Today is Day 4 of recovery. If you’ve been following us on Facebook, you will know that it’s been a rough couple of days.
We got home on Wednesday just after 10 am and Braxton played for a little bit and then settled in next to momma on the couch for a nap. He was extremely sleepy most of the day, but he was also very restless. He would sleep for about 15-20 minutes at a time, wake up, try to get comfortable and then drift off to sleep again. Thankfully, he slept alright through the night only waking twice in pain.
Yesterday, I thought he was starting to look better. He ate a little bit of Yogurt and Applesauce which I’m sure helped his throat. He even played a little bit more than Wednesday, but he was still very sluggish and lethargic at times. I decided to stop giving him the narcotic the doctor gave us and just try to manage his pain with regular Tylenol and Ibuprofen. I felt like the narcotic was making him so sleepy even though he has had no issue with it when given after other surgeries. I didn’t see an immediate improvement, but I gave it some time to get out of his system completely. He had another good night Thursday and even slept late today!
While today has certainly been his best day, I’m still concerned about his low points. He will play and then just lay down wherever he is and try to fall asleep. I will move him next to me on the couch and he sleeps for a little while and then he wakes up like he doesn’t know where he is. He looks very out of it and hasn’t even had the narcotic in over 24 hours at this point. I have placed him on my chest and he will just sit there for quite some time without even falling asleep. Occasionally, he does sleep and I just hold him until he wakes up. I’ve never seen him like this.
Our ENT’s office called earlier today to check in on him and I told them that he seemed pretty lethargic and asked if it was out of the ordinary. The nurse didn’t seem to worry since he hasn’t had a fever and is having sufficient wet diapers. She also warned that days 5-7 are the worst for recovery as the surgery site begins to heal and scab over. So, it looks like we are in for a fun weekend. The nurse said it’s not uncommon for children to complain of ear pain, neck pain, and just generally feel uncomfortable. This is the point where it is frustrating for me to know that Braxton cannot express this pain and discomfort. He has been so sluggish and I am fearful of keeping him on the narcotic only to make him more tired and out of it. There are times when I can tell he is hurting by the face he makes so I give him extra cuddles and medicine if it’s time. So, I’m thankful to have *some* clue, but I really wish it wasn’t a guessing game and he could tell me exactly what is going on. Poor baby. 😦
This evening, Braxton is looking more like himself and playing and even laughing more which makes me very happy. Braxton ate 8 ounces of applesauce today…yayyy!! It’s so nice to see a smile on his handsome face again. I’m hoping the next few days won’t be so bad, but I’m preparing for the worst. This is definitely the toughest recovery period of all the surgeries he’s had. Even his hand surgery wasn’t this bad. Keep praying for my sweet boy.