Zane's surgery yesterday went well! There were no complications, and they were done in about an hour and a half. Of course.. they got started about 3 hours late, but hey, at least I got familiar with the basement of the hospital! When the doctor came out to talk to me, he let me know that the nerve in Zane's elbow was moderately compressed and the nerve in his wrist was quite severely compressed. So, rather than the typical 2-inch incision that they make in the wrist, they made about a 4-inch incision and did quite a bit of decompressing. Because of the large incision and the frailty of Zane's skin, the doctor decided to put Zane in a right arm splint that he has to wear for about a week. It's quite bulky, so we're having fun getting his shirts over it.
Zane's pain level seems to be pretty low after the surgery. They put him on an extra antibiotic but didn't prescribe any additional pain meds. It's hard to know if the surgery accomplished what they set out to do (restore feeling in his hand), because it can take a long time. Right now, Zane doesn't have any change in sensation, but the doctor told me it could take 3-6 months. I was a little surprised that it could take that long, but if there's one thing I have learned through all this, it's patience! :) We have faith that God can work on his own time-table just as we've seen him do so far, so we'll continue to pray that the feeling will come back soon!
We've taken it pretty easy last night and today, and are looking forward to dinner and a laid back night tonight with some friends for New Years. We are SO blessed by our friends down here. I am so thankful that God has placed people around us here that are such a huge encouragement. We could have easily ended up in a place where we knew no one & had to spend all our free time alone. Again, it's just another detail that God worked out before we even thought of it.