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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Surgery report

Thank you for the prayers and well wishes for Emily's surgery! She sailed through the surgery with flying colors though she had a little bit of a reaction after it where she was really dizzy for a while and then she couldn't stop crying from the time she got back to the room to the time she fell asleep for about 20 minutes before we left. She kept saying "I can't stop crying and I don't know why" and "what happened to me?" and she even said once "I'm so confused!" She knew that she couldn't control her crying and that is fairly unusual for a kiddo her age who just got out of surgery. She was supposed to have this "amnesiatic" reaction to the anesthesia, however, up until her nap she remembered most everything before the surgery and after it. After her nap she no longer remembered me singing to her in the hospital room to get her to try and sleep longer to shake the worst of the effects of the anesthesia off and she didn't remember her dad carrying her to the car.

Most of the day Friday she was hyper and spunky and I kept trying to have her calm down and slow down but she was just extra over-stimulated. Pretty much this whole weekend she was in SUPERHYPERACTVITY land. OY! She's supposed to be taking it easy this weekend per the doctor's orders and is to have no running, no jumping no hanging upside down for the next WEEK and I kept having to tell her "no running...no, Emily, do not hang upside down...don't jump like that…EMILY, do NOT put your head over the side of the bed like that!" and on and on.

After the surgery the doctor came out and said that the fluid in her ears had ceased to be fluid and had become this thick substance (think like the consistency of cold syrup) and had significantly cut down on her ability to hear. He also said that her adenoids had been huge and that I was most likely correct in that they had been interfering with her sleeping and causing her to stop breathing (before surgery he thought that it might have been her tonsils causing her to stop breathing b/c that is typically what causes apnea apparently). I told him that I thought that it was most likely her adenoids b/c she snores with her mouth closed most of the time when she does snore and that is where the stopping breathing came in. Now, she's snoring and has not stopped breathing once yet.

She did say that she was hearing A LOT better already and that things were actually too loud for her ears. She did ask Friday morning if she would be able to hear from far away again now that she got the tubes put in. She let me know Friday night that, yes, she can hear from far away now. I have a couple of funny pics from the hospital before surgery while she was like a little loopy drunk person but haven't uploaded those yet so I may or may not post them later.


Jean-Luc Picard said...

Good to hear that the surgery went so well, Nic. I'm sure those pics of Emily drunk and loopy will be fun!

Duke_of_Earle said...

Great news, Nic. I was sure it would go well, but it's always nice to get confirmation. Now you'll have to watch carefully what you mutter under your breath when she's in the next room!


Laurel Wreath said...

Good to hear (literally and figuratively).