I'm going to just paste the e-mail I sent out to family and friends here for the update. It's been a long, but good day everything considered. He's sleeping now, and hopefully will for the rest of the night.
I just wanted to update you all on Lucas. He had his surgery today at Boston Children's. He received his Cochlear Implant in his right ear! He got lucky and was the first surgery of the day. He was a trooper when they took him out back, although I'll admit that I got a little teary! The surgery was estimated to take 3-4 hours, and it ended up being 3 1/2 hours from the time he left to go back until they called us and said he was finished!
Lucas did great! He handled the anesthesia well, and the surgery itself went exactly as planned. Coming out of anesthesia he was pretty out of it. His poor little voice was pretty hoarse from the breathing tube he had while he was under. He was pretty disoriented and in some pain for a little while.
Some apple juice, and eventually falling asleep on my legs eventually settled him down. He slept fitfully for about 3 hours until he finally got enough pain meds to sleep comfortably, and then he slept for another couple of hours. Right before my Dad, Crystal, Josh, Jill and Madelyn headed home Lucas woke up and we saw his happy little personality start to shine through. He went for a couple walks and got to go check out the cool fish tank downstairs for a little while. He's finally sleeping, hopefully for the night! He's been such a little trooper. I'm so proud of my little guy.
As long as he does well throughout the night, and everything looks good in the morning, we should be going home around 11 tomorrow. They'll take his giant bandage off, and he'll be good to go. I admit, I wouldn't mind if he could keep that nice protective bandage on, considering how much this kid likes to climb!
The next step is activation of the implant! We will be coming back to Boston on July 7th and he will receive the external processor and they will "turn on" his sound! They give him about three weeks for the incision site to heal first. They will start out slow with the amount of sound they give him so they don't overwhelm him. Even though he's had sound through his hearing aids, it will be different through the implant, and will take some getting used to. I have a feeling he's going to take to it quickly though, the boy loves to listen!
Thank you all SO SO SO much for all of your support, well wishes, prayers and love. We really couldn't do it without you all, and knowing that we had all of you thinking of him today made it that much easier to get through.
I've included the link to the album of pictures from today.
- This is a facebook album, but I made it public so everyone should be able to see it. Let me know if you can't!