The last time I did a full post Alvin was in ICU and I was updating facebook/twitter with updates and pictures as I could.
Alvin met his neuro surgeon around 8am Saturday morning in the ICU. She took a look at him and his overnight stats and said it was time he be moved out of ICU and down to the surgical unit. She wanted to try and get a CT scan of his head but was unsure if it was going to be able to happen on a weekend.
|Sleeping in the ICU|
|Wanting to sit up and play a little on the tablet in the ICU|
|In the surgical unit. He was just happy to be allowed to sit up in a chair.|
|Good view of his incision|
|First look at his incision after being unhooked for a little while.|
|PLay room with puzzles and cars|
|Playing Mickey Mouse Club House games on the public computer in the playroom.|
|Leaving the hospital. As he says every time he leaves "Bye children friends"|
The first stop before home though was to the mall. Since his incision was so big and nasty looking we wanted to get him a new hat. So in the Mariner's store he picked out a new hat that he could wear to school. After the Mariner's store we headed over to the Disney store. Seriously I was completely fine with him getting a new car after all he went through.
At home the kids rested and soon Alvin was asking to go play in the sun. We agreed and headed to a small park. The entire time there we were watching him like a hawk but from his actions you could never have known what he just went though. That night though we shaved his head. It was just easier to keep the entire area clean with everything shaved off. He hated it but like a good dad W shaved his too and that seemed to make him feel a little better.
|New hair cut|
The rest of the week was back to normal. Monday he went to school and had no issues. We went outside to parks during the week and he acted fine while I watched him like a hawk to be sure he didn't do anything too bad. All week we kept a careful watch on his incision and did our best to too it clean and dry at all times. He kept asking to go to gymnastics but wasn't able to due to needing to wait a week.
|Playing at home as normal.|
|5 days post surgery.|
|Swinging at the park|
The other big question is since the pressures in his brain have gone down have we seen anything different. The answer is yes and no. Overall he is still the same kid. He has his social awkwardness and most everything else. The only thing we have seen a slight improvement in is his speech. He is slowly starting to speak a little more clearly and string a few more words together. We are of course thrilled with the progress but are cautiously optomistic as to what else could happen during his recovery period.
So that's about it for now. I'll try and do another post next week after he goes back to gymnastics. Hoping things go well there and I know he will be absolutely thrilled to get back to his favorite activity.