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"The doctor got inside my body?! She went in there??!"

Friday, January 16, 2015

Bennett did not cry at all throughout his entire ordeal yesterday...

...until I began changing him from his hospital gown to his pajamas in preparation to go home from the hospital. Then, all of the sudden, Bennett noticed his fresh scars again and began to cry. 

Once I was able to calm him down, I learned he was very scared about the blood, particularly the black blood. (Bennett later explained that he knows blood is never a good thing to see and then he also knows that things that are black are usually scary...so he reasoned surely black blood was awful!)

I explained that while he was asleep, his doctor had made a tiny cut with a knife...

"A knife!?!" Bennett exclaimed.

"...not a kitchen knife, a special hospital knife..." I interjected. "Then, the doctor went in your body and fixed your intestines."
"The doctor got inside my body?!  She went in there??!"
"...she didn't physically get inside you, sweetheart, she put a tool in there to fix your body."

Finally, I was able to calm Bennett down.  I promised him I would explain more when we got home.

Once we were home, we showed Oliver Bennett's scars. He has three, two at his waistline and one in his belly button.  They are scars from where the robotic arms were placed to perform the laproscopic rectoplexy.  

I tried not to explain too much to the boys about a robot going in Bennett's body. The boys already see those sorts of things in some of their superhero cartoons so I didn't want to freak them out any more than necessary.  Nonetheless, here is what one of the robotic arms looked like:



Bennett had a good night.  He wasn't sleepy like the rest of us were (he had slept all day) so he stayed up late playing with his toys a flashlight in his room.  Despite being given a prescription for Hycet/Hydrocodone, he has needed nothing more than Tylenol ever few hours. 

Bennett did wake up his morning asking more about his surgery and why he has blood.  So, this morning, I pulled out a few tools of my own and acted out Bennett's surgery on his favorite stuffed monkey.

First, we pulled out our medical toys to explain why rectal prolapse happens in the first place.


Then, I gave Surgeon Dr. Bennett toothpick tools to cut tiny incisions in Monkey's belly so he could fix his rectal prolapse.

After fixing Monkey's intestines, Bennett placed surgical glue on the incision sites to close him back up.

Once Monkey was done with surgery, Surgeon Dr. Bennett had a Q and A conversation with Monkey about what happened and why Monkey has black blood in three areas of his tummy.  Bennett did an amazing job articulating his understanding of what happened.  Doing this reminded me the power of role play for children in situations such as these.

Bennett is staying home from school today and won't go back until Wednesday of next week.  We will have to go up to Dallas on Tuesday for a Cystic Fibrosis appointment to monitor his weight gain and to meet with the GI doctor there.  This should give him plenty of time to recover before he goes back to school.

Bennett will be able to take a bath in a few days.  But I am most hopeful that, at some point today, his colon will become active again and we will learn whether or not the surgery worked - can he again have a bowel movement without rectal prolapse?!  What a joy that will be!! :)

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