The hospital has blogger blocked, but I was able to get to it kind of indirectly to post (YAY!). Surgery went really well. We arrived here at about 5:30am and after doing all of the pre-op stuff, he was taken right at 7:30. He was in for about 3 hours. They did the Chiari decompression first. The doc said that when he removed the bone that the part of the spinal cord behind immediately spread out, so it was under a lot of pressure. I was worried that we hadn't made the right decision in agreeing to that part of surgery since Gage wasn't having symptoms, but now I know we made the right choice. After getting done with that part, he started on the cyst. That area was also under a lot of pressure and there were apparently some adhesions to unstick. He said that after that was done that the fluid was flowing freely again.
We got to see him about 45 minutes after he came out of surgery in the PICU (he came straight here instead of recovery). When we first saw him, he lifted his arms and said "mere" and I was allowed to pick him up. He sat in my lap sleeping for a while, but would cry every time I would shift so I put him back in bed, where he seems much more comfortable. He's asleep now and seems to be comfortable. His little throat is sore from the tube and I'm sure his neck hurts, but he looks better than I anticipated. He has 2 tiny little dressings- one right at the base of his skull and the other just an inch or 2 lower (much higher than I thought).
Thank you all for your prayers and offers to help in one way or another. We are doing well now that it's over. I don't think visitors would be a good idea right now- we can only have 2 people in the room at a time right now and no food allowed in here. I'll update again tomorrow and hopefully we'll be on the floor in a (private) room... We're hoping for private anyway!