Carter is recovering tonight in the PICU.
Mommy and Daddy came home to get some rest. That was a LONG nine hours...on all accounts!
Carter is doing OK. They tried extubating him while he was still in the OR to try and send him to the regular recovery area. He had a hard time, so they ended up reintubating him. I really wish that they would have never attempted it, but they were giving him the chance to have a shorter stay in the hospital.
Seeing him afterward was REALLY hard for us. We haven't seen him intubated since the end of August, and that seems like a lifetime ago. I know that he's hurting a lot, and he was crying so hard but no noise was coming out because of the breathing tube. If you look at the top picture you can see the stitches on his upper eyelid, and the two bruises on his forehead which made him look even more in need of some lovin'. I could tell by his facial expressions that he just wanted to be snuggled by Momma, but there was nothing I could do. I couldn't even hold his hand because there were IV's in both sides. They upped his pain medications and gave him some sedation, but when we had to leave (due to shift change) he was still pretty upset. All of these surgeries are painful on their own, and the thought of them all together gets a little overwhelming. We truly believe that doing them all together is still in the best interest of Carter.
We get a lot of questions asking when Carter gets to come home. This all depends on him. They discussed trying to extubate him tomorrow, but it will really depend on how swollen his airway is. On one hand I hope that they attempt it to get him home quicker, but on the other I know that the poor kid needs a break and needs time for that little body to heal. Thank you so much for all of the prayers and well wishes. We appreciate them more than you know!