I think the surprising thing for folks is how quickly they seem to 'return to normal' as far as bouncing back after surgery. Here it is in pictures...
Before surgery he had to wait like four hours before he was called in, to roll down the hall to his cotton candy flavored anesthesia...he was literally bouncing off the walls! No ADHD meds combined w/anxiety set this kid in overdrive!
He finally stopped his giggles and got a little irritable with lack of drink/food. He announced to everyone that passed his room, "I'm starving!!!" One lady walked in about to make sure he had all that he needed (to be nice) and he asked if she had food or could she get him some...when she said pleasantly said, "No, I can't offer you food, drink or a way out, sorry!" he decided to say in the nicest way possible, "Take a hike!" (I am not kidding) Luckily she thought it was funny and gave him a little stuffed animal and she did just that.
For those on Facebook, I mentioned a blood disease. In our family, we have a strong presence of something called Angioedema. It doesn't affect me or my personal family (that we know of) since usually the kids will show signs/symptoms by Kindergarten. But to be on the safe side, we wanted to go ahead and check Gage. His surgeon offered to check while he prepped him for surgery after sedation so I said "Great". This way we'll know for sure. This can be a very dangerous, even fatal disease. Not for the blood disorder itself, but the symptoms! Males can usually take an oral/daily steroid to ward of these unpredictable swellings. Those affected can have almost any part of the body swell w/very little (if any) warning, this includes the throat and organs, hands, digestive tract, anything. My sister has it (bad) and sees a specialist in B'ham for her condition and is followed closely. Her daughter is about to have her blood tested for the condition so this is why I thought of having him checked. We'll find out when we see our doc Tues. for post op (he also gets activated that day).
As you can see, very early the next morning, he's playing, waiting on his turn to be released. The resident who changed out his bandage noted what a great speech reader he was. We got home about noon yesterday and he's still needing stronger meds than the average ibuprofen that he normally takes. I think now that he's older, more aware of pain, etc. he's requiring a little something stronger.
Today we shall begin school work (spread throughout the day, not to overwhelm) We may begin with a couple of worksheets (simple) and do something fun like make his environmental poster for keeping our county clean & healthy for Science.
(to be continued)