Tuesday, March 3, 2009


After a restless sleep, we arrived at the hospital this morning at 7 am. Evan was admitted and we spent the majority of the morning talking to doctors, nurses and the anesthesiologist, having xrays done and watching the Disney channel (a rare treat for those of us with digital converter boxes and rabbit ears). At 1 pm, we went down to the PACU to prepare Evan for surgery. Once he had been given versed, he was taken back to the OR. He was out like a light in just 30 seconds!

The surgery lasted four hours. Richard and I spent the majority of the time in the waiting room with Tracey and her mom. We were so grateful for their company and the distraction! At 5:45, Dr. VanBosse joined us in the waiting room to report that the surgery was a success and that Evan had come through with flying colors. He was given a caudal block for pain and will be spending the night in the PICU to ensure that his pain management is closely monitored. He has been asleep for most of the evening, but every now and then he wakes up long enough to tell us that he feels great (I bet)!

He is in a petrie cast (long-leg casts with a stabilizing bar between) complete with cow print! His doctor certainly knows him well. We are not certain of his release date at this point, but believe that he will most likely be discharged on Saturday morning. We will spend the night in Philadelphia and then make the trek home on Sunday.
We extend our gratitude to all of you who have kept Evan and our family in your thoughts and prayers. We appreciate each and every one of you!


Charity Brown said...

Evan is such a trooper! That boy has been through so much at such a young age! I am so glad to hear his surgery went so well! His cow cast is super cute! When did they do that? Before you got to see him?

Jen said...

Oh I'm so glad to hear he came through ok! You all have been in my thoughts & prayers today! Tell Evan he has the coolest casts I have ever seen (and I've had 12 surgeries myself lol). Still praying for a super speedy & pain free recovery ;o)

Stacey Kirchner said...

Okay, it's just so wrong to see a little one lying in a hospital bed, with a nasal canula, a BP cuff on his arm, IV out of his arm, and casts on his legs! Poor little guy. I'm glad the surgery went well and that he's being such a trooper. What a sweet boy. I love the cow casts!

Kirsten and Jon said...

Valerie a friend who used to be in your ward told me about your blogs. I've spent the last few days at nap time completely consumed with reading each and every post. It give me hope that when we are ready to adopt we can do it. I feel like I know you, just by reading about so many of your roller coaster rides. You have such a beautiful family.

mom 2 many said...

I LOVE his casts! Glad all went well. I hope his recovery is going well. Update when you can!!

mom of 2 with AMC!!

Ross said...

I LOVE the cast! I actually think I may want one for special occasions... So did they let him out this morning as originally planned? Heading home tomorrow? Give me a call when you get a chance. If you don't, your butt will dial my number eventually ;)