In fact, it turned out to be an even easier surgery than we expected this morning. Ty slept well last night, despite the fact that they woke us up every hour on the hour to shine a light in his eyes and take his blood pressure. He woke up surprisingly cheery. His eyes were still terribly crossed, but he was so cute with his doctor. when he was leaving the room today Ty said, "Hey Doc! See ya way-ta.". In fact, he was in such good spirits while being rolled off to the OR, he didn't even require any anti-anxiety meeds in advance. He just kissed Lou and I goodbye with a smile while our hearts were in our stomachs.
Ty returned two hours later without a new shunt. That's right. When they opened him up in his belly to check the tubing, whatever debris had collected inside cleared itself and it began flowing perfectly. To be on the safe side, they also opened him up on top of his head to check the function of the valve and it was working perfect. The neurosurgeon felt he shouldn't replace the hardware since it was now working at 100 percent. I am happy about his decision, but so upset that he has another two huge incisions that will take a long time to heal. My biggest concern is that we are missing something, but the imaging was otherwise clear and Ty's eyes are already drastically improved which gives us much relief.
It's so incredibly frustrating and exhausting, but of course we are so happy that all is well with our little fighter. Now we just need to get him off of the angry medicine so he stops barking rude demands all day and all night. He is driving us crazy right now because he is so unhappy being confined to his hospital bed again. He won't give us a minute's peace. He should be weaned by Monday or Tuesday.
We are so looking forward to a nice fourth of July weekend at home with the family. Please let this be the last speed bump we are faced with for a while. We may begin a three week course of radiation therapy as early as next week, but those details haven't been finalized yet so we will keep you posted. In the meantime, we expect to be discharged tomorrow morning and we are counting the minutes.
Superty does it again! He is our champ!