Saturday, November 5, 2011

November 5th, 2011

Carver had another fabulous day. He acts like his ear is still sore - I'm sure it is. There is still blood draining from the ear. It's not much, but it is definitely still draining - bright red. The small pink raised bump is still on his forehead. I sure wish I knew what it was.

Big brother, Hayden got a new pair of Batman PJ's. They were too long, so I cut the bottom of them. Carver got the excess fabric that I cut from the bottom of Hayden's PJ's....

November 4th, 2011

Carver had a great day. No fever and he is acting like he never even had surgery. He still has blood draining from his ear. It's not too bad, but we're still keeping a cotton ball in his ear to catch it so it doesn't get all over the place.

He has had a strange pink spot on his forehead since he came from the hospital. I'm not sure what it is. It' a small raised bump about the size of a nickle. I've put lotions and hydrocortizone on it, but it doesn't seem to want to go away. I'm wondering if it is an allergic reaction to the tie that was used on his original gauze wrap. His skin is so sensitive. His incision looks really good. He has little to no swelling. He slept really good last night - thank God. We really needed sleep after the first night.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Halloween 2011

This year, Kinnick and Carver were little black Lab puppies for Halloween. Kinnick talked and talked about how she was going to "trick or treat", but then was too afraid to go to the doors. Maybe she'll be more interested next year.

Carver's pre-school had a parade to show off all of the kid's costumes. Carver got to ride in the wagon. Our neighbor's son attends the same school, so she snapped a picture of Carver and sent it to me. He was so stinkin cute!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

November 3rd, 2011 - Day 1 after Surgery

Carver had a good day. He only required one dose of regular Tylenol. He played and ate today.

Around 5:00pm, Carver started running a low grade 100.4 fever. He also started gagging again this evening. We gave him a suppository to help his digestive track move. This seemed to help. The gagging went away and he had a couple of small stools.

We took the bandages off today. The incision is smaller this time, but thicker. Everything looks good. I don't even see much swelling this time. The bleeding continues from the ear. He has soaked a couple of cotton balls today. We've been taping cotton balls in his ear to catch any blood.

Carver's incision....

November 2nd, 2011 - Right Cochlear Implant

The day has FINALLY come - after waiting nearly an entire year. Carver had surgery this morning to re-implant his right cochlear implant. They started the surgery at 9:10am and didn't finish until almost noon. He was really sleepy and therefore was requiring lots of oxygen. He's never been this sleepy after a surgery. He was still sleeping at 3:30pm, but they went ahead and released us. They knew we had oxygen and monitors at home.

Once we got home, Carver continued to sleep until 6:00pm. We finally put his left cochlear implant on, and he woke up ready to play. Blood soaked through the white gauze bandage. I was concerned, so I called the Doctor around 9:30pm. The Doctor wasn't concerned. He said this is common with revisions. I guess they bleed more. Carver got tired quickly, so we put him to bed.

Carver slept until around 1:00am and then started gagging and desatting. I had to vent his stomach. His digestive track was still sleepy and his tummy was filling with gas. I ended up having to vent his stomach a couple of times an hour the rest of the night. Not such a fun night. I gave him two doses of Tylenol with codeine throughout the night.

Carver anxiously waiting for surgery.

Carver shortly after surgery. Ready to go home.