Saturday, December 16, 2006

Yesterday they took out all of Jaden's chest tubes, his pacer wires and one of his RA lines. It took a little while to get all of that out and Jaden was not happy. One of the chest tubes was extra difficult as the skin had grown over the stitch that held it the skin. We had to cut the skin a little bit in order to get at the stitch.

Now we are watching his fluid out put and his eating. (No Sara, he does not have a feeding tube). He still is retaining fluids and his face is still somewhat swollen. He is much happier now that the chest tubes are out and he has eaten a little better and played a little bit.

I bought him an elmo balloon yesterday and he keeps giggling at it and wants to put it in his mouth which of course is impossible. He has been licking it some which is second best to getting it in the mouth.

They have mentioned we can leave with in the next day depending on his fluid, eating and how chest x-rays look. I am of course anxious to go home but am nervous as this has gone so quick. He just had surgery on Monday and they already are ready to have him go home. When he is ready to go home I will know.

Below is a slide show from his pre op x-ray from last Friday, the pre op waiting room and the family waiting room on Monday to yesterday. Some of the pictures may be hard to look at.


Kristin said...

WOW! I can't believe they are already talking about letting him come home!

The slide show is great... I teared up seeing all the tubes being removed.

What a trooper that little guy is!

Waiting patiently (okay maybe not so much - lol) and prayerfully (definitely!) for the next update.

Love ya!

Karen said...

I agree with Kristin - can't believe that they're talking about sending him home already!! WOW is right! But what a fighter he is. He looks good, despite all the tubes and machines, and we're so thankful that he is able to get rid of so much of that.

Give him hugs from us - we send our love to all of you!!

Sam & Karen

Steph and Mitch T said...

Whahoo!!! How will this change your Christmas plans now??? =)

I know this is hard for you, but you are the BEST mom ever, so you are going to do just great taking care of Jaden at home. Now is not the time to be doubting that--you have proved to all of us over and over again how great you are at knowing and doing what's best for him!!

I'm so thankful to God for the answered prayers.

Now where in the world is that super cute matching outfit you guys have??? Hmmm.... *wink wink*

Krista said...

What a little angelic smile he has! He looks great and ready to go home.

Merry Christmas to all of you and what a blessing you have recieved.

Team Bentson

Stacy said...

WOW!!! He looks great! You and Sal are great parents and take such good care of all of your kids. You and Jaden will be just fine when you go home.
He is an amazing little boy with a lot of fight in him. He wants to get home so he can be with all of his family for Christmas!!
Take care!
Luv, Stacy

Sara Wester said...

What excellent news- I'm so glad Jaden is recovering so quickly! I'll continue to pray for Jaden and your family in the days ahead.

Myrna Rettegi said...

Dear Stephanie and all,

I had a great prayer time this morning after church.
I thought of the baby Jesus and wondered how he
actually looked and wondered if his smile was like
Jaydens. I thanked God that he gave his Son to be
born as a Baby so vulnerable for all who are His chosen
to save us from our sins. To thank Him for the miracle
of Jaden and how Jaden has touched so many lives.

We prayed that Jaden will have a beautiful life to bring
much glory to God. And we prayed in God's will that
this would be so.

All my love, Myrna