Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Today was the day....the day for ear tubes and adenoidectomy that is! The picture above is Devin in the waiting room before we went into the back to get prepped. When Devin was all ready to go in (and Mommy was all dressed up in her jumpsuit) the camera phone wanted to take a video! Silly thing! And time was tight, so alas no picture of the cutie in his johnny.
Devin did extremely well with surgery. We got him dressed, as I mentioned, and I put on the jumpsuit so that I could bring him in and stay with him until he was asleep. He started to get nervous once we were inside the operating room. I pointed out his Ear Nose and Throat Doctor, whom he is familiar with and the doctor said hello to him and then I put him on the table. I stroked Devin's face and placed his bear close as I talked to him. They put the sleepy gas mask up close to his face and I told him how it was just like doing his nebulizer "mask" at home. Devin was okay with the mask because he is so used to doing the neb. He started saying, "I want Mommy, I want Mommy!" but in a calm tired kind of way. That was sad. Once he fell asleep he was snoring and his eyes were half closed and I felt sad as I left.
We waited for a half hour in the waiting room nearby. Erick went and got me a caramel macciatto (sp?) from the mini Starbucks in the hospital caf. YUM!
The 1/2 hour went by fairly quickly and the doctor came in to tell us that the surgery went well. There was a lot of fluid in the ears, which he removed, and the adenoids were large as suspected. We had to wait another 10 or 15 minutes until they were ready for us to come in to be with Devin. When I went in, I got to hold my big boy like a little baby. That made me feel like a very much needed mommy. He was all wrapped up in a warm blanket and still lacking head control. He quickly gained back control of himself as he perked up a lot when he saw us and wanted juice and then had a Popsicle. It was a rapid process from there. He had some toast and soon we were released and on our way home.
At home Devin took two naps today, a 2.5 hour nap and an almost 2 hour nap. He has been treated with ice cream and cookies (but yes, he also had yogurt and milk and a real dinner!) and lots of TV.
Now we just hope that all of this was worth it! I hope that this increases his health, well-being, and his hearing.