31 January 2011
How often I have I heard of moms taking their kids in for tonsilectomies, adenoids, gromits and worse? Very very often. I have given them my sympathies - the type of sympathy you give someone when you have NOT been through it yourself.
Hooli had some nodes/glands removed from his neck today. Turned out to be a couple in one spot that they took out under general anaesthetic.
It was a loooong day. I fetched him from school at 1030 (bearing in mind nil by mouth from 0730). I then fetched my mom and we were at the hospital at 1130. We did all the admin stuff and then waited a good 90mins in reception.
My son was an absolute gem. Not once did he complain of hunger, thirst or anything else. He just wanted it to be over. Oh, and he refused pointblank to wear any manky backless hospital gowns.
I went in with him until they put him to sleep. That was EXTREMELY traumatic. They did not warn me that their little bodies fight the anaesthetic. It was like he was having a seizure. I was completely traumatised and left the surgery an emotional mess. (but hiding it, of course).
The anaesthetist actually sms-ed me halfway through surgery to re-assure me that all was going well - clearly my stoic act hadnt worked on him! I cannot tell you the relief that text gave me.
Hooli took a looong time to wake up afterwards.
My mom and I sat with him for well over an hour trying to get him to come round but he fiercely resisted our efforts and had a great long snooze. We even tried putting Bieber on the iTouch to wake him but to no avail!
We eventually left the hospital at 1630 - just in time to hit rush hour traffic. Took me almost 90mins to get home (for a 40min trip). I was extremely thankful that Hooli slept the entire way.
He is very chirpy now but complaining of some pain in his neck. Understandably. :-) He is colouring in and eating me out of house n home.
He is a little hero - for sure and for certain.