Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Update on Nichole's Surgery

This morning, we arrived at 6:15 am at Children's Hospital for Nichole's tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, and possible ear tubes. It was an early morning, but Nichole was happy as we got out of the car. I kept thinking, she has no idea what is about to happen!

We talked about the surgery with Nichole. We do think she understood it to some extent, and she was mildly cooperative in the morning. That is, until they had her take her pajamas off and put on the hospital gown. I can't figure out how to paste video from my phone here, so check out this linkhttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151797109752802 on my Facebook page. It was pretty cute, and you get a pretty good sense of Nichole's communication skills.

Nichole gets pretty worked up with doctors and getting her vitals checked. At first, we thought she would loose it, but she pulled it together.

Here she is, resigned to wear her scrubs and right before surgery.

She is a daddy's little girls, and was happy having daddy with her. Although she did not like daddy getting scrubs on either.

And here they go, ready for surgery and Nichole is waving good-bye. At this point, she really had no idea that when she saw me again, she would be in pain.

They called us to recovery, and Nichole was already sitting on the bed. Wobbly from anesthesia, a wonderful nurse helping her. She was whimpering, mainly when she saw she had an IV. She knew there was something different in her mouth, but when I asked if it hurt she said no, and pointed at the IV to come out.

 We hung out at the recovery room for a while. Nichole settled down and was watching Strawberry Shortcake, and later on Curious George. The beauty of technology! They told us that technology works better helping kids with pain and anxiety even compared to drugs. I will have to agree.

After a while, they took us to our room and Nichole nestled with daddy.

 And then when the nurse said she could put her Frog jammies back on, she was one happy girl!

We are waiting. The plan is for us to spend the night. It is a precaution that most hospitals take with kids who have Down syndrome or other special needs to make sure that they are okay going home with oxygen levels, or any complications that might arise.

When Nina had her surgery, due to her oxygen levels we ended up staying there for 2 nights.

How is Nichole doing? So much better than we expected! She is drinking, without us pushing it, she wants to. And eating? She ate an entire plate of noodles, and she was asking for more food as Andy and I were eating.

She is amazing!

The main thing right now, is handling her pain. Which so far we have kept on top of it.

What a trooper we have!

Thank you so much for all of you praying for my sweet girl. We appreciate those prayers more than you know!

1 comment:

  1. I'm thrilled to know that Nichole is on the mend already! Good for her, the rascal. Although my particular experiences were different from hers in terms of the surgery itself, the end never changes - as long as you're awake and eating, everyone's happy! I remember my aunt used to sneak me BLTs from the cafeteria once I was up to food again. ;)


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