Thursday, August 31, 2006

Seeing Red

Well, Jim's surgery went GREAT! He went into surgery around 7:45 a.m. and was finished by 9:45. We were able to go back and see him around 10 a.m. I wasn't aware that bypass patients aren't able to breath on their own for about 4-6 hours because they are kept asleep until then. We were only able to visit him every 2 hours and for only 20 minutes (plus we could only go 2 at a time). However, the first two visits were uneventful. He was still asleep from the anesthesia and on a breathing tube. But by 4, he was awake and talking to us. He even said he felt better already! He was joking with us and being ornery. When Mom told him she could only visit every 2 hours and that she could only stay for 20 minutes, he said, "Well, I'll have to do something about that!" She smiled thinking that was sweet...until he finished the sentence and said, "I'll make sure they change it to every 6 hours!" We all just cracked up! The long recovery time is going to bother him, so hopefully he's patient and rests as much as possible. But, he did great and all is well. They did leave the aneurysm, however they said it shouldn't be a problem since they basically routed around it.
Well, Kylie has gotten a second red note in two weeks! I know this is a stretch for her to remain in a structured environment for 1/2 a day, but she really needs to get used to it now before kindergarten. I called her teacher and we had a pleasant conversation, so hopefully we can work together to help Kylie mind!

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