As surgery day approached, I was getting more and more nervous. I knew in my head that it was a simple, routine procedure but my heart was terrified of my baby being wheeled off to surgery and it was all so out of my control. It certainly didn't help that Kyle was travelling for work and I was going through the whole process alone. That was really hard. Thankfully Kennedy was pretty excited to eat ice cream and would only get a little scared here and there.
She looked so small and fragile lying in the hospital bed...
And she was all done with pictures, thank you very much!
Once Rainbow got all suited up, Kennedy was in slightly better spirits.
Taking her blood pressure...
Rainbow getting sleepy medicine...
Kennedy was getting pretty anxious as her surgery time approached, so they offered to give her a mild relaxant. It made the transition so much easier (at least for Kennedy)...once she got her dose, she was calm and smiley. As we walked down the hall, wheeling her in the hospital bed, I tried so very hard to keep it together. I kissed her, prayed with her and then they took her into the operating room. And I lost it. It was a very, very long hour.
They came and got me once she was done with surgery and I sat with her in recovery. Unfortunately, this is when things didn't go quite as smoothly as we would have hoped. She woke, crying loudly, kind of thrashing around and in obvious discomfort. Again, I lost it. I must admit, it was just so hard to be by myself watching Kennedy suffer. The nurse who was attending to her was very sweet and tried to calm her down but then decided she'd need morphine. After two doses, Kennedy was zonked out again. And then her blood pressure (or oxygen levels?) began to drop, so she was given oxygen and allowed to slowly wake up again. Second time around was much better...she was sore and scared but she was doing much better!
Back in our little area, she fell asleep again and I just loved on her - in no rush to leave the safety of the hospital.
After a couple of hours Kennedy perked up and we were ready to head home
She even got a fun ride in a wheel chair!
She slept a lot on our car ride home, but then asked for ice cream. I stopped and got her a shake, but she really had no interest in food.
Asleep again...more than anything she was tired.
The first night was a bit rough, she woke around midnight in obvious pain and it was difficult to comfort her. She needed pain medicine but wasn't very willing to take it.
Thankfully after the first night, things got a little better.
The recovery took a full week, getting a little better before getting worse again. I was most worried about her lack of wanting to eat and it was visible that she had lost quite a few pounds.
she definitely looked more frail than normal for several days after surgery
After a week, she was on the mend and back to eating more like normal. It didn't take long for her to be back to her normal self.
And I'm super thrilled to report that the surgery was successful in helping her sleep better. She is getting more continuous and longer periods of sleep at night and her behavior has really improved, as well. I am so thankful that we decided to have this procedure and that it's now behind us!
Praising God for our healthy girl!!!
On a side note, spending the day at the children's hospital and seeing so many sick children and tiny preemies made me stop and appreciate the health of both of my kids. It's so easy to take that for granted but being in the hospital proved a good reminder of how very lucky we are.