Oliver, post surgery

Oliver’s hernia surgery went well. The whole process took about an hour, but the surgen wanted to monitor him overnight in the hospital. He (and Tanya) spend the night at the PICU (Paediatrics Intensive Care Unit) for monitoring reasons. There were no hiccups or issues and now Oliver is back at home with us.

Normal smiley self

Oliver is back to his smiley happy self. We do notice when his Tylenol wears off, but other than that, he is back to himself.

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Oliver goes for surgery

We awoke earlier than normal today to get ready for Oliver’s surgery. We had to give him a bath before before his admittance to the hospital and he wasn’t allowed to eat for 4 hours before the operation.

Last night was a bit of a restless night, partially due to the anxiety of today’s event, partly due to Tanya’s dark chocolate with toasted almond macaroon tart. Eating this great dessert at 10pm isn’t going to guarantee a good nights rest, but it does give the mind a little bit of a rest (and it tastes good too).


I couldn’t not mention the pink hospital gown. There isn’t a huge selection of hospital gowns that fit an 11 pound baby (in fact there were none). The smallest gown was pink so that I what Oliver will get for the surgery.

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My connectivity method

Oliver has been in the hospital since Friday and should be getting out today (Tuesday). I spent the whole weekend at the hospital, with Tanya. What is really cool is who connected we now are. Even though I was at the hospital, I was still able to tap into my inner geek.

Inner Geek?

I have always been fascinated by computers, ever since my dad introduced me to one when I was 5. Since then, computers have become more and more integrated into my life.

This means that for 25 years of my 30 year life, I have been using computers. Which is to say, computers are more apart of my day then coffee, so being confined to a hospital for the weekend, I brought along my setup.

The always connected setup

With the right tools, I am able to do pretty much anything I can do at home. The best part is that I don’t have to carry around a huge laptop to be connected. Here is what I have on me:

  • a wifi iPad
  • a cell phone
  • an iPad keyboard
  • a suite of applications to enable me to work
  • a dropbox account
  • a gmail account

With these tools and services I am able to communicate with family and friend, update this website, work on a completely different website and stay entertained.

The picture above is me hacking away on my iPad working on a website after a long day at the hospital.

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Back in the hospital

We are back in the hospital. On Friday, Tanya noticed that Oliver’s breathing wasn’t quite right. Armed with mother’s intuition and a nursing background, she quickly assessed the situation and took Oliver to the emergency.

The doctors aren’t sure right now what is wrong, it could be an infection, a virus or something wrong with his heart (like a hole in a chamber). It isn’t serious enough for him to be in the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit), but it is serious enough to have him closely monitored on the Pediatric unit.

Waiting game

We are playing a waiting game right now, waiting for test results. Tanya is spending the weekend at the hospital while I visit for 16 hours at a time (I am not allowed to spend the night, which means I get a baby free house to go home to get 8 hours of undisturbed sleep). Oliver is doing a great job at gaining weight and other then his odd breathing, he is doing very well.

Secret weapon

From the photo, you can see his arm is wrapped up. There is a rigid board wrapped on his arm to prevent Oliver from messing with his IV (like bending his arm). He has however, turned it into a weapon, when he swings that around, watch out, you could walk away with a couple of bruises.

Also, look at those chubby cheeks, a sure sign that he is gaining right track.

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