We'll be checking into the hospital this afternoon for Stephen's surgery tomorrow morning. He's scheduled first thing tomorrow morning for 8 AM surgery with Dr. Kim; the same surgeon who's performed all of Stephen's surgeries. He'll be replacing his dialysis catheter with a newer, bigger one and hopefully fixing the hernia that has come back. I don't know if the hernia is the same one he had before, but it's pretty much in the same spot; right across his nephrectomy incision/scar in the middle of his belly. We haven't talked or met with Dr. Kim yet so I don't know what the plan is, but we're confident that Dr. Kim will do whatever is best for Stephen.
When I called the hospital this morning they still didn't have a bed for Stephen, but I'm guessing we'll need to have him there sometime in the late afternoon. The only bad part is they'll have to make room for him either in the PICU or IMC. They don't allow him to go to the regular pediatric floor because of the dialysis, which is a huge pain in the butt. And the intake process takes forever...so who knows what the rest of the day will bring. I just hope they make room for him in the IMC so we can stay the night with him. It'll be a sleepless night regardless of where I am, but I'd much rather be next to him than have him be by himself!
I have absolutely no idea how long this surgery will last, but I'll update the blog once we get back to see him in recovery.