Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Going Tubing

Oh how I wish this post was about going tubing down the river, but that would mean that it was actually warm enough to put on a swimsuit without becoming hypothermic.  Well okay, maybe it’s not that cold here, but it’s definitely not warm enough to bring out the swimsuits yet (although I’ve already bought the kids some really cute swim gear!).

No, this post is about a different kind of tubes – ear tubes.  Charlotte had surgery this morning to have ear tubes put in.  She had to be at the hospital at 6:15 this morning.  That meant my alarm clock went off at 5AM.  I now understand why my husband has such a geriatric bed time.  Getting up at 5:00 is not easy! (Jarrod gets up at 5:00 for work.) 

Charlotte was the first ear surgery of the day since she was the youngest patient.  She had not had anything to eat or drink since 7:15 last night, and did not seem to be bothered by it when we got to the hospital.

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She kept herself busy by testing out the bounciness of the bed, smiling at all of the nurses and other patients, and “talking” very loudly.  The nurses came and took her back a little before 7:00. 

Since ear tubes is only about a 5 minute surgery, she got anesthesia through a mask rather than an IV.  I was taken back to the post-op waiting room around 7:15 and told that everything went great and the doctor would be in shortly.  The doctor came in and said that there were no complications, but Charlotte’s right ear was pretty infected.  She is getting ear drops in both ears, so they should help with the infection. 

About the time Dr. Jacobson was finishing up, I heard Charlotte down the hall waking up….and NOT happy.  I was taken to post-op, and the nurses gave me Charlotte.  Luckily, I had already made a bottle up because the little girl was hungry.  She guzzled down 6 ounces in nothing flat and was then a happy girl.  We were able to leave the hospital around 8:00 after some paper work and instructions from the nurses.

Charlotte slept on the ride back to the house, but perked up as soon as we got home and she saw her daddy and big brother.  The nurses told me to expect her to be groggy and wobbly today, and said that she would probably want to be held a lot.  Boy were they wrong!  Charlotte has been playing hard, and is up to taking 11 steps at a time walking all the way across the living room and into the kitchen.  Who knows, maybe the tubes are giving her better balance.  She did get tired after lunch, and this is what I found when I came downstairs from putting Trenton down for his nap.

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This has NEVER happened!  I put Charlotte up in her bed, and she slept about two hours.  She has been playing hard ever since. 

Hopefully we’re on the road to a healthy little girl and maybe just maybe one who can sleep through the night!

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