Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Texas Children's is awesome

Little Bit got his ear tubes yesterday with no problems. We had to be at the care center 2 hours before the procedure, but there were lots of toys in the waiting room. Little Bit had a great time running from toy to toy with the other children. Watching him play kept me from worrying.

The doctors came to ask us all the necessary questions and to meet Little Bit. They were all great in talking to him. As we all walked toward the surgery rooms, one doctor asked him if he wanted to ride in the wagon. He eagerly climed in, and she pulled the wagon. We turned a corner, and the doctors told us to give him a kiss. It was time for us to part. With that, the doctor took off at a very fast clip, zooming down the hallway with Little Bit hanging on, his eyes big as saucers, suprised, but having fun. (Going so fast in the wagon keeps the children from realizing that mom and dad aren't following, so I'm sure thats why she did that.)

The procedure itself takes only 15 minutes, so we didn't have long before the doctor came back out. He walked us to the recovery room. Seeing Little Bit asleep in that hospital crib, hooked up to all the monitors, with a tube keeping his airway open...well, thankfully, we hadn't even sat down before he stirred. He cried and was disoriented. The nurse let me try nursing him right away to see if he tolerated breast milk after the anaesthesia. I am so, so thankful that we are still nursing. Little Bit drew comfort in my arms as he shook off the effects of the drugs. I think it helped quite a bit. When we left the hospital, he was lying in my arms, still a little disoriented, but just watching everything. He threw up in the car ride home and slept a lot yesterday afternoon, but otherwise was just fine the rest of the day.

He didn't sleep through the night last night, even though I was hoping he would finally start doing that after ear tubes to relieve the ear pressure. Ah, well, someday...

1 comment:

Mama Drama Jenny, the Bloggess said...

Poor little thing! Hopefully this is the first step on the path to sleep.