Yesterday was Matthew's surgery to repair his pectus excavatum. For those unfamiliar with this, it is where the cartilage that holds the ribs to the sternum is too tight and makes the sternum cave in onto the lungs and heart. He had kind of a rough night, but right now he is sleeping peacefully. Today will be the hardest day of all. The pain will really hit today. We've got to get him out of bed and walking. He isn't going to like that at all! He has an epidural for pain, but any movement makes him hurt. Over the night, he had a fever of 103.7. NOT GOOD! It's common to have a fever after surgery, but it's still scary when it's my son with the fever.
Right now, as I'm typing this, Jason is snoring in the "parent's bed" in Matt's room, and I'm sitting in the chair next to Matthew's bed holding his hand when he whimpers and watching movies on TV. My parents are in town all week, and they'll be here shortly to "relieve" me. (Like I'm gonna leave when he's in here!) I want to scoop him up and wrap him in a great big bear hug, but I'm afraid it'll hurt him too much. Please pray that when he gets up today that his lungs will expand like they're supposed to so we can avoid pneumonia.