Monday, August 4, 2008

Surgery for Bens

My sweet little Benson had his procedure done today. All went well. He was starving and nervous while we waited. He relaxed a little when the PA came out and started talking to him about going with her to pick out a balloon and eat a popcicle. After a little convicing, he decided that sounded like fun so he took her hand and walked out of the room with her. It was a different experience to watch my child 'walk' away from us to the OR instead of pushed away in a crib. I'm not really sure if he ever got the popcicle or if it's just a way to get him back there...I hope he did. Anyway, it took about an hour, the doctor came out and said 'it' (that's what we'll call it) was farther up than originally anticipated and he thought he might have to do a more serious proecdure to bring it all the way down (involving cutting veins and yadda yadda--my first thought was, OH PLEASE NO!), but he was able to bring it down far enough to keep it safely functioning. It is still not all the way down where it should be, but good enough. I was SOO grateful that it did not require all that. And the hernia was 'rather large' as well. It was strange to see Bensons name on my hospital band this time.
He woke up from anesthesia very angry. He was kicking and screaming and he wasn't sure what the heck was going on. It was sad.. They gave him something to calm him down and we got to come home. What a LONG day it's been! He threw up twice and was soo miserable and complained all day that it hurt. They told us he'd probably sleep most of the day and he slept for like 10 minutes. The rest of the time he whimpered and sobbed. He's been so cuddly and just wants to be held. He kept saying, Benson can't walk Mommy..his anesthesia hadn't quite worn off. (He always talks in third person) He did get really excited over some spiderman fruit snacks that his best friend Ethan brought him to make him feel better... so cute.
It's nice that it's over with. Hopefully the incision will heal ok and we have no further problems with 'it'. :) He isn't supposed to do any 'significant physical activities' like swimming, riding bike, or playing at the park for a month... that should be fun to try and get a two year old to not do all his favorite things..:)

Trying to keep him occupied and happy before suregery...He put on the yellow hospital socks but refused to take his clothes off and put on the gown...


17 comments:

The Silly Nilly Family said...

O, he's so sweet. I am so glad to hear the surgery went well. I'm sorry he had to experience so much pain. I don't know how you do it. You are the best.
By the way the new picture of Bella is absolutly beautiful. I love it. Love you tons. jen

AL and ALI said...

oh, what a day! im glad this one is over with.

Anonymous said...

Jojo says....Since he cant play maybe frostbyte may work...

pole sana for bens but atakuwa sawa sawa....

shuta

Dana said...

I am so happy to hear that all went well with Benson's surgery. I was thinking about you all day.

The photo of Bela on the top of your blog is beautiful - what a sweet angel she is.

Love you guys.

Sally said...

Oh Bens! I am glad that it is done and I hope it heals well. Can I bring you dinner? What night is good? Who did the pic of Bela Boo at the top...so cute!

Erin said...

I thought of you guys yesterday and hoped that everything went well. Porr little guy...sure hope "it" heals quickly and he can get back to normal. He is just like the rest of the family...a trooper!!! I will stop by soon and bring him something special for all his bravery!!!! Take care and hang in there. That picture of Bela is amazing and is perfect for your header...I really love it!

S & K said...

I'm so glad everything went well!! Ethan seriously asked all day if Benson made it home yet. I love that they seriously love each other, since Benson is the person E talks about non-stop I know they do. We'll have to come by soon and check up on him---more so E can see actual proof that his buddy is o.k. Let me know if I can do anything. And good luck with the keeping a 2 year old calm and quiet! ;) Also love the pics. I checked them out on Rachel's blog and they are TOTALLY adorable!!! CUTE CUTE FAMILY!!!

The Joslyn Family said...

Poor Benson...and you guys. I'm sure that was such a hard day to watch your little guy go through all that. I'm glad the surgery went well. I hope his recovery is well and I hope you guys can have some calmer days in the future. You guys are amazing!

Cason and Marie said...

Hi Avery!! This is Marie-Cason's wife. Cason and I look at your blog daily and wanted you guys to know that we think about you often. What an amazing family! Especially you! What a beautiful little Bela girl you have! Everytime I see pictures of her I grin because she is a miracle from heaven! Darling header! Glad that everything went well with Benson. Keep in touch!

ashley said...

can't believe that came and went already, glad they were able to take care of things and hope that he heals alright. that is going to be rough to keep him mellow for a month. hope he wakes up happy tomorrow!

and cutest header, love it!

ashley said...

can't believe that came and went already, glad they were able to take care of things and hope that he heals alright. that is going to be rough to keep him mellow for a month. hope he wakes up happy tomorrow!

and cutest header, love it!

Simmons Family: said...

First off...LOVE the photographs you had done... I visited the link on the right and saw them all. I might have to book a family shoot now!!

Poor Ben... he'd better have gotten his popscicle!!! I hope he feels better tomorrow and recovers quickly!!

Andrea

Lindsay Brummer said...

i'm so glad to hear that things are done with and he's recovering. we've been meaning to call and check but jeff's recovery has been harder than we anticipated (ouch)!! we'll get in touch soon.

Branton Family said...

I am so happy that went well. You are quite the mom, you know that! Bela is adorable, love the header. Take care of yourself. . .thinking of you always. Amy

Amber said...

I LOVE your new header picture....that is completely beautiful!!!

Carol Fighr said...

Ave... Graça came to my house today and saw some pictures of Bela for the first time. She loved her! she cried... it was so nice to see her that happy!
She felt bad because there is not much she can do to help you or Bela, so she said she is going to pray even more so God can cure Bela's little heart!!!
She said "the Lord made Bela's heart like it is, so He is The One who can fix it".
Graça is so loving...
She asked me to tell you that she keeps your and Bela in her prayers and thoughts, and that she REALLY loves you and all your family!
She didn't know your parents were moving to Brazil again, so when I told her that she almost "died"...
Well, that's it!
I really love you and your family too!!!! SAUDADES!!!!
Abraços,
Carol

tcandland said...

hey avery, it was good to see you on sunday- it still makes me sad to know we aren't in the ward anymore. I hope Benson recovers quickly!