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>Update Day 1, 9:30 AM

March 8, 2011

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This is Joy at about 7:00 AM in pre-op. We got her up at 5:15 and as we drove away from the house, looking out the window, Joy observed, “Dark!” Joy went into surgery about 7:30 AM and has been in surgery for two hours now. Everything is going well.
This is our second trip to the operating room at Gillette. Last time, I knew I could ask to walk her back to the OR and stay with her until she fell asleep. This time, she clearly remembered last time and started crying almost as soon as we walked in the doors. I don’t think it is a memory of pain. But she recognized it as a place where something unpleasant happened: a stranger made her lie on her back on a table with bright lights overhead, held a mask on her face and wouldn’t let her take it off. It lasted only about 30 seconds last time (before the anesthesia kicked in) but that was long enough to register.

We had a different anesthetist this time. As soon as Joy started crying, she told me to pick Joy up off the table and gave me a chair to sit in with Joy in my lap. Then when I started to take the pacifier out of Joy’s mouth (as instructed last time), she said, “Oh no! Let her keep it!”  Joy fell asleep sitting up in my lap with her beloved paci in her mouth while breathing anesthetic. They transferred her to the table  after she was asleep. Who knew?! Next time I’ll insist on this.

So far it sounds like the opinion with Joy under anesthetic is that she may not need the planned soft-tissue work (muscle lengthening). But she will be coming out in a body cast anyway because she is so slight that her surgeons think they’ll need to screw her femurs back together with infant-size plates, where another child of her height might receive the bigger, stronger toddler-size.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2011 1:27 pm

    >all of us are praying here – thanks for the update

  2. March 8, 2011 1:56 pm

    >God is Good! Keeping you guys in my prayers 🙂

  3. March 9, 2011 7:17 am

    >We're always alarmed for her health. also We're at Joy´s devotions prayers.

  4. March 9, 2011 8:37 am

    >We're always alarmed for her health. also We're at Joy´s devotions prayers.

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