Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Nathaniel's Very Eventful Day

I chronicled the events of today with photos so I could share them with family and friends. Before I begin, however, I want to thank everyone for their prayers and concern for us. Nathaniel came through everything with flying colors, and is adjusting as well as can be expected to his immobility. A really cool thing that happened at the hospital that was definitely a "God thing" was that our anesthesiologist was a gentleman from our church...when he walked into the room our minds were instantly at ease--and he even prayed with us! God is good! Here's Nathaniel's Very Eventful Day in pictures:

This is the before shot as we arrived at the hospital at 6:30 a.m. I got a good, hearty "Cheese!" out of our unsuspecting patient for this photo!

Big brother "Benjamin Fisher" (as he told everyone who asked him his name) was pretty well behaved at the hospital. He even got to have a bagel in the cafeteria with Daddy, and took his own waiting room photos which will be on a future post!

They gave Nathaniel some sort of drug to sedate him a bit so that he wouldn't remember too much about being taken into the OR and be traumatized later. We couldn't help but laugh at how loopy he got!

Check out those droopy eye lids and the drug-induced grin! He went away with the nurses with not even a backwards glance after having this drug in his system for a few minutes!

Here's our boy after his procedure. He ended up not getting an IV because they couldn't get one in, so he was given gas instead of anesthetic drugs. This allowed him to "come to" much faster and we much preferred it! Thank you Lord!

Here's another side view of the cast. The poor guy wanted "out" and when he realized we couldn't take him out, he cried. Other than that, he was a real trooper!

Ready to go home! We actually were able to get him into his car seat and even got a grin from him again...not the hearty "Cheese!" like the "before" pix, but a grin nonetheless!

Here we are back at home with a tired and grumpy patient! The bean bag chair works well to prop him up, but he gets tired of not being able to move. Right before this photo he had chucked some matchbox cars across the room...his arms are all he can move!

Benjamin tried to console his brother by joining him on the floor, but a few minutes after this it was nap time for both of them. I think we were all exhausted from Nathaniel's Very Eventful Day!


stephanie garcia said...

This looks all too familiar! So glad Nathaniel came through with flying colors. We're praying for you.

Jenny said...

This brought back memories for me of our daughter's many surgeries. I'm so glad that everything went well and he was able to smile afterwards too! We'll be remembering him in our prayers this week - I can't imagine how frustrating it would be for a toddler not to be able to toddle! Hopefully he likes videos and stories!

Kathy S said...

Didn't one of your sister's boys have a full body cast? Thinking of you....

Stephanie said...

Oh! Poor little guy. It's so sad to see him in a full body cast like that.

How is he doing?