Friday, October 30, 2015

An update


I've been feeling out of sorts for over a week now.  Tis the season for colds and the like and I would love some extra sleep.  The kids have/had the same thing going on only theirs was accompanied by a short-lived low grade fever and Allie had to use her inhaler this week for the first time in about a year.  I'm glad their flu shots were taken care of a few weeks ago.  

Anna underwent surgery last week for a second attempt with the deflux injection.  The doctor won't be able to test to see if it was successful for three months.  Thankfully, the surgery itself was free from complications.  Instead of a Friday, we opted for a day in the middle of the week because Anna would be scheduled as the first surgery of the day.  We wanted to avoid her going into the operating room after 5:00 PM again.  The only negative to this was being asked to arrive at the hospital at 6:00 AM.  I realize how incredibly lucky we are to have access to some of the best hospitals in the country so I hate to sound like I'm complaining but the traffic situation is out of control.  There is always traffic.  Our drive into the city should take an hour but because of traffic, we need to give ourselves at least two hours.  We decided not to do this on surgery day because at 5:00-5:30 in the morning, there shouldn't be any traffic.  Only there was.  Accident on the Expressway at 5:20.  Roadways turned into parking lots. So we arrived almost half an hour late.  Things moved quickly once we checked in so in the end, it all worked out okay.  There wasn't much downtime for Anna, which was a good thing.  They didn't give her any happy juice before wheeling her into the OR and I thought her demeanor was better than the last time when she awoke from surgery.  She was far less grumpy.  Still grumpy but she didn't tell me to shush so there's that.

I find it interesting that somewhere along the way, some psychologist or someone realized that it would be far less traumatic for the kids undergoing surgery to have their parents accompany them into the OR.   However, this isn't overly comforting for the parents.  Watching your kid's eyes roll back as she becomes lifeless.  Yeah, not such a good feeling.  I'm extremely grateful that there were no complications and that it's behind us.  I feel like I have to keep believing that this one will work and it will happen.

I cannot believe the month of October is done and over with tomorrow.  We had a big rain/wind storm blow through here the other day and a ton of leaves were wiped off of the trees, some possibly prematurely.  I was hoping to extend foliage season for as long as possible.


1 comment:

Lisa H. said...

I'm sorry to hear that you've been out of sorts. I hope the feeling passes soon. Although I'm sorry that Anna had to have surgery again, I hope that it will lead to better results this time around. Pros and cons to being in the OR for sure--how difficult to try and look brave for your daughter while remaining scared to death yourself. Sending good thoughts your way.