Thursday, January 15, 2009
Sheena minus tonsils and adenoids
Sheena had her ENT surgery yesterday. The procedure was tough on Sheena-Poppy, and she was in recovery for over 2 hours while other children were through recovery within 20 minutes. That was by far her most troubling time. Her oxygen sats were in the low 90s, so she needed extra oxygen to keep it there. She needed two lots of morphine, as she was screaming in pain. She eventually settled, but was clinging to me like a koala bear, and it took us over 4 hours before we could convince her to have a lie down on her own bed once we were on the ward. Here she is on the ward looking pale and red around the eyes. The morphine made her eyes and nose all itchy, not to mention all the crying.
We thought fluid intake would be impossible, but when she eventually agreed to have something about 4 hours after surgery, she guzzled over 500mls of milk without bringing it back up, then had a muslei bar for dinner. Her night was ok considering. A few wake ups and some pain relief at 4am, but that was expected. At 10.20pm when I was reading in the seat next to her in bed, she sat right up, but remained completely asleep. She sat there for 5 minutes, in a deep sleep. I was just watching but wanted to know what would come of it. Her oxygen sats then dipped to 88, and she woke up crying, but easily resettled. I suspect it was a sleep apnea episode - it was very spooky almost to watch her sleeping like that. Otherwise he breathing overnight was very quiet (not to mention the mum of the baby in the bed opposite).
Today she is slowly recovering with good pain relief every four hours. She'll have a quiet week ahead, and will hopefully be better than ever.