Super Dude is the bravest little dude I know. He had surgery this week to repair an abdominal muscle, to have ear tubes inserted, and to have a bronchoscopy and laryngoscopy. 2 days later, he was discharged from the hospital because he was doing so well! We've been delaying this surgery because we were terrified. After everything SD has been through, we did not want to see him in any more pain. When he was an infant, he didn't understand what was going on, but this time, it was different.
When SD was an infant, Dr. H repaired his diaphragm by taking several layers of the abdominal wall and creating a diaphragm (remember, he was born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia). Over time, the abdomen began to really poke out and we thought he had a hernia in the weakened muscle. Well, it turns out that the muscle had become paralyzed, not herniated. Dr. H, the pediatric surgeon who has done all of SD's other surgeries, performed this repair, which lasted just over 2 hours. The care we received, once again, at this amazing Children's Hospital was the best.
Thank you to our family, friends and strangers who supported us during this. I can't believe how many people love our dude and it's very touching. Who knew that someone so small can have such a large impact?