At 8:30 we arrived at the hospital. Matt was in an okay mood, but he was already asking to eat. He wanted a cookie and a drink. Of course I wasn't able to give him anything.
At 9:15 Matt got changed into his gown and on the of members of the pastoral staff from our church came up to the hospital to be with us during the surgery. Our church is pretty big and I had never met him before but I was very glad he was there.
11:30-1:40 - We waited. Kevin wasn't able to make it to the hospital before the surgery, but got there shortly after Matt was taken back and was there until a little after he woke up.
1:40-2:15 - Matt was in recovery waking up. This time seemed so much longer than the surgery. Charles had left so I got up and talked to some of the other people waiting. I met a nice woman who's son was on his 7th surgery. He has to have surgery on his back every 6 months. She travels from Laredo and she was there alone. I am glad I talked to her, the doctors had talked about her son getting a feeding tube very many times and she was really reluctant. He will drink some pediasure by mouth but he won't ever finish it. I told her when we started discussing it that I did a lot of research and so many parents said their only regret was not doing it sooner. I told her I was excited that I wouldn't have to worry so much about what he eats and drinks, I spend so much time worrying about it and I was sure she did too and this will be a major relief. She doesn't have a computer but I did tell her if she gets to a computer to look up a few websites.
2:15 -FINALLY I got to see Matthew! When we got there Matt was barely awake. He was very groggy. They had just taken the breathing tube out but his oxygen would be low at times. They were about to have to put him on oxygen when he woke up enough to start screaming!!!! Then we went on with an awful hour! He cried and cried and cried! They gave him four doses of morphine and a different pain med. Finally by the grace of God he calmed down enough to go to his room.