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Happy No Juice, All Family Dinner, Recovery Day, Words of Wisdom

posted Apr 5, 2012, 7:22 AM by Manny Wilke   [ updated Apr 5, 2012, 7:37 AM ]
Manny woke up slowly and peacefully after surgery, which is not at all what we have experience in previous surgeries. He has been a wild, flailing crazy boy afterwards for about an hour. But, apparently, the so-called Happy Juice they usually give him can make for a very unpleasant awakening. So, because he was a big boy and skipped the juice this time, he came out out anesthesia well - which made for a happy Manny and a very happy mommy.
Nate and Eli arrived from the airport 5 minutes before we came home from surgery. I mean, hotel not home. (Ha - I guess it does feel like home here.) If you recall, Nate and Eli were flying in for surgery but the surgery date got moved up, so they missed it. But, it worked out perfectly because Manny was in great spirits and as I carried him into the hotel, Nate and Eli were able to great him with a slew of new Angry Bird stuffed animals and larger than life smiles. We then all sat in the hotel lobby and ate dinner, as a family. As an entire family in California. Together. For the first time. While the nurse warns us to have Manny start eating bland food slowly, he insisted on eating anything and everything - then again, he hadn't eaten in 20+ hours. He ate continuously yesterday as well. I have never seen anything like it. And I have never seen poop so big.
Yesterday, I surprised Eli and Nate will birthday tickets to the Giants game. I also thought it would be something fun to do, while allowing Manny to recover and chill, and allowing Grammy J and I to recover and chill as well. Thanks to our godfamily who called last minute and gave us their awesome tickets instead of the cheapo bleacher tickets I had purchased, especially because there was some flight that broke out in the bleacher section! Abe and I actually snuck out and walked the hilly Dish, which seemed to be spiritually cleansing up high on the hills overlooking life in general, and having time to reflect on it all. We ended recovery day with pizza at our Godfamily's house, with the Abe/Eli playing baseball in the backyard (Manny is banned from physical activity for 3 weeks). It was a great way to end the day.
I would like to thank all of our wonderful friends and family who have sent me so many words of wisdom and encouragement or even just pressed "like" on a facebook post - seems silly, but it really does get me through it all to know we have such great support. Here are just a few messaegs from friends pre-surgery/surgery day:
-"I can only imagine the stress that you are under and I pray the God will comfort you and give you the results that you are all hoping for. Even if those results in the long run don't come out to your expectations, remember that you did everything you could and that you gave Manny and showed him and all of us, all the love in the world!! We all love Manny for who he is!!
-"I'm proud of you, you are doing great. I'm proud of your family. I'm proud of EMMANUEL. Peace Love Hope Joy. PS -It's okay to feel down once in a while. You're a human being who has real feelings, worries, disappointments and triumphs! It's a good life, because God is good."
-"Look at where you were and where you are now. That 18 month old who could not hear at all and who did not understand concepts and feeling etc has grown and matured beyond his years. Love yourself too for changes that will always happen and are not in your control but in others. God has not lead you wrong yet so trust in his guidance and let him carry you a bit."
-"Think of where you started and where you are now. If nothing else, think of how the process has made you all stronger and how everyone's hearts have grown. The big JC has reasons for everything! Sometimes, it just takes us a little bit longer to figure out His message. Manny is focusing on his full name for a good reason? Emmanuel = God is with us. Be strong and if all else fails, down a bottle of red wine!"
New photos have been uploaded: Photos-Surgery 4-3-12