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Recovery Update
Once we get home it is always harder to update since we have so many everyday things to distract us, but I wanted to put up a quick update before I went to sleep.  

Owen continues to get better each day.  He still sleeps a lot and the incision site is still tender if you touch it in just the right way, but overall he is doing much better than we had expected at this point.  He isn't eating at his usual level either, but then again he hadn't been eating and drinking all that well before the surgery - we are beginning to suspect the Depakote on that.  

The good news is that even though there is still discomfort and a lack of stamina, he has actually been in a good mood.  We had been through a few months of severe crankiness before the surgery and for the most part he seems to be happier now.  And if he's happier now I can't wait to see what he'll be like when he has completely healed.  We have also noticed that he isn't choking and spluttering his way through his drinks now like he did before the surgery so that is another hopeful sign.  It will be a while before we can really tell anything about the walking though.  He has pulled himself up to stand twice, but it really wipes him out and unless he does it himself we haven't been pushing it.  

So, if you are going to need to recouperate, it's nice to do it when it's 80 degrees out and bright and sunshiny!  I brought out the blanket and we hung out in the sun yesterday.  In between naps Owen was feeling a bit more lively and you can see below that he was in a good mood. 

Today we took off the bandages and gave him his first shower - no laying down in the tub in the water for 6 weeks, but we can use the hand sprayer for a shower now.  I had given him sponge baths to clean him up when we got home, but today we started washing the gunk away and that has to feel better.  It's going to take some time to get rid of all the glue and stuff, but at least maybe it itches less now.  

So, all in all things are going well and we just need time for everything to heal.

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