Lack of sleep and the uncertainty of the hospital schedule is really throwing Oscar for a loop. His free flowing tears and argumentative tone had most people assuming he was in serious pain, but the real challenge was the sleep deprivation combined with uncertainty around medications, the constant flow of doctors and nurses, and a … Continue reading Ups and Downs
Oscar started the day heavy-lidded and drowsy from the medicines. He was slurring his words yet still insisting he wasn't tired by repeating, "I'm awake" anytime we commented on his sleepy state. Around lunchtime they lowered one of his medications to lessen the sedation and the difference was amazing. He opened his eyes, initiated lots … Continue reading A Day of Progress!
All went beautifully in surgery! Our trio of doctors kept us updated on Oscar throughout and sent pictures of his corrected spine once finished. They were quite pleased and optimistic --Oscar's curve was surprisingly "flexible" which allowed them to correct his rotation as well as his curve. As we expected, they purposely left him with … Continue reading Out of Surgery and Resting
Oscar's last words as he wheeled off into surgery at 8am this morning were Go A's! (And then he added "I'll be ok Mom!") The anesthesia had started to kick in - his eyes were wide and woozy and we were feeding him fun phrases to repeat, but the little message to me was all … Continue reading In Surgery
Three weeks ago it was Oscar who was struggling with anxiety around the surgery. He was full of questions from breakfast till bedtime. "I'm worried it will hurt." "How long will I be in the hospital?" "Who's coming to visit me?" "When can I eat again?" "And the worry that lasted one entire week: "What … Continue reading oh the anxiety