Monday, October 13, 2008
Surgery, Part 3
Oy! So, remember when I said that her plastic surgeon said that her mid August surgery was her last? Just kidding! At her follow up appointment at the end of September, her surgeon noted that her hemangioma was growing towards her left eye. Soooooo, another surgery was scheduled for Oct. 10th. She was the first one scheduled, so we had to be there at 6am. UGH! This time, I was allowed to go back into the operating room to calm Ellie down for the anesthesia! The doctors and nurses kept preparing me for the procedure. They said she would cry and scream, etc. So, I was prepared to be strong. When the doctor put her gas mask on, she just started licking the air! No tears!!! No screams!!! Just licking like a puppy dog. Evidently, the gas is fruit flavored. The doctors and nurses all commented that this NEVER happens. Then, a nurse escorted me back to the pre-op room to get Artie. We made our way to the post-op room to wait for Ellie. As soon as we got to the post-op room, the doctor came and said the surgery was over and that NOW he thinks this was the last surgery. :) He beefed up the intensity of the lasers and worked in a wider area, so hopefully this will stun all the cells to keep them from growing. He also said that the growth is more fiberous than before, which is supposedly good. The nurses came in and said that Ellie would be rolled in to the room in a minute, but she would be upset when waking up from the anesthesia. So, Artie and I sat and stared at Ellie until she woke. And, surprise surprise---Ellie woke up just like she was waking up from a nap! She looked over at us and gave us a big ol' smile. The nurses were all surprised that she didn't have a meltdown when waking up from the anesthesia. She's such a good girl. :)
Mimi and Oppa came into town for this surgery, so Ellie had a wonderful weekend. So did Mommy and Daddy, because we were able to sleep in instead of waking up at 7:30. Mimi and Oppa spoiled us, too!