|Getting ready for surgery|
The nurses then gave her a bit of tylenol which upset her as she was getting quite hungry by this point and then they put a little bit of numbing medication on her little hands to numb the area for insertion of the IV. After all that they led us to a little waiting room outside of the OR to wait to chat with the anaesthetist and the surgeon prior to her surgery. The anaesthesiologist informed us that they would be putting her under with gas and that he would take extra special care of her while the orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Dulai, answered any last minute questions that we had. They told us that they thought it would all be done within two hours and asked us to say goodnight to our little girl before they took her into the OR. Both grandmas were there with us, and we passed her around for some final kisses before she was taken into the OR by the nurse. I'm not going to lie, it is very difficult to hand your 4 month old over to strangers for surgery!
Now we just had to wait...and wait. By 1 p.m. we still hadn't heard anything so her dad went to talk to the charge nurse about the status of the operation, after some phone calls were made down to the OR, we were informed that the surgery had been completed and that they were just moving her to the recovery room, after which they would bring her up to the ward. By 2 p.m. we were informed she was on her way up to us so we got ready to greet her. When they wheeled her over to her room, she was so pale and groggy it was a bit scary. Her colour had gone from pink to grey and she was letting out the saddest little whimpers! Her dad and I were prepared for screaming, but I think the whimpering was somehow worse! She was placed in a room with a very sick little boy, Kael, who at two months old had already undergone multiple surgeries to correct issues with his bowels and intestines which were formed outside of his body at birth. Right away we realized how trivial our little procedure had been, and how fortunate we are to have a healthy happy baby with correctable hip issues! That poor little boy was in so much pain and cried constantly for relief.
|Just out of surgery and not too happy|
Later that afternoon, her auntie Wendy popped by and between her and the grandmas cooing at her, we were able to get a few smiles before the night was through. She was doing much better than her mum. It probably doesn't matter what age they are, it is hard to see your child in pain! Her daddy stayed with her all through the night and when I got back to the hospital at 5 a.m. the next morning I found them wandering the hallways of the stollery. Her dad had her in his arms and had tethered her IV pole to his belt and was walking her around the hospital in an effort to soothe her. They both looked incredibly exhausted but he told me that she did really good and despite her best efforts to sleep, the crying baby she was rooming with was just too much for them both to bear.
We walked her back to her room, after which her dad wandered out to the hallway to find a couch to grab some much needed sleep. Addison too only took a few minutes to drift off to sleep once I placed her in her crib and hummed a lullaby to her softly. They both got a few hours sleep before we got the news that the MRI might be a bit of a wait. Turns out that the stollery has 2 MRI machines, one of which was dedicated to emergency care, the other for inpatients. Because one of them had broken down, they just had the one for everybody and the nurses were not sure whether or not they would get us in for her MRI. The purpose of the MRI was for the surgeon to double check that her hips had stayed in place following the casting and we were not to be discharged until that MRI took place and the surgeon had the radiologists report in hand. It looked to us like it was going to be another long day! Her dad and I figured out a way to get her strapped into her stroller so we spent the majority of the day strolling her around the hospital. She was an amazing little baby, she was back to her old self and it was as if she was not even aware of the whole cast situation...despite the fact that the cast runs from her armpits to her ankles!
|Good as new the day after|
|One of the amazing nursing staff at the Stollery, Ariane|
|During the long wait for the MRI we entertained ourselves by strolling around the hospital|
After a quick stop for some diapering and sleeping supplies, we got Addie home at 9 p.m. and she was so cute...she was so happy to be home that as we walked her around the house she was cooing and oohing over everthing she saw...clearly as relieved as her mom and dad to be back at home sweet home. Her first night home we had purchased a wedge and a memory foam pillow to help her sleep better. The wedge just elevates her back a little and the memory foam pillow we slip under her ankles to help support them when she is on her back as her legs are casted a few inches off the mattress when she is on her back and need to be supported in order to ensure a comfy sleep. She slept really well, only waking twice during the night in need of some soothing. She is a little fussier when she wakes in the night, but all in all, not as bad as we had anticipated as I had heard stories of kids not sleeping at all when they are casted. How lucky are we to have such a good baby?