Isaiah recovered quickly from surgery and we were able to come home late, last Saturday night. Isaiah did have a hard time recovering from the anesthesia and was on oxygen for the night. He kept having apneic episodes where he would stop breathing, then drop his oxygen levels and heart rate. We knew this would happen, so we were all prepared for it. Unfortunately, every time Isaiah has had surgery, he has been having a harder and harder time recovering. Hopefully, as he becomes older, he'll have an easier time with anesthesia. One of the anesthesiologists feels he may have a metabolic disorder that doesn't allow him to metabolize medications properly. However, there is no way to test for this, so we just have to be diligent in our observation of Isaiah.
Isaiah is pretty much back to his normal, busy little self, with the addition of a big bright orange full arm cast. He continues to use the right arm and fingers (except for the thumb) as if nothing happened. What he doesn't realize is that his cast is like a really hard weapon that hurts us when he hits with it. He thinks it's funny when we try to duck out of the line of fire;) We go back to Dr. Chang on April 30th for cast removal, x-rays, and a splint. We will have a better idea at that time how the new thumb is healing. It will take about 6-8 weeks for the new thumb to have any movement.
The upper endoscopy also went well. We received the results of the biopsies a few days ago. Other than a little abnormal inflammation in the stomach and the puckering of the pylorus, everything else appeared normal. The GI specialist feels that the food aversions and throwing up may be all behavioral. I am not fully convinced that that is all it is. Time will tell.
Before Isaiah's surgery, we went to have his hearing rechecked. Thankfully, since his ear surgery in December, his hearing has improved significantly. He had 40% hearing loss, but now is back in the normal range. We are just so thankful to God for restoring Isaiah's hearing.
Thank you again for all your prayers and support. We truly rely on the strength of God's people to carry us through. Thank you for the letters, emails, gas cards, cleaning our home, and for the dinners. Many of you have helped relieve alot of pressure off of me. We can't thank you enough for your kindness! "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing,”
I Thess. 5:11
Here are some before and after pictures that Dr. Chang sent us of Isaiah's hand surgery. It's quite amazing! Who would have thought you could make a thumb out of a finger?!?!?! "For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee," Isaiah 41:13.