Mason is back with me – hooray! The poor guy was in pain when they first brought him back but a dose of morphine helped him relax and now he’ll stick to tylenol for pain management most likely. He had a nasal cannula giving him a little oxygen until he calmed down, standard procedure after being on a trach tube during surgery. Now that’s gone because he actually pulled it off his face, which you can see in the picture below. I can’t say I blame him – he’s got wires, cords, and tubes all over and it’s got to be a bit annoying. He’ll start losing those over the next 24 hours as he finishes the IV antibiotics and so on. He already had the IV board removed so his arm isn’t stuck in one position.
I’ve only taken two pictures post-op to share right now. He’s asleep and I’m letting him get some rest. This first picture shows all the wires, tubes, and so on. If you look at his belly you’ll see the dressing where he had a small incision made. When they put the tube from the shunt valve down through his neck, chest, and body they do this little incision to make sure the tube ends up where they want it. It landed where it was supposed to on the first try.
Here is a picture of the back of his head. Detail is not great, but you can see the dressing over his head incision, which makes him look like he’s got a fairly big lump. Once the dressing is removed it won’t seem so big. You can also see that his hair was shaved on that side before surgery.