Whew. We got home Thursday night, and I have been so busy I completely forgot to update here. Just checked my email and Jennifer reminded we left a lot of people hanging...thanks Jennifer.
Surgery went very well.....only one minor issue...Bryan contracted THE FLU on the day of his surgery...we did not find out until Tuesday. He was more lethargic than he should have been and because of this they ran some tests and discovered the flu. Although he had a few days where I was very worried about him, he is doing great now.
We didn't do much for his bday yesterday, we still have an ice cream cake in the freezer...but we have had a great weekend of resting, watching cartoons and root beer floats. Bryan still wears down pretty easily, but right now his Grandpa is pushing him around the house in his new coupe car that we got him for his birthday and he is loving it!
Brandi will come back to Houston tomorrow to pick him up, then back here in 2 weeks for a follow up, then a month later for a CT scan. They went ahead and gave him a CT scan before left the hospital, as he was vomiting and they didn't know whether it was the shunt or the flu. The CT looked great...it was the flu.
You can already tell the shunt has made a difference. Bryan doesn't get tired of holding his head up for long periods, and his fontanel, which was bulging so much you could see his hair pulse with each heartbeat before surgery, is now soft and sunken like it should be. The veins around his forehead which were very prominent before are now much less so.
Bryan has 2 stitches in his stomach area and from my estimates about 7 in his head behind his ear. (Dr. Dauser said "a stitch or two"...so I was taken back a little when they changed his bandage to a clear one.) The shunt was hardly visible the first day, but as the swelling has gone down you can clearly see the valve behind his ear, and because his chest is so small you can see the tube under his skin on his chest cavity which runs down to his perinatal cavity. Once his hair grows back, it won't be noticeable on his head unless you know he has had the surgery.
Thank you to everyone for all your prayers, and for your patience waiting on my updates. Hopefully it is all downhill from here out. :0)