The past three days (while truly eventful) really do not make for an interesting post. We took Geo to the hospital Friday morning to check him in for his surgery. He was last in line because they go by critical status and age. Geo was not a life-threatening or critical case…and the three five year olds in front of him got top billing. He was cool with that. That gave him more time to watch ESPN and to flirt with the college girl who was interning. Once again…he was cool with that.
Surgery started sometime around 3:00 PM and was over before 5:00 PM. The procedure he has done is called a Helley myotomy. In addition to that…he also had a partial fundoplication done. All of this was done to correct what is known as esophageal achalasia. There are a few ten dollar words to make this post something special…eh? I will be totally honest and confess that I had never heard of any of this stuff until a couple of months ago. Since then I have read every single article that Google pulled up. I learned as much about the condition and the procedures as I could. That isn’t always a good thing…especially for a parent. Even though I was well assured that this is a fairly simple (and common) procedure…my mind invariable returned to the exceptions. Every possible complication ran through my mind. Even though 1 in 100,000 people suffer from this condition…it was difficult not to imagine that all of those tests had somehow missed something and that Geo had some obscure disease that modern medical science has yet to identify. Even thought this procedure has been successfully performed for literally one hundred years…I still couldn’t shake the thought that something horrific might happen. I know…I’m silly.
The good thing is that everything went EXACTLY like the doctor (a wonderful woman named Dr. Walsh) said it would. Geo is at home today and outside of the small holes punched in his abdomen and the slight pain he has in his stomach and arm (a side effect of the anesthesia)…he is doing fine. He is eating like Dr. Walsh told him to and is keeping the food down. I truly thank God and the wonderful folks at Vidant Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital. They rocked it. They also have the coolest room of any hospital I have ever been in. I mean…PS3 in the room? Killer.
Even though they will most likely never read this I want to thank all of those who helped out with Chris and Jamie. Robin and I both wanted to be with Geo this weekend and we could not have done it without the loving assistance of: Rose Hill (Robin’s Mom), Brittani Johnson (SCC representing), and Julie Carter (Robin’s sister). Thanks for helping is take care of our family this weekend.
I also want to thank ALL of you who prayed for Geo. I know my friends on Facebook and CGR lifted him up. I know that BOTH of my church families (Stoneybrook Christian and Granville Center Church of Christ) were praying for him. So…this thanks goes out to all of you. We appreciate it.
Totally unrelated and LESS serious…my Tar Heels won again this weekend. Great game against NCSU. I can’t wait for basketball season to kick off this Friday. Also…my Cowboys pulled it out at the end too. All of you hating on Romo…see…he can win a game.
Ya’ll have a good day. Tomorrow I hope to share some thoughts on a couple of passages that I have been reading today.