Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Surgery Day

Well, today was surgery day for Emily.  We took her to Children's to have the chalazion on her left eye lid removed. 

To prep for this day, I had to take Emily to the pediatrician for a physical.  We had not seen our doctor since Emily's 4 year old well visit (we saw a different doc for her well visit this past year).  Needless to say, he was completely shocked at how much she has grown since then.  Everything went well with the physical.  The only thing he was concerned about was Emily's loose tooth.  He said that I should not be surprised if she came out of surgery with one less tooth (he said they sometimes pull them while the child is "out" just to make sure it didn't get knocked out by a breathing tube).

Last night, we had to stop Emily's feeding pump around 11pm and then we gave her some water until about 3am.  We had to be at the hospital at 6:15am.  The drive to Children's takes about 45 minutes, so that means we had to get up EARLY!  Mike took the day off to come with us.  Thankfully, Emily is not a kid that gets cranky when you wake her up.  She was groggy for a bit, but by the time we were in the car, she was happy as could be. 

After checking in, we were taken back to a room to prep for the surgery.  Emily laid on a stretcher and watched Disney Junior while we talked with the nurse, the doctor, and the anesthesiologist.  She was pretty relaxed and happy.  She had to change into a gown, but had some heated blankets on her so she didn't seem to mind. 

At around 7:45am we headed to the OR.  We picked watermelon flavored "sleepy air" for Emily.  We played Gloworm (we never go anywhere without Gloworm!), held her hand and talked to her for a few minutes.  It didn't take long for her to fall asleep.  Then we kissed her and went to the waiting room while she went into surgery.  The surgery was scheduled for about 30 minutes, so we didn't have long to wait.

We got to chat with the doctor afterwards and she told us that everything went well.  She said "there is no way that thing was going to go away on its own".  Since we had tried just about everything to get rid of it in the past 6 months, I was not surprised to hear that.  She also got rid of one that was starting to form on Emily's lower eye lid.  She gave us some ointment to put on Emily's eye and talked us through some other post-op instructions.

Then we waited a few more minutes before we could go back to see Emily.  She was still really groggy and had a patch over her eye.  She did not seem happy about that at all!  She was pretty whiny and kind of out of it.  The nurse removed the patch and that made Emily really mad.  She did not like having the tape removed, but once she got over that, she seemed really happy to have the patch off.  I, on the other hand, started to feel really queasy at that point.  Her eye was pretty swollen and red and she had some blood coming out of her eye.  I don't handle that kind of stuff well.  I had to sit down for a few minutes while Mike comforted Emily.  I felt a little silly, but there wasn't much I could do about it. I am a big baby - what can I say?

We gave Emily some Pedialyte while we were there and included some Tylenol.  We only gave her a couple of ounces just to make sure we didn't upset her stomach.  She seemed to tolerate it OK, so we started to get her ready to leave.  The nurse had to remove an IV from her foot and that did not make our girl happy either (who can blame her?).  The nurse said they had to stick her about 4 times to get the IV in, so we will notice some bruises (and she does have a couple of good ones).  Unfortunately, Emily has thin wiggly veins just like her Mama!  And she still has that loose tooth - they did not need to pull it. 

Once Emily was dressed and in her wheelchair, she was completely calm.  I think she just wanted to go home.  Since we got home, she has been doing pretty well.  A bit more whiny than usual, but we expected that.  Her eye is looking better and better as time goes on and the discharge is slowing down too.  She has been tolerating her formula pretty well, although we have given her a bit less than normal.  She cannot throw up, so we don't want to push too hard and get her stomach upset.  So we will just take it slow and keep an eye on her.  So far so good.

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