i honestly can't believe that little m's surgery has happened!
it was such a fight for it to happen, with so many ups and downs along the way...
we left our house at 5:30 to get to stanford in time to check in.
we took lots of pictures and video along the way since when little m is bigger this day will be such an important part of her personal history!
grandma and grandpa drove up to meet us early and be there for the surgery. m was silly as can be, despite the early wake up call and no breakfast. she was crawling around in the waiting room and climbing on us as we waited to be called in.
little i.d. band for our little patient.
her surgery took place in the regular surgery facility,
so she was the only tiny person in the pre-op and post-op areas!
they were scrambling to find her a teeny gown and socks.
our nurse couldn't figure out how to get her blood pressure with the equipment she had, so there seemed to be some makeshift action going on...
m was very playful as the nurse took her vitals and got her ready.
waiting with her daddy for the doctor to fill us in + give us the okay
dr. ort, one of the doctors from california ear institute came and initialed m by each ear
it was a little scary to hand m over to the anesthesiologist and say goodbye,
but he was so friendly and experienced that it really reassured us.
m was fixated on his hat so we watched them walk down the long hallway.
we just stood there for a couple of minutes hugging and praying that our baby would be safe, and then went out to wait.
some of us read, paced, chatted, texted...
sometimes while we waited we were surrounded by lots of friends and family
other times it was a little more on the quiet side
i kept looking up at the big computer screen that tracked all of the procedures for the day.
it kind of reminded me of the screen at the dmv,
when you are waiting for your number to pop up...
finally they finished the surgery!!!! and came out to get us.
but only one parent could go back and be with her. without even asking i said, "i'll go!" and left matt in the dust.
dr. roberson (who i think is fabulous) came by to fill me in on the surgery;
he said everything had gone as well as possible,
and that m had done a great job!
she alternated between sleeping and being very upset and inconsolable as she came out of the anesthesia. they had no room for us in the children's hospital, so matt and i took turns holding her in the recovery room. it was a very long wait, from about 11 when the surgery finished to 6 pm. um, yeah. 7 hours of tag-team baby holding until they could locate a room for her.
they just wanted to monitor her overnight since she's only ten months old.
unfortunately, the room they finally got us was in the pediatric oncology wing.
and we had to share, so we traipsed in to this poor little boy's room who is fighting freaking cancer.
a four year old + cancer.
it kind of put a damper on us post-surgery.
i am not kidding you,
it always puts things in perspective for me to spend a couple of minutes (or the night)
in a children's hospital.
we may have quite the road ahead of us with little m,
but our journey will be a lot easier than many others'.
we figured m was slowly recovering when she dove into a bowl of cheerios, although her fine motor skills were, well, a little on the slow motion side of things...
for once our little one was snuggle city
be fooled by this photo.
my daughter did not sleep in her crib.
m slept until about 9 pm and then she was awake all night long.
we walked the halls, i.v. in tow, and made friends with the nurses, flipped through the channels on the lounge's tv, and looked at the art lining the walls.
the next morning her doctor came and took off her fancy purple bandages,
and said we were free to go!
now she just has small band-aids over her incision sites (behind each of her ears);
we head back to the surgeon next week to make sure it all looks good, but she seems to be adjusting to her old self!
we will go in a few weeks to get the external portion of her implants, and to get them mapped, which is when she will get sound in those lil' ears!