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4-3 Surgery Day, Outerspace, Surgery Buddies, Jacked

posted Apr 3, 2013, 8:29 AM by Manny Wilke   [ updated Apr 3, 2013, 8:37 AM ]
Today is surgery day. Finally 4-3-13 has come. We actually had surgery on 4-3-12 as well, which is kind of ironic. We arrived at CEI around 6:30am this morning and Manny went into surgery at 7:30am. This time, he just walked into the OR by himself with the doctors and nurses trailing behind and I just sat in amazement at how old he is getting. He didn't walk in without fear though. As he gets older and older, he knows more and more what is going on. While he accepts surgery, he isn't excited about it - but who is?Yesterday, he was worried about the gas mask. He kept asking about it over and over and I had used up all of my go-to answers. He finally said, "Fine. I'm going to just have to use my imagination. I'm going to put on the mask and pretend I'm on a rocketship going into outerspace." Excellent idea, thank you for the right answer, Manny!

Last night we were able to hit the park quickly (with a quick stop at my high school classmate's house near the park) since Manny isn't able to do physical activity for 3 weeks (that includes gym, recess, karate, etc). We then met up with the Henke family at Chilis, our pre-surgery dinner ritual. Then again, it's our 3rd night in a row there - it's safe, typical American food with corndogs - Manny's favorite. Three year old Brody is undergoing surgery tomorrow with Dr. Roberson. The Henke family lives only an hour away from us in Wisconsin. They reached out to us a couple of years ago when they saw us on the news and we've been in touch ever since. It was fun for the boys to compare hearing aids, compare ears, talk about surgery in kid terms, and just stare at each other!

On our way home Nate called. Apparently, Eli got jacked in the head by a 3 year old and a free weight. Shockingly enough, it wasn't my 3 year old. Nate thought he was going to have to take Eli to the ER as blood was everywhere, but it finally stopped.

There is a sign in my house from Uncle Bruce that says "There is a special place in heaven for a mom with 3 boys." I couldn't agree more.

Photos updated - see Photos> 4-3-13 Surgery