Little E the night before surgery. We talked to her about what was going to happen but she didn't fully understand. If you were to ask her she would say "They're gonna fix my eye"
When we got there they took us to pre-op where they put her in her gown, she liked the gown but didn't care for the socks or cap. They brought her barbies and ponies to play with, she LOVED that. She also got to watch Bolt on the TV.
They brought her mask and she got to pick the flavor that she was going to smell when they put the mask on her face to go to sleep. She also got to decorate it with stickers...
but she thought it was more fun to decorate mama (daddy had something to do with that)
Then it was off to surgery. She saw this car when we first walked in and said "I want to ride in that", so when they asked her if she wanted the wagon or the car, she for sure picked the car. Luckily they let me take her back and be with her until she fell asleep. We tried to make the experience as enjoyable as possible, but all the while her daddy and I were a bundle of nerves inside.
I guess I didn't realize what the process of them going to sleep looked like but it was not as peaceful as I'd imagined. When we got in the room I picked her up and put her on the bed lying down and as soon as they put the mask on her face she said, "I don't want to do this". The anesthesiologist held the mask there while me and one of the nurses held her feet and hands. She started to struggle and squirm and move around a lot, all while we were holding her hands and feet. It was probably only 20 seconds, but seemed like minutes and then she was asleep. I gave her a kiss and walked out with the nurse. She looked at me and said "Breathe". I let out a deep breath, not knowing I had been holding it.
Then came the tears
I got to see Dustin, that helped
We waited an hour and a half
They said it would be a 30 min procedure, we worried
Then the doc came out and told us it was bigger than he thought and came down her temple and attached to her scull. It was between the size of a quarter and a half dollar.
Then came the recovery, nine disolvable stitches and super glue to hold them in
That was not fun, she cried and cried and cried. Asked for her daddy to hold her. Told us to take the IV out of her hand. First she had to drink something. She gulped down some juice, gobbled up a Popsicle. She wouldn't let us change her back into her jammies so we came home with the hospital gown. She didn't settle down until she was in the warm car in my arms...
We are so thankful everything went smoothly. Thank you to all who thought about her today, fasted for her and prayed for her. We are so blessed to have so much support. I felt so much love from family and friends today.
At home she watched cartoons for a few hours and slept for a few hours
Now she's bouncing around the house as happy as can be
I think we're in for a LONG night...