Friday, September 30, 2005
Zack's doing GREAT
Zack is such an amazing little guy. We got to Johns Hopkins at 6:30am -- he didn't sleep at all on the way there because he knew something was up. Didn't fuss, just was curious as to where we were going. I had worried about how we were going to entertain a tired, hungry, cranky 2-year-old, but JH knows how to do things right -- they had a kid's waiting room that really made Zack happy.
Then, when they called us into the triage room, where they hook up everyone to their IVs and you basically just wait for surgery, JH again knew what they were doing. There were about 10 other people there for surgery, and the nurses did all of them before they even thought about doing a thing to Zack. And again, they had tons of toys and books that kept Zack entertained. Couldn't have asked for better. When the nurses came to start working with him, they told us that they wouldn't even start an IV until Zack was under the general anesthetic -- HUGE relief on my part.
The anesthesiologist (who was incredibly funny and very nice) gave Zack "baby Valium" and in about five minutes, Zack was a drunken sailor, listing to the left, toppling over from a sitting position, and giggling. We got a look at what he'll look like on a college campus one day, I'm afraid! They allowed me to suit up, and I got to carry him into the operating room. They put a mask on him to give him the gas, and he didn't even fight it. Kissed his little cheek and then it was out to wait.
The surgery is really minor -- in fact, many dentists do it under a local in their office, but with Zack being rather "non-cooperative", as the docs put it, this was the better option. They clipped the frenulum under his tongue, as well as the upper one, where the lip meets the upper gums, and in about five minutes they came out to get us to go to the recovery room.
Pediatrics has its own section of recovery. Zack was snoozing away, so Rick and I just sat to wait for him to wake up on his own. They warned us that most babies and little children wake up agitated, and they weren't kidding. He was NOT happy about the IV being in his arm, and he was making this keening noise like a little wild animal in fear that just broke my heart. And he is STRONG -- he was super hard to hold onto, and he kept trying to crawl up on us and over the bed to get away. They wanted him to drink something before they let him go, but after trying to get him calmed down by putting one of his favorite videos on and no dice, they decided to let him go. Once the IV came out, and Rick remembered he had a pacifier in his pocket, all was well. We think that because his tongue was still numb from the local they gave him, he didn't think it worked, so giving him his paci (which he only has at night, and I know, he shouldn't have it) comforted him.
About 45 minutes down the road we stopped at a Barnes and Noble so I could get Rick and I coffee (getting up at 3am is normal for Rick, but NOT for me) and I got Zack a soft pretzel, which he loves, and proceeded to devour. GREAT news there. Once we got home, we ALL took long naps, and after he woke up, it was like nothing had even happened... he was his regular self. He even went to preschool the following day and had a great time.
SO relieved. Now we do speech therapy twice a week, and occupational therapy once a week.
As a tension reliever for the long week, Rick took Zack after lunch today and I drove to Baltimore to meet a friend for the Intergem Gem and Jewelry show. Bought WAY more than I intended to but got some killer deals -- awesome gemstone pendants, lots of pearls, and some really terrific gemstones in cuts I've never seen anywhere else. So hopefully this weekend I can make up some new things that I can put on the web site -- I know it's been a while!