We are home from the hospital! Hooray!
We reported to Scottish Rite just after 12:15. Micah was beyond anxious. They even sent a child life specialist to see if she could help, but she just shook her head. Finally, Micah got his Versed and things got a little better. But he was still so agitated that he fought off the goofiness that Versed usually brings. Finally they called him back to the OR. The procedure took about 40 minutes.
The doctor ended up doing a sphincter pharyngoplasty rather than the pharyngeal flap. They took a larger piece of muscle with resulted in a smaller hole that they usally leave. This could result in some breathing difficulties and snoring so we have to be on the lookout for that. I haven't actually looked in his mouth yet, so I'm not sure what it looks like.
He hated the nasal airway and was pretty mad until that finally came out after dinner time. We told him that if he drank lots he could go home the next day. He took a few sips of water and ate half a Popsicle before falling into a fitful sleep.
This morning, a brave, tough boy emerged. He made himself drink half a glass of apple juice and eat eggs, fruit and yogurt. This earned him the removal of the IV that plagued him overnight and an early discharge from the hospital.
We have already heard a few /b/ sounds that are very promising, though they could be the result of post-surgical swelling so we'll have to see what happens in the next six weeks.
Thank you all for your prayers and support. We felt the love all around us through this whole process.