Once Owen got carried away by the friendly anesthesiologist, we went back to our waiting room to do just as its name states. Wait. After we felt we got our fill of waiting for the day; we, you know, waited some more.
Around 9 they started the procedure itself, after an hour or so. Around 10:30 the Nuerosurgeon came out and said that his part of the procedure was finished. He does the actual incision and cuts the skull. He examined the brain and duramatter. He says all looked perfectly normal and there was no damage--praise God! As to be expected, Owen's brain sort-of relaxed and expanded a little bit after they opened the skull. So Owen can say au voir to his squished brain and embrace the room he has to grow a nice round head!
After waiting some more for the Craniofacial Plastic Surgeon to do his part, we see someone we know at the reception desk. Surprisingly some of my family from New Madrid came up to visit. I saw my Granny, my Aunt Janice and Uncle Dempsey. They were in town for another appointment & decided to stop over--that is after they mistakenly looked for us at Barnes-Jewish. But eventually they made their way over to the Same Day Surgery Waiting Room.
It was nice to have them come and take our minds off the procedure and the fact that we are just waiting, waiting and waiting.
After a long while the plastic surgeon came out and said he was done reconstructing the skull and they are stitching Owen up. Silly us thought we would be able to see Owen soon after that. After, all the plastic surgeon said in about an hour to an hour and a half. Silly doctor must of used "hospital time". Little did we know...that really that translates into 3 hours & 15 minutes in normal people time. So around 3:15 we were in Owen's PICU room.