Monday, April 30, 2012


The nurse said his doctor puts hearts on all his little patients.  <3
Tyler had the surgery to fix his tethered spinal cord and remove the cyst on the 19th.  The neurosurgeon told us it would take anywhere between 2 and 6 hours.  Fortunately, after only 2 1/2 hours we got the news that surgery was over.  The doctor told us everything went as planned.  He had to remove one bone to get to the cyst but then replaced it and glued it back in with some crazy glue or something.  We were taken to a hospital room and waited for Tyler to brought back from the recovery room.  He arrived and was crying and in and out of consciousness.  He was put on 2 different muscle relaxers to help control the muscle spasm he would have and morphine for the pain.  That first day was super tough.  While talking, Brian and I realized we were both so focused on just getting through the surgery we hadn't thought much about the post-op.  Tyler had to lie flat on his back for 48 hours and we could not pick him up.  He slept most of the first day but woke up when he would jerk from a muscle spasm or be in pain.  He didn't even open his eyes until around midnight.  That first night was horrible.  We got little sleep and Tyler was in bad shape.  Each day got better but Tyler refused to eat or drink for almost 3 days.  He was kept on fluids to keep from being dehydrated.  When they elevated his bed and we were finally able to pick him up is when he started eating.  We were in the hospital until Monday and sent home with muscle relaxer and pain medicine.  He is off the pain meds and we go back for a check-up with the surgeon this week.  We are happy to report that he only lost 1 ounce through this whole ordeal.  I have no idea how but we are super excited and he is now eating like a champ.  Tyler has once again proved he is Superman and we are so happy to have him home.

Care package from our awesome small group :)

All swollen up from laying face down during the surgery

Getting better.

Watching Backyardigans on the IPAD.....lifesaver.

Superman is home.


  1. Oh, I just love you sweet Tyler. You are so brave and strong. God gave you such a special Mommy and Daddy, and your doctors seem to be pretty special, too.

    Your hair is growing so pretty; I love that dark brown hair. {I just knew my boys were going to have dark hair like you, but I love them just the same with light hair!} :)

    I am always so happy when your Mommy posts and I get to see your progress. You're eating and growing so well, and I hope that your surgery will be helpful as you keep growing and getting stronger.

    You are just beautiful and I hope I get to meet you someday. :)

    Mrs. Selena

  2. Autumn, I am so happy to hear that the surgery went well. I am sorry the recovery was hard on Ty but you are right he is a little Superman! Dylan also had a tethered cord but actually that surgery was pretty easy for him - go figure. I love to see all the pictures of your sweet little man. Keep the updates coming. Sending lots of love your way! XOXO