As you know, Squeaker had surgery on December 21st to fix his Chiari malformation. It’s officially called a Chiari Decompression. Basically, they made an incision in the back of his head just big enough to open a window, cauterized the brain tonsils so they’d go up and provide room for the spinal fluid to flow as it should, then they put a patch on it and closed him back up. The recovery period is 2-4 weeks for the surgery, but I’m thinking that most of the recovery is just going to be me keeping Squeaker from standing on his head. And I mean that literally. He sleeps more than usual lately, and is calmer than usual, but he has bursts of energy where he’s definitely back to his normal self.
I will say that, despite his constant need to pick at the back of his head, he’s looking really good. Children do tend to heal faster, and I think there’s something about blood flow in the head making cuts heal more quickly, but I’m not an expert, so don’t quote me on that. Either way, the grossest part of the wound is where the glue is, and he can’t leave it alone, so I imagine it’ll be gone soon.
|Some down time.|
|With little brother (front).|
Originally posted 2011-12-29 21:16:00.