Today has gone very, very well. Much better than we were expecting, since nearly all children with supraglottoplasties have a period of intubation on a ventilator. While the PICU had the ventilator unit ready and waiting, Nolan didn't need it. They extubated him shortly after the procedure, and the swelling hasn't become a problem. His oxygen levels have remained above 90% (except for some brief crying episodes).
He received morphine initially, but is now only on Tylenol and Loretab for pain relief. He is quite cranky, since he is not allowed anything to eat or drink until tomorrow. His throat is amazingly sore, but the medication is helping to keep him quiet (along with a plentiful supply of DVD's). Since we were expecting him to be intubated and sedated, we didn't bring along many toys- thank goodness for the hospital gift shop!
He will probably still be kept until Thursday, to have a day of observation once he starts eating (watching out for the possibility of aspiration issues). We will definitely be home by Thursday afternoon- what a relief! Right now he is receiving all meds via IV (a steroid, the Loratab, Protonix (PPI), Zantac, and Amoxicillin).
Santa Claus visited the PICU today and brought Nolan a matching game and a Go Fish game (he also brought the parents donuts, cookies, and pizza- Santa is truly wonderful)! They took pictures of the kids with Santa while I was out scarfing down a donut- I will post that picture once I get home. I'm currently on the PICU wi-fi network, typing on a laptop.
Things are going extremely well, and I can't wait to get home and be "done" with this round of medical events!