We awoke at 3:30am Good Friday morning to make the trek to Forth Worth for Jake's VNS surgery.
Jake was a trooper to say the least!
The kid did not mind one bit, the pokes, the tests, and all the doctors and nurses running in and out of our room.
At about 7:30 the neurosurgeon came in for our last minute consult. After he answered all of our questions,he had one for us.
He asked "Can I pray with you now?"
I was blown away, to say the least.
At this moment all my anxieties and fears were lifted.
I have not felt that much peace in a long while.
Dr. Honeycut, then left and our wait began.
He had another surgery before Jake's. So we waited while nurses and anesthesiologist continued to add drugs to his iv. Finally, the moment came. We were forced to say goodbye to our little champ. We kissed, hugged and kissed him some more as the nurse rolled him away from us.
We waited for what felt like forever for them to tell us Jake was ok.
The doctor finally emerged a couple hours later with the wonderful news that all is well and we will just have to wait a short time to go see Jake.
More waiting...and we finally got back to see our hero.
He lifted his head once and said mommy and then drifted back to sleep.
we waited, encouraged him to awake, and waited some more.
We were told we could take him home when he was awake and that should be about 30 minutes to a hour.
We have now waited almost 2 hours and he still wouldn't awaken or stay awake. A couple times I thought surely he was back with us only to find myself grabbing bags so he could throw up.
We were finally able to arouse him awake several hours later, however he was not himself.
Jake would not smile, move, talk, or show any emotion.
This continued for a couple hours before we had 2 anesthesiologist over us, informing us this is not normal and we may need to stay the night.
In true Jake form, Jake showed those dr.s he was not staying another night. After some teasing from Granny, Jake was awake and doing well. We finally got to go home!
We are at home now, 4 days after the surgery and things are really going well.
Jake is a drunken soldier, as he was on much Valium at the hospital and we started a new AED on Friday, BUT the seizures have seemed to really decrease!
His mind appears to be really clear and his thinking skills are amazing!
I pray that this is just the start of something good and new.
What better of a weekend to celebrate new beginnings for Jake!
He has Risen indeed!
"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me."-- Matthew 28: 6-10 KJV
"The great gift of Easter is hope - Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake."-- Basil C. Hume
God Bless~ Christine
(the incision and a "bump" where the device was implanted)