Monday, February 13, 2012

Out of Surgery

Little Beanie is snoring way in the hospital crib, as we try to rest for a bit.  It's been a fairly long day, but things are going pretty well.

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.

Update: the darn meds don't hold her for nearly long enough. So lots of screaming and crying in pain but nothing we can do. Just gave her the next round, causing hysteria like I've never seen. Waiting for them to kick in. Feels like this is going to be rough.


  1. I hope Cora is feeling better soon! So glad the surgery went well!

  2. Glad to hear its going well even if it's slow. Feel bad for Cora with the pain :( Keep us posted. Love you.
    -Aunt Teenie

  3. I'm glad Cora did so well in surgery. I hope she recovers quickly. :)

  4. ooh sweet girl! I am so relieved to have an update from you. I have been praying for Miss Cora. It sounds like she had some honking huge adenoids!

  5. Hang in there! I'm glad it went well and soon she'll feel better and you'll be able to tell if it's helped her. My daughter had the same surgery at 5 and it was rough so I can only imagine what it's like with a little one. Hugs!

  6. Kiss the Beautiful Princess for us. Hope you all get some rest

  7. So glad Cora was able to have surgery today. Praying that the meds work and she has a speedy, uneventful recovery!!!! Everyone deserves sleep soon :-)

  8. oh, i feel for you!!! i know exactly what you and her are going through. see if you can't get a different med OR if you can alternate some meds so she is never on the tail end of one. remember, around days 5-7 are the worst, even if she seems ok before then. hang in there, 2 weeks and she'll be like new again!

  9. Aw, I don't like thinking of little Cora being in pain. I'm glad everything went well though, I hope she is well enough to go home soon! Thinking of you guys :)

  10. Just checking back to see if there was any more updates on Cora. I'm sure she's keeping you busy as she recovers. Ben is sending her a get well soon/Valentine's Day kiss:)

  11. Poor thing. I hope the pain doesn't last long. So sorry : ( Hang in there.


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