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Well it has been quite an exciting couple of days. If you are still following you know that Evan FINALLY had his last surgery on Tuesday!!! Big yay!

I’m going to recap the following days and post a picture for all to see!

We got to NYU at about 11 for 12:30 surgery time but of course nothing ever goes according to plan! Evan’s surgery started officially at about 2:30 after a consultation with the surgeon where he went over the surgery. He reminded us this is the easiest of the three he has had and it should take about 2- 2 1/2 hrs and afterwards a small part of his lips will be sewn together for a week to keep the blood flowing to the relocated part of his upper lip. Of course we knew all this already but a quick overview was great to calm nerves! After they took his back (with one last kiss with his “old lips”) his parents and I waited…. and waited… and waited. At the 4 hour mark we got antsy, at the 5 hour mark we got nervous and at 5 1/2 hrs we demanded to know what was going on. His father eventually found a nurse who called down to the OR (considering it was almost 8 pm!!) and found out that everything was “ok” he just was finishing up. Dr. Warren finally came out at about 7:55 to tell us he was done. Evan had a lot more scar tissue than expected and because of that it took longer to get through. He also wanted to make it “perfect” so he redrew the lines for about an hr before he started the procedure. All acceptable reasons to take longer (and we certainly appreciate the perfection) but some communication with us would have been GREATLY appreciated!!!!

Now we all know Evan does NOT like to wake up from surgery easily, this time was no exception. He stayed in post-op recovery until 11:40 ish and while he didn’t throw up this time (yay!! It was our goal to control it BEFORE leaving the hospital this go around) he did remain super groggy the rest of that night. We were able to take him home that night!

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get another day off of my rotation so I couldn’t stay the next day with him, but he did ok! No throwing up, minimal pain but still bleeding a little. That was the only concerning item of the day, besides exessive drowsiness (but that was expected!) Today being Day 2, Evan is much more awake, in less pain but his nose is stuffy and he is still dripping blood. When I got there after my day I was able to help him take a bath and he seemed to feel better. He wrote to me on his phone that this recovery is a little easier than the past two, but very annoying with lips sewn shut and the dripping. We’ve been putting medicated ointment on the stitches, which he has under his nose, two strips down to his lips and a “y” shaped area on his bottom lip and of course all inside his mouth as well as outside, but the ointment makes the blood cake on his chin and his in hair (sorry for the graphics!)

For now we are really only concerned about the bleeding and hope it starts to clot more. Tomorrow I might call over to his doctor before the weekend and just get his opinion!

Sorry for the lengthy post, but here’s a picture for the end!! I’ll update again over the weekend. Thanks for all the loving support for Evan, I know he appreciates it all.

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Now that things have finally calmed down and Evan has given me permission … I will finally post pictures!!

I’ll post some alone and then the rest in a “slideshow” format, because I have  a TON. It’s funny because Evan pretty much knows the drill by now that when I ask him to send a picture or when I talk to him on Skype he sends a picture facing the camera AND one profile shot. I think you can really see the difference from the profile shots, I mean after all the point was to get his teeth touching in the correct places and correct his lack of an upper jaw. By looking from the profile you can see how far they moved his top jaw forward; you can also see how swollen he was/is.

be prepared: the  first couple of  pictures are right after surgery- nothing bloody but if you know Evan you know this isn’t how he normally looks

**note** there are captions to each picture, you either have to roll over them or if they are longer click and it will open in a full screen slideshow!

From here one Evan sent me a ton of pictures and I think the easiest way to look at them all is in a slide show!

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I think we have done a pretty good job documenting his recovery so far!! I’ll also update the “Pictures Page” of the blog for quicker reference to the before and after pictures!

I’ll leave everyone with a few more pictures from our 3 year anniversary ❤ love you Evan! so proud of you!

Sorry for the picture overload! but it was about time!

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So this will be just a quick update before I head to bed. Evan is home from the hospital, he is doing alright. Still in pain and drowsy from all the medicine, but answering all our questions and letting us know if he needs anything! He is currently set up on his couch with the tv, some water, tissues and a cold towel (because he can’t tolerate ice just yet.) he even took a shower while I was there tonight! I think he is just uncomfortable and wants the swelling to go down, he said his pain was about 7 out of 10 right before he got another dose of pain medicine. I’ll leave everyone with a quick picture of the two of us on his couch with a towel over his eyes! I’ll update again tomorrow!! 🙂

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