Monday, October 27, 2008

A little update on the pre-op stuff

Thank you all for your wonderful comments yesterday. I truly appreciate each and every one of them. And while I certainly appreciate the comment that was in German, I can't say that I understand what it said. However, assuming it was something helpful/nice/funny/wise, thank you as well! Haha.

I just wanted to post a quick update about the pre-op stuff. I called the pediatric cardiologist's secretary today and asked about the whole sedation thing. I asked if it would be o.k if we tried the echo without the sedation first and if it didn't go well, then moving on to the sedation. I told her that Dylan has had 3 echos in the past and has never had to be sedated. He has always done very well. She said that we could try it, but to come prepared for the sedation - ie. not feeding him 6 hours prior to the echo. Um, wait just a sec, 6 hours? I told her that I was told 4. Her response: "Oh right, 4. Yeah, sorry. Is there anything else I can help you with?".

Gr. I really can't stand it when I am made to feel like an inconvenience just because I am concerned about my baby.

Anyway, like Jen said in her comment, I do realize that in the big scheme of things this is small potatoes. My baby is about to have open heart surgery and I am worried about a little sedation. I don't really know why I'm choosing to worry about this. Maybe because if I worry about this, then I'm not thinking about the BIG thing...you know...the heart surgery.

11 comments:

Kimberly said...

I am glad you called. Don't feel like you are an inconvience, this is your baby. Ask as many questions as you want!

Tricia said...

Glad you called. Sadly, one thing you will probably find out over the course of the surgery and Dylan's life--doctors, nurses, their reception staff--they can all be big pains in the butt. They will change what they say and when and it'll depend on WHO you talk to and they will half-answer things. Oh! It can be really frustrating. Just stick to your guns, always wait until you get an answer, push if it's not the answer you want, and occasionally decide it's not worth the battle (depending on the situation). It's hard and frustrating, but ultimately...its what we all have to do.

Totally understandable that you are trying to focus on anything but the surgery. I get it.

Karly said...

{hugs} I know the anticipation must be awful. My kiddo had a very minor outpatient procedure when she was 6 months old and I was a mess. You are doing wonderful.

Lis said...

Mom's worry. Its our JOB!

Lis said...

Woops, hit reply too quickly.

Remember when Tanner had his tubes? I was FREAKED about the sedation. Its normal! Not in the same class or universe as the surgery, but similar to the echo.

Cathy said...

I'm glad you called! It's your child and you have every right to see if there's a way to do it without sedation.

btw...I love what Cassidy says when she sees Lily's picture...too cute. Even my hubby said...ahhhhhh.

Jeanette said...

Mom's instincts are there for a reason. We are praying for little Dylan, and for you as well.

Cleo said...

Thank you for the update!!!. Laurie, as Dylan’s mother you are his best guardian and protector. Because he is your son you have his highest interest therefore you have the right to ask all the questions you feel like asking. Keep in mind that during the surgery chapter you need to listen to your mother instinct at all times, it will guide you and others in the right direction, trust it, it is always right, specially in trying times.
Stay calm, positive and strong. Sending positives thoughts and energies your way. Everything is going to be OK ~

Gabriela said...

:-)) I think of you. Your love will give you the strength which you need. You are doing great!
lg Gabriela, aus der Schweiz!

Amy said...

I'm glad you were able to voice your concern. You are the mother afterall and you should have your concerns heard without feeling like you are being an inconvenience, which you were not being. :hugs: you are holding up really well.

Jen said...

It drives me crazy when you get conflicting information from medical professionals. Get your act together, people!

I certainly didn't mean to imply that you shouldn't worry about the sedation thing...of course it's concerning and you have every right to question whether it's necessary. So I hope it didn't come across that way. I would be worried too, and I was, when I was in that position! I think it's natural for you, at this point, to take things one step at a time, worrying about each individual procedure or step in the whole shebang, rather than the operation as a whole. It's the only way to get through each day, you know? Deal with what's in front of you right then and there. Keep doing that, and before you know it, you'll be on the other side of the surgery.

Sending good thoughts your way.