesthesia - he fell asleep in my arms shortly before going in to have the stitches taken out.  As I mentioned before.  Due to the amount of stitches he had, we agreed that it would reduce the stress on Zac if he was put under before taking the stitches out.  It went very smoothly.  When we got home though....that boy was an eating machine!!  He ate a half-turkey sandwich, a few pieces of watermelon, fish crackers, a whole PBJ sandwich and an hour later asked for Spaghetti-O's with meatballs!!  

So there is a complete recap...more or less...I probably even saved some grueling details by waiting so long to do a post. haha.  Here are the latest results.  For all my fellow moms....I want you to know that I purposely waited a while to post 'after' pictures.  Fresh stitching is never fun for anyone to look at and this time it was a little much for even me.  God is Great!  He gave us Dr. B!  And a whole lot of people who love us.  And can still purchase a cookbook to support Zac!  What a great father's day gift that would be!!  Some of my hubby's best recipes are in there.