Jaden just got his chest tubes taken out. That is great for many reasons. The first is they were so painful for Jaden and it was hurting his back and sholder really bad. The second is that means if all goes well today we can go home tomorrow. That would be really nice so Jaden can be comfortable in his own environment. Pulling the tubes out was extremely painful for him. Dr. Bryant, his surgeon, pulled them out personally. I asked the nurse if he did that often and she said sometimes but not a whole lot. So Jaden really got Dr. Bryant wrapped around his finger. As soon as Dr. Bryant pulled the tubes out he said "I need to leave the room for a moment." Jaden had been given morphine but it is so painful that it didn't really help. Jaden was being held down by me, his nurse, a Family Life Specialist, and another a Fellow (almost Dr.). He was screaming at the top of his lungs and you could just see the pain in his eyes and face. Sal would have probably passed out if he had been in here. Dr. Bryant felt so bad. He has so much compassion and love for children it is just strange to see because most surgeons are not this way.
As soon as the tubes were out and the openings were tied shut, Jaden was fine. He even smiled at Dr. Bryant a few minutes later when Dr. Bryant stuck his head in the door and asked Jaden if he was mad at him. Dr. Bryant came in and got Jaden's nose and Jaden poked at him like he did at the pre-op physical when we first met him.
Anyway, so everything looks good at this point and hopefully it continues to go smoothly. I am definitly not in a hurry to get out of here because I want to make sure everything is fine before we go home and find out that there are problems and have to come right back. I will let you know what the Dr.s say later on today.