November 25, 2009

The Myringotomy Chronicles, Part III

...and, we're home! Little A did fabulously and the surgery went great!

We arrived at the surgery center at 6:30 this morning. Little A was a trooper, hungry tummy and all. We checked in and had a brief wait in the lobby. Little A was tired and enjoying her favorite comfort object... her fingers.

After a short time, we were brought back to the pre-op area. They checked Little A's temperature and O2 sat. and the anesthesiologist came in to speak with us. He explained that he would be able to put her under using the mask and administer a narcotic through her nostril, which would aid in a smoother recovery period. I was happy to learn that there would not be any pokes or IVs.

She was super excited to put her gown pretty dress on.

Then, we enjoyed some mommy/baby cuddle time.

We spent some time counting, singing our ABC's, and learning about animal sounds. We sang many rounds of Row, Row, Row Your Boat, If You're Happy and You Know It, and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Little A spent a few minutes trying to figure out how to remove her hospital bracelet.

Then, she decided to give Daddy a lesson on what's what in the pre-op cubicle.

Finally, it was time for her to go back. Dr. K made a quick visit and explained that this was the worlds easiest, quickest surgery. Oh, and not to pour water in her ears on purpose. And, that's it.

I sat in the lobby chair at 7:25. Dr. K came out at 7:35 to let us know that all went well. He got a lot of gunk out of her right ear, especially.

We were taken back to the recovery room. Little A was being held by one of the nurses. I sat in the big recliner and she was handed to me, still limp. After a few minutes, she started to regain awareness and screamed a little bit. She calmed down as soon as she saw that I was holding her, she closed her eyes again, and we rocked for a while.

The nurse suggested that I try to give her a bottle the next time she stirred, so I did. She drank it in its entirety, and then really began to perk up. After a few minutes, the nurse brought Little A a package of graham crackers, and became her BFF instantly.

Once the confirmed that she was healthy enough to go home, they released us. We were out of the doors by 8:10.

Right now, Little A is resting peacefully. We are so glad that everything went well!

3 sweet tweets:

Mandy said...

That's great. I told you it was easy as pie. I'm glad Little A can start feeling better now... and stay better in the future.

The Hoffman Family-Adam, Laura, Easton & Emerson said...

I'm so glad it was fast! Hopefully this will help her stay healthy!

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