They took Nolan from me at 7:30am, and immediately, my arms ached for him. I am so in love with that little boy... A nurse came and informed us at 9:22am that Dr. Smith (the neuro surgeon) was just beginning. Wow! 2 hours of getting him prepped. Thank you Lord for such a meticulous surgeon! She wanted to make sure the anesthesia was working with no ill effects, they got his 2 Iv's in, an arterial heart monitor in, and she wanted to have him in perfect position. The surgery lasted until about 4:30pm. Dr. Smith made the incision (ear to ear atop his head), pulled his skin and muscle down and removed his forehead. Dr. Havlik (the plastic surgeon) then takes his forehead and places it on a tray and cuts it into pieces to reshape it and makes it bigger by using disolvable plates and screws to connect the pieces. He said he cuts Nolan's forhead into 15 pieces!!!! He then places the forehead back in position and Dr. Smith comes back and closes him up. Wow! I mean, who knows how to do that? Thank you Lord for gifting people with these skills.
Now what we have to expect is 1-2 nights in the ICU and a 4-5 day stay total. They also expect his eyes to swell shut for a day or 2, but once he's able to see, we will get to go home. Right now, he's resting very peacefully. He's also running a fever, which is normal for post surgery.
We thank you all for your prayers. We heard them, we felt them. Please continue to pray for a quick and complicationless (I don't even know if that's a word) recovery. Please also pray for Nolan as his eyes swell shut. We imagine that will be scary for him. Thanks again for all your faithful prayers.