Friday, June 15, 2012


Stephen's surgery went great today and we are home! The surgery was super quick...something like 20-30 minutes, but the wait was a killer this morning (2.5 hours) and then recovery was a bumpy road, but he's doing so much better now that we're home.

As soon as we walked into recovery, we could hear him screaming.  For a bit I thought it was maybe just the anesthesia that was making him so inconsolable, but he was actually in a lot of pain.  The recovery nurse actually thought that the pain blocker they gave him maybe just didn't work, because he was beyond upset.  The nurse had to get orders to give him three doses of a narcotic pain killer to help him calm down.  And on top of that, his sutures started bleeding, so they had to apply some pressure to get the bleeding under control, which definitely added to the pain.  He's still uncomfortable, but the pain is much better now.  And hopefully he'll sleep well tonight and feel even better in the morning.

Despite our long wait in pre-op, Stephen did really great playing and entertaining the nurses.  Here are two pics of him in his hospital pjs waiting for surgery:

Here we are ready to go back to the OR.  I admittedly didn't do so well this time.  The easiest of all the surgeries and I totally cried leaving the OR, but this was the only when he had been completely awake going into the OR and kind of knew what was going on.  The poor little guy looked so scared when I laid him down on the table.  But thankfully he was out pretty quick.

And here he is with Daddy once the drugs kicked in and he felt a bit more comfortable.

Now he and Daddy are curled up in the recliner watching golf and probably dozing :).  Thank you for all the prayers are support!!!!


  1. You're doing an amazing job Linds. Your little guy is getting so big and is absolutely adorable. You truly are a superMom and your courage and perseverance is endless. I hope you and Stephen have a great time celebrating father's day with Bill this weekend. And a belated Happy Mother's Day to you!!!

  2. Hi Again Lindsey,
    It was great seeing pics of our Superman!! What a brave little guy. 'So glad everything went well. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Aunt LuAnn & Uncle Dick

  3. Congratulations to the Schwartz trio on Father's Day. We're so happy that Stephen is feeling better, even though he is uncomfortable during those diaper changes. I know that you two adults were more unhappy this time than even Stephen. Waiting is such a chore! Thankfully, this procedure is over and Stephen will be ready for the next "hurdle" in 6 weeks -- the bladder test. One more step toward a new kidney and getting better!
    Love to all you brave souls!
    Mimi and Poppy

  4. So happy to hear that it all went well! You guys are so strong and amazing parents!!

  5. So glad all went well. The pictures above are so sweet they made me tear-up. I can only imagine how you felt watching him being wheeled away. God has been with you on every step of this journey and I believe with all my heart that He has some big plans for Stephen.

    I hear you are going to be in NC the week we are all at OIB. I hope you can come over and spend a day with us. I would love for all my clan to meet the "Miracle Baby/Little Boy". Many of my family members have been following your web site and praying for Stephen.
    Love Mary Elizabeth