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Friday, July 10, 2009

Up and at 'em

Hank is awake and just finished breast feeding.  His voice is hoarse from being intubated during the operation, but he is vocalizing as he usually does.  He is no longer connected to the IV drip, and Meade is holding him free of any sort of monitoring equipment.  We are managing his pain through children's tylenol only, although we have morphine standing by if needed.  

He had an X-ray earlier this evening that showed the position of the shunt.  It truly does reach into the very center of his head.  The valve sits under his scalp, and the drainage tubing traces down his neck before looping three times within his abdominal region.  He will have a fast MRI tomorrow to set a baseline for the size of his ventricles.  

We expect to be discharged from the hospital tomorrow afternoon after a final consultation with his surgeon.


4 comments:

TheJerkMan said...

Great to hear!!!

Angela said...

what a tough guy! I'm so glad to hear the surgery went smoothly.
Love to all of you...

Elaine said...

Bill and I are thinking of you and your little sweetheart. Thank you so much for welcoming us into your home, for the delicious breakfast and for introducing us to Hank. When he's back home and stabilized, we'd like to plan brunch at Misericordia and you can meet Yanni. xoxo Elaine

Will said...

I'm glad the surgery went smoothly. I hope the recovery is quick and just as uneventful!

Miss you both. Can't wait to see you.

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