Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Surgery Day

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
After a long battle with a few ear infections that would
not go away even with every antibiotic she could possibly be
put on including injections, colds, croup, and now C-diff...
a nasty illness caused by antibiotics, and several weeks of
cloudy fluid on her ears, today is the day that
Alexa will have tubes put in.
It was very early (6:30 am) when we headed out the door.
More importantly though...Alexa hadn't eaten since
midnight and now that I woke her and dressed her...she
was itching for a bottle. Needless to say, we knew we
were in for a long car ride to the surgery center.
We were the youngest patient which means we
were scheduled first. But, you need a doctor in order to have surgery.
Luckily, the many nurses, anaesthiologists, and who knows
who else that we saw who were all on time and did there part.
So at this point, it was a matter of waiting for the doctor to arrive.

Alexa went back and forth from sitting on her little bed/crib to

crawling into my arms. She did as good as can be expected.

A bit fussy, then happy, then very cranky, then she would

calm down...then she saw her bottle and that was the end of that!

So, Rob and I did what we could to keep her happy.
The nurses were great. They all kept coming in
which helped because Alexa was able to
become more familiar with them.

And worst was time to say good-bye.
We gave her her blanket, hugs, and kisses, and an few extra
hugs and kisses from mommy, then the hard part...I had
to hand her off. There she went into the OR. Of course,
I peeked around the corner and watched until I couldn't
see her anymore. Then the waiting began.

Boy did the wait seem like forever! I just stared at the clock in
the waiting room. It was the longest 18 minutes EVER!
Everytime I saw a nurse round the corner I was ready to jump up.
Finally, the side door opened and her doctor came out in full
scrubs. Of course, I thought the worst thinking something
happened ...she is walking towards us in full gear. She sat
down, only to inform us how the procedure went. It was a sigh
of relief at that point as tears were flowing down my face. She
told us Alexa did great, but she did have another ear infection.
(Rob and I did expect it as the day before she was stuffing her
thumb in her ear!) The doctor continued talking but honestly,
I have no idea what she was saying. She left and there we sat.
Minutes later I heard screaching and screaming and I knew
it was Alexa...not to mention we were the first to go so it
had to be her. There we sat helpless...listening to her belting
at the top of her lungs. Finally, a nurse came out and called us
back and I bolted all the way into the recovery room and
grabbed her right out of the arms of the nurse who was holding
her. They had a rocking chair ready for me and Rob prepared
the bottle once they gave the go ahead that she could have it.
It was a rough next 45 minutes, but we all managed to get thru
it. Then, finally, we were on our way home and
Alexa fell fast asleep once in the car.
A big Thank you to everyone at the surgery center for
taking such good care of us and Alexa!

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