My morning started at 4:45. Ugh! I am not an early bird, but more of a night owl gal. We had to be at the surgi center at 6:30 for registration. We didn't wake Jack up until about 20 minutes before we had to leave, that way he would have less time to dwell on the procedure. He was understandably a bit whimpery and nervous initially, but was quiet by the time we arrived at the center.
My husband doesn't do well in hospitals...for a "big caveman" kinda guy he's kind of a lightweight, so I went with Jack to the pre-op area. The pre-op nurse got him all settled into his own little waiting room, changed into a gown, hooked up to the BP monitor. The nurse, anesthesiologist and his ENT doctor talked and joked with him to make him feel comfortable. About 45 minutes later it was time for him to go. Jack gave me a hug and kiss and had his brave face on, and so did I...until after he was wheeled out...then I had some tears squeeze their way out of me. I didn't want him to see me teary, for fear it would scare him, so I waited until he left. You know it's that "mom thing" of wishing it was me, not him having surgery. I'm sure some of you moms know what I mean. I'm the kind of mom that can cry watching my kid walk in a parade! LOL!! I tease my mom and blame it on her, my sister's the same way...we cry 'cuz we're proud of them, worried or scared for them...
Within 45 minutes his doctor came out and said everything went well. There was 80% blockage in his nasal area from the adenoids, and they were large enough that they were growing back into the throat (if I remember correctly what he said). Jack did good in the recovery room. While we were in recovery, the nurse brought in a remote control if we wanted to turn on the TV. I have never seen a bigger remote control. I laughed because if you ever meet my husband, he has some big hands and fingers. In fact, he gets frustrated every time new cell phones and remote controls come out that are made smaller and have smaller buttons. When he uses the ATM machine, half the time he presses buttons he doesn't mean to press. Anyway, I had to take a picture of it.
It was amazing when Jack got home and napped, and slept last night, he didn't even come close to how he snored before. I did notice his voice sounds a bit different, slightly higher without sounding nasal. Today his throat is a bit scratchy, but he's feeling better and should be going back to school tomorrow. He has to wait until next week to get back to playing soccer with his team.
Whew! I am so glad it's over with and behind us, and I know Jack is too! Now I can check this off our "To Do" list. Here's a couple pre- and post-op pics of Jack and the infamous big TV remote control...
Have a good day!
|Jack and me waiting in the pre-op room.|
|Jack groggy, but happy to be going home!|
|My hubby loving this BIG remote control.|