Getting ready for surgery
I love all of this attention!
Getting his last bit of TV
My 10-year-old son T, had his eye surgery on Wednesday. We are thrilled to have it over with. He was a real trooper through the entire ordeal. We had taken the tour that the hospital offered to try to calm his fears. You can read about it here if you want.
Anyway, the morning of surgery, my son wanted my husband to go with him while I ran kids to school. I really didn’t want to go with him to be put under the anesthesia, because I have heard (from my husband) that it is really emotional. I was already emotional, so I’m glad he wanted his dad.
My son knew where to go and what do because of the tour. He seemed to be totally comfortable my husband said. It all went very well until they started to wheel his bed to be put out. He got really nervous for that couple of minutes. My husband said he did a great job breathing in the gas and was asleep in about 20 breaths.
I got to the hospital at about 9:15, his surgery started about 9:10. They wheeled him out of his room to go to surgery right about 9:00. It took a few minutes to get everything organized. My husband was already waiting in the waiting room. The surgery took about an hour and a half. Then we talked with the surgeon who said that everything went according to plan. We were then sent back to the waiting room to wait to see him in the recovery room. That was the longest 30 minutes ever!
When we saw him, he hadn’t awakened yet. He was crying in his sleep and he had the worst grimace on his face. I felt so badly for him. His pain was a 6 or 7 on a scale of 1-10. They gave him some IV painkillers quickly and some oral Tylenol and his pain went down to a 3.
My first look at him after the surgery
It hurts me to see him hurting so much
Just out of surgery
We have him some Coke to sip slowly. He was pretty thirsty. He didn’t have any nausea, which they said was common with this eye procedure, and he had no nausea from the pain medication!
We were out of the recovery room in about an hour. He rode quietly reclined in the van with a cold wash cloth covering his eyes with no problems.
Resting at home on the recliner
He rested at home in the recliner with sunglasses covering his eyes because they were so sensitive to the light. He put his glasses on a few hours later and then was up playing a game on the computer. His eyes were still very sore, but the computer seemed to distract him from the pain.
Up and on the phone and computer with a bowl full of candy just a few hours later...amazing!
We had to put ointment in his eyes that evening and that was terrible. His eyes were very swollen and sore to touch, but we had to get the antibiotic in there. With a lot of crying and repeated tries, we were finally able to get the job done.
He slept through the night and the next morning his eyes were gooey like they said, but not as bad as I thought. A warm compress loosened the gunk and he was good to go. His eyes were the sorest on day 2.
Day 3 we headed to the doctor for our post surgery appointment. They want to rule out infection, and thankfully everything looks great!