|1 Day After Surgery|
Friday, November 21, 2014
Surgery was November 10th in Temple at the Children's Hospital. The surgeon, Dr Danny Little, was great! He went over everything with us during pre-op, was very open about what was going to happen and about how long it would take. Originally he stated that surgery would last about 30 minutes and Dylan would only be away from us about 45 minutes. We carried Dylan to the operating room doors and handed him off to the nurses...probably the single hardest thing I have ever done in my life! Surgery took a little longer than expected, it took about 1 hour 15 minutes. I was on pins and needles when the 30 minutes passed, then 45, then an hour! We heard the anesthesiologist coming down the hall and felt some relief. She was coming to tell us that the surgery went well and that they were going to be waking him up and moving him to AICU (Acute ICU) in a few minutes, but she wanted to tell us he was ok. The surgeon came in about 15 minutes later and told us that the cyst was attached differently than expected and that's why it took longer. Rather than having a single root that attached to his skull, he had a root system that spread along his skull & they have to scrap all that off, so it took longer. We went up and saw him in his little bed hooked up to everything and the AICU nurses said he had already eating 4 ounces! He was a hungry fella when he woke up. We were able to go home that day, and I stayed home with him the next day just to make sure he was back to normal. The follow up a week later went well & the biopsy came out great! He said from our initial appointment to surgery it grew from the size of a pea to a lima bean. That's kind of quick! The incision looks great, and scaring should be minimal.