|Pre-Surgery - Someone is getting tried of waiting!|
|Pre-Surgery - Her brother insisted on staying with her as he is her best entertainer.|
- Yes, it'll hurt, but we have medicine that'll help.
- Yes, you'll feel "weird" when you come out of the surgery, but mommy will be there waiting.
- Yes, you'll only eat soft foods for 3 weeks, but we'll have fun picking tasty new things to eat.
The waiting was tough as it would be for any child, but it's been much smoother then the previous surgeries. I really think it helped that she was able to understand and knew what to expect. It probably helped that the new Children's hospital is now open. They had so many cool activities to pass the time, plus watching their favorite movies on the big screen.
|On our way to surgery with the team.|
Side note: Her nurse had two adoptive children, one from China! We could've chatted all night. Well, I guess we kinda did.
|Our view from Riley's overnight recovery room. It's hard to see, |
but we had a perfect view of the lit sculpture in front of the hospital
Riley was pretty out of it most of the night, but was woken up every few hours for her medication. She was hungry (which she always is) and thirsty pretty quickly, which made the doctors and nurses happy. I got to sleep next to her in a comfy chair/bed. It wasn't horrible. Though my expectations were low. I didn't expect to get any sleep, but I surprisingly did. I think being in super-mommy-mode helped. It exhausted me. Her room had a HUGE flat screen with endless kid's movies, so we watched all her favorites. I turned off the TV sometime in the middle of the night and she woke up and got my attention and pointed at the TV. In a quiet little voice she said, "movie please?" You get anything you want tonight little girl! In these situations limited TV time does not apply.