Bean’s surgery went just fine on Tuesday. Thank you all so much for your prayers, kind words and warm wishes.
She was a happy little camper during the whole pre-op process. She was goofy and silly and running around. She only asked to eat once.
The whole procedure was only supposed to take about 20 minutes. It ended up taking closer to 40. Dr. R met with us before Bean was even awake to tell us how it went. He started off by saying, “We never know how these things are going to go,” which wasn’t exactly comforting, but I think he said that more in reference to the fact that it took him longer. He said that her tear duct was so tight and narrow that he couldn’t even find the opening at first and therefore he wasn’t surprised that the probe Dr. H did in April didn’t work. Even though it was difficult, he got the stent in, so the success rate is still about 90%. The kicker is that we won’t know if it worked until we take it out in three months. And how’s this for irony — since the stent is blocking her tear duct (it’s solid, not hollow and her tears drain around it), her eye likely will tear until we take it out. Hah. He warned us not to be alarmed if we saw her eye tearing and said that it has no bearing on the success rate. If for some reason this doesn’t work, he said something about connecting her tear duct directly to her tear sac, or referring us to an ocular plastic surgeon. God forbid. I don’t think it will come to that. I think this will work.
When Bean woke up she was pretty upset and difficult to console (she’s always been difficult to console). Definitely more so than last time. I think the difference was that the anesthesiologist had to use some morphine. Prior to the procedure she told us that Bean got acetaminophen with the Versed, then during the surgery she would get ibuprofen through the IV, and if necessary she would get a narcotic. I think they gave her the morphine because it took Dr. R so long to get the stent in and because he really had to work at it. I’m sure it wasn’t pleasant to have someone digging around in her eye and nose (she does have a little sore spot under her nostril too). As the anesthesiologist said, “He was really working on her quite a while.”
Bean was pretty groggy for the rest of the morning and slept on the way home. She ate a boatload of food for lunch, took a nap that wasn’t long enough, and in general was just kind of ornery for the rest of the day. But other than that, she was fine!
I am so thankful that it went well.
And you have no idea how relieved, no, RELIEVED I am that Bean stayed healthy and that we were able to do the surgery this year. I know it might seem a little silly, but doing it this year saved us thousands of dollars. And honestly, it was really stressful worrying about her activities and interactions over that week and wondering if doing something would lead to germs which would lead to sickness — should we take her trick or treating in the rain, should we let her play with other kids who are sick. I hate being that anal. It’s annoying. So I am SO THANKFUL that we were able to get it done.
Here’s hoping for ultimate success!