We were at the hospital bright and early at 6am and they took him back for surgery at about 7:30. I cried when I handed him over... and I HATE to cry in front of people. The staff were wonderful and very reassuring. They also didn't make me feel like a blubbering idiot for crying. One of the nurses has an asthmatic child and said she completely understood where I was coming from. There were several staff who were involved with our first attempt at surgery and remembered our little Levi. They said that this time he did so wonderfully and you would never have known that he responded so poorly the last time. The anesthesiologist was excellent. It actually ended up being another anesthesiologist from our first one, however, I am thankful we had him. I found out after the procedure that he is adopted too :-) I love it when I hear other people's adoption stories!
The surgeon was happy with how the surgery itself went. His right hand was the easiest and it went fabulously and his left hand went very well too. They didn't even have to take skin grafts from other parts of his body. We now have to leave his huge casts on both arms for 3 weeks. The casts are so big because babies are notorious for wiggling out of casts and if you lock their arms at 90 degree angles it decreases the likelihood of getting out of them. Well, wouldn't you know that our squirmy little guy managed to wiggle out of his first set of casts after only 48 hours! We had to run to the ER on Saturday when we noticed that we could see his elbow and his hand was soon to come out. The hospital staff (at the local hospital I work at) were wonderful. I think Levi just wanted to meet a friend of our family, Michele, who happened to be our nurse in the ER. Thanks Michele! I have no idea how long this next set will last us, but I am super paranoid about it now. I even drew on his arm with a marker to see where they started at on his arms to better judge if they are slipping off. Yes, I drew on my child...
I want to say a BIG "Thank You!" to everyone who has supported us throughout this entire ordeal. We have had so many people faithfully praying for Levi and our family. Since we have been home we have also had several meals brought to us by our amazing Church Family. We are truly blessed! Thank you just doesn't seem to adequately convey our gratitude.
I will keep you updated on his recovery and any future Houdini-like escapes from the casts.