Wednesday, March 6, 2013
There was no crying, no fussing, and she totally cooperated about putting on her little scrub suit and lab coat. Her daddy carried her out the door with her tiny medical kit in her hand. (She did NOT want to wear the surgical cap today.)
After a brief wait, the nurse took us back to Ellie's pre-op room, squirted a bit of sedation medicine down her throat, and then she was changed into a tiny hospital gown and funny hospital socks that were essentially thigh-highs.
As her balance became a bit impaired, she easily snuggled against mom Lindsay.
Of course she had already easily won over the hearts of the nursing staff. They had really enjoyed seeing this tiny patient of theirs coming into their ward dressed in mini-scrubs.
Soon, the surgical team came and wheeled her away to the operating room. As she rolled down the hall she looked back toward us, but there were no tears. I looked at my watch and it said 8:05 AM.
At 8:25 the surgeon came back to us and told us all had gone well. He also reported that he discovered during the surgery that Ellie had another ear infection going on in her right ear. We all looked at that piece of news as confirmation that this procedure really needed to be done.
They prescribed some ear drops to be used 5 drops at a time, twice a day in both ears for 7 days.
After a bit Ellie experienced the best part of her morning: an orange popsicle. The nurse advised us not to feed Ellie milk or fatty foods until several hours had gone by.
I've heard of so many children having tubes implanted in an attempt to solve the issue of repeated ear infections, and I've written this post for two reasons. First, I wanted to let the family and friends of Ellie know that her minor surgery today went well. Secondly, I wanted to let my readers know what is involved with this type of procedure, and what could be expected at the hospital should a relative of yours need this procedure.
Of course, Ellie was a model patient. As we carried her out past the nurses' station, we heard them talking among themselves about that little cutie wearing the scrub suit and having her own little stethoscope.
Yup, that's our Ellie.