Everything got underway a little late this morning, and then the blood draw that we had requested be done while she was under anesthesia took longer than expected, so overall the whole thing took a while. But he discovered that her passageways look normal with no obstructions other than the tonsils and adenoids. The adenoids were obstructing 60-70% of her passageway, apparently, so out they came along with her good old enlarged tonsils.
After being off anesthesia she slept for over an hour before we could see her. It was a little nerve-wracking watching other parents keep going back while we continued to wait, but those drugs knocked our girlie right out!
And then the waking and the crying began. She was obviously in quite a bit of pain, alternating between falling asleep and crying. But I can calm her with cuddles and songs, so that's what we've been doing. That was my biggest worry going into this, hearing about how painful and rough the recovery process can be, especially for very small ones. Anesthesia is always a concern, but since she's already been through it a couple of times before that was less worrisome.
It seemed like forever until we could give her the first dose of post-op pain meds (but maybe that's just because the entire day has seemed to take forever), and they were obviously quite painful to swallow. But they've helped. She actually sat up afterward and played a little.
But she was still coughing infrequently over the weekend. And now with all the fluids gurgling around in there, and I imagine, the inflammation, she is coughing even more. And each time it hurts and makes her cry again. Right now she's sleeping, snoring away and making little wet gurgling sounds, and every little cough wakes her up and starts her crying again. I'm hoping that the 4 hour pain med schedule works for her.
In the meantime, we're just hoping that she gets some rest and that we all can manage a little shut-eye in this hospital room tonight. We're keeping fingers crossed that we'll get to go home tomorrow. The doctor wants to make sure that she's able to get enough liquids by mouth before he releases her, and also that she can keep her oxygen levels good. So far so good. She's even nursed a little. Go Cora!
I'll keep the updates coming. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.
|Playing with Daddy while we wait.|
|Sitting up and alert once the pain meds kicked in.|
|Looks like her playful spirit is back. In small bursts at least.|
|Snuggles and singing are doing the trick.|