Three hours behind schedule, the VP shunt surgery is finally finished. Finn has a valve implanted about an inch behind his little perfect ear and an incision next to his belly button where they redirected the brain fluid to his abdomen. It’ll take a few days to get him off pain meds and get to know the un-sedated Finn, but we’re on the road to recovery. The swelling in his head has even begun to slightly subside. He is breathing on his own and recovering like a champ. The neurosurgeon came to our room to give report and even brought us a bit of black “peach fuzz” from his head where they had to shave it. I think (hope) he’ll have black hair like daddy.
Seeing his shunt incision in the recovery room made this all very real. This was not a surgery to repair skin. This was major. Finn now has a permanent synthetic apparatus in his body. This is life-long. Mighty Finn reassured me everything will be okay though, as he squeezed my finger and wouldn’t let go. Melted my heart.
I am discharged tonight and we’ll begin visiting Finn throughout the days. Not sure when they’ll let him come home with us. Cannot wait.
THANK YOU for your prayers. We felt them. Please continue as Finn begins to heal.