peanut boy

sorry i didn’t post this sooner, but here’s the latest with silas and his adventures at the hospital.

silas and i left for valley children’s hospital at about 5 am thursday morning. we were told to get there at 8 so they could do some paperwork, get his vital, and get everything prepped. when we got there they said, “why did they tell you so early? you’re surgery isn’t scheduled until 10, and we don’t need that much time.” so we spent about 2 hours in the waiting room, which was fine since it was really fun, with tricylces and cars to ride on and a fish tank, and balls and a basketball hoop. silas really was a blast during that time, even though he was really hungry, not having eaten since dinner the night before. at one point he saw someone’s bread crust in a trash can and dove in to get the scraps. it was so sad to see him hungry, but he was easily distracted. at 10 they took him and put him to sleep with a little mask. they said he was out within 15 seconds. then the surgery went really quickly, maybe 20 minutes until the surgeon came out to talk to me. he came out and showed me a picture of the peanut in his lung, and said, “i found where the peanut is.” and i said, “you mean ‘where the peanut was‘?”. he said no, where the peanut is, as in it was still in there! so they had to schedule for another surgeon to come and do a rigid bronchoscopy, rather than the first which was a flexible bronchoscopy.
at this point i still couldn’t go see silas because he was just waking up and they had to check all his vitals, etc. when i was able to see him he was hysterical, slightly drugged, and clearly starving. i couldn’t feed him because he was going to need another surgery, but they didn’t know how soon that would be, it was up to the next surgeon’s schedule. so i stood with him, rocking him and restarining him for a good hour or so, trying to calm him down. he still had his iv in and a heart rate monitor stuck to his toe, so we were fairly tangled in wires. praise the Lord, another surgeon was available soon, so they began to prep the room for the next surgery and get the meds and everything ready. he was so hysterical that they decided to put some drugs directly into his iv to help him get sleepy. they seemed to work a little, but then he’d be totally awake again. at one point i was rocking him against me and i felt something wet on my stomach. i looked down and had blood all over my shirt. he had pulled out his iv at some point through the struggles, which explained why the meds weren’t fully working. so at that point they had me walk him directly to the surgery room and pass him off to a nurse so they could put the mask on him again. this surgery was a bit scarier for me. they said if they couldn’t find the peanut they would have to wait a few days and try again, then maybe try again, and if after a few tries they couldn’t get it they’d have to open up his chest to get at it! umm, yeah, a little scary! after about 30 minutes the second surgeon came out to me and had a baggy with the peanut in it! i was so relieved. but then i still couldn’t go see him for another hour and a half past that. his oxygen levels were low and they had to give him a few breathing treatments, then just make sure he was stable after he woke up. i went into the recivery room and got to hold him and rock him for another hour or so while they continued to monitor him. he was exhausted and mostly just slept in my arms. i couldn’t nurse him for another hour until they were sure that he could breathe ok. then he nursed for about and hour and a half straight! well, pacified really, but he wasn’t crying at least.
it was so great to just snuggle with my boy and know that he was fine. but it was horrible and eye-opening to hear the moans and cries of so many other kids there that were hurting and in so much pain, kids that came without parents, but with social workers, kids that were all too familiar with the hospital, kids that had so much more going on than a tiny peanut in their throat. i was so thankful for the minor trauma that silas went through compared to all these other kids. finally, at about 5 o’clock, we were released from the hospital and drove to my brother’s house about 40 minutes away. i was exhausted and didn’t want to drive 2 1/2 hours home, and the hospital staff recommended staying closer in case of an emergency. once we got to my brother’s silas came back to life. it was the first time after the surgeries that he had smiled, which is so not like my boy. people always comment on how happy he is, and to see him sad was really hard. but, thankfully, he seems to be fully recovered, other than a little cold and cough.
thank you for your kind notes of concern and well wishes for silas. your prayers were very comforting!


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    Praise the Lord!! I’m so glad that he is ok. I can’t even imagine waiting like that…how scary to sit and wait, or knowing how starving he his and not being able to do anything.
    Glad you are all ok :)

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    Oh what a stressful and exhausting day you had!! :( So glad it turned out ok. But how good to realize that your situation was minor in comparison.

    I did some volunteer work in a children’s hospital when i was in college, and many days i thought my heart would break. The things some of those kids go through…it is just unreal. It sure teaches you to be grateful though, and you better believe i learned how to stop complaining so much, ha ha.

    Like i said, so glad your little one is ok. :)

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    Jacquelyn says:

    Yikes!!!!! Did the doctors say that was the end of it or will they have to keep an eye on things? Praise the Lord they were able to get it on the first attempt. Sorry it was such a miserable experience. I was praying for you on Thursday.

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    Penny Malley says:

    I’m so glad he’s ok. You are a brave mommy to do all that on your own. And this just confirms to me that we shouldn’t be in a rush to wean our babies! How comforting for Silas to have you all to himself for that time.

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    I’m glad he is feeling better! I bet you’ll keep that peanut forever :) I still have Sophia’s penny. haha

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    Stephanie says:

    Wow! What a draining day for everyone. Thank God everything went well and they were able to get it out. That must have been so scary for everyone!

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    summer... says:

    i am so glad he is okay! i am glad that you are doing good too. what an amazing answer to pray, completely showing how faithful God is to us! i am seriously so glad. love that little guy.

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    Jeannett Gibson says:

    Oh little Silas! So so so scary for your mama! And so sad for you. Thank God that you are fine and that it all went well. You silly boy, you chew those peanuts really good from now on!!!! :)

    Henry said that when he has his surgery, that you guys can compare “war stories” okay?

    Love you!!!

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    Carrie Haughey says:

    So glad he’s okay!

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    Kristen Borland says:

    wow! praise the Lord!

    i was just thinking thank goodness he’s not allergic to peanuts!

    what an ordeal! so glad it’s over.

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    What an ordeal for the two of you!!! I am so glad that he made it through so well. Tough little guy and really tough mommy.

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    oh, my goodness. wow! iam so glad that he’s doing well. i’m surprised that the xrays he was first given couldn’t find the peanut, but boy am i glad you had such good doctors taking care of silas. praise the lord!

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    Lisa Leonard says:

    insanity! so glad it is over!!

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    Oh poor baby! I am glad they got the peanut out but what a long long day.

    Silas looks so big and old in that first picture.

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