Friday, July 23, 2010

Surgery, and home again

We arrived at OU Children's Hospital at 8: 30 Am on Wednesday. The Daddy held his baby boy until  it was time for me to go with Daniel to the OR for his anesthesia

God is so good and we had a great time, if that's not  a weird way to decribe brain surgery! Daniel did so well all the way thought; his surgery took less time  than we were told it would, he recovered easily and discharge was a speedy 24 hours after surgery! The OU Children's Hospital staff were so wonderful to us and we had so many opportunities to talk about GOD and HIS LOVE, God and His calling of adoption on our family, adoption adoption adoption to so many people , God's love for ALL OF US and HIS PLAN FOR ADOPTION THROUGH HIS SON JESUS,  and how much we love Daniel. I can think of at least a dozen people who would not have been exposed to a large family adoption special needs children, or adoping in general  if not for Daniel! We had nurses and trnasporters , CT scan techs and admission staff asking so many questions which almost all started with "Did you KNOW he was 'that way'  when you adopted him?" Our answer of "yes we met him a year + beforewe were able to bring him home" was a great conversation opener and let people know we'd answer any questions they had.

EXCEPT that Daniel does not have , and we hope he never develops, an infection, these poster photos show how a shunt is inserted, and where. Our major differences are  that Daniel's shunt was done much higher up on his head (think the hands of a clock and go to about 2:00 from the hole in picture #2) and Daniel does not have all that brain material

Daniel has a two inch incision on his tummy right next to his belly button where the shunt was threaded in and up to his brain.

Here we are  in the Pre-op holding area right before they took Daniel to the OR.  They let me go along, I held his gas mask until he fell asleep. Then about 1 3/4 hours later we were backtogether in the REcovery Room
In Recovery Daniel was resting verycomfortably .

Tah-DAH!!!!!!!!!! Thursday afternoon , ready to be discharged s soon as the IV  comes out

Does this baby look like he just had brain surgery the day before??!!! Thanks Dr Mapstone!


Dawn - "Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

So glad things went well. he looks like he recovered quickly! Praise God! What a great witness that ALL LIFE is precious- ALL CHILDREN need families....amazing witness to Who God is :)

Mama D.'s Dozen said...


Praising Jesus for a quick recovery, and for the opportunity you had to witness to so many.

:) :) :)

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...



I love you and praising God for how well the surgery went!


Autumn Mist said...

This is fantastic news, I'm so glad he's doing well. What a wonderful opportunity to witness to the love of Jesus. The picture of 'adoption' is perfect, isn't it?

Kat said...

I've been waiting to hear!!! So glad surgery went well...what a precious boy!!!!

Autumn said...

He is so precious!!! So Happy this surgery is behind you and Daniel!!!!
He needed a forever family so badly-and I'm so happy that it's ya'll!!!

jalynne said...

I am so thankful for his ease in all of this! Praise God!

Ranee said...

I'm so glad it went well AND that you were able to touch people with adoption!!!!!