Countdown to Surgery – Day 4

Andres’ last preoperative visit anywhere was today.  The hospital made a big to do getting his bloodwork, and we met with the anesthesiologist, the nurses who did the blood draw and the child life nurse who explained things to us about Andres’ hospital stay and answered all our questions.  They made such a fuss over making him comfortable and numbing his arm for the blood draw.  I didn’t have the heart to tell them this boy has had shots and IVs without any fuss whatsoever, so all the extra comfort and “this won’t hurt a bit” wasn’t really necessary.  Oh, well, gotta let them do it I guess.  Our pediatrician’s nurse still gets tears in her eyes when she talks about Andres’ 4-year well child check where he just stared patiently and pleasantly into her pretty eyes while she gave him his shots.  (She HATES giving shots.)

We’ll find out Monday what time we have to arrive at the hospital.  For now, arrival time is 5:45 a.m. and Andres will be Dr. George’s first surgery of the day (and I heard it through the grapevine it will be his first operating day back from his vacation).  Talk about a well-rested surgeon!!!!  Thank you God!

The only catch is that because this is surgery, neurosurgery at that, it is quite possible Andres may get bumped to a later time if a more emergent case arises. 

Originally his stay was slated at 3-4 days, but we’ve been told it will be more like 4-5.  They expect him to be in PICU for 1-2 days.  I hate the sound of that, but the truth is while he is in PICU he will have a nurse assigned to him and one other patient – that’s all.  Apparently this nurse will be stationed outside the window to his room where she can see him and her other patient and she will be either there or actually in one of their rooms the entire shift.  There is also at least one doctor assigned and present on the floor of the PICU at all times.  So although PICU sounds pretty drastic, the care and attention Andres will get will be top notch.

Now it seems to be time to take care of the practical things like packing our bags and thinking of things to keep Andres busy once he starts feeling better but isn’t allowed to go home yet. 

I know some of y’all have had children stay in the hospital before; I’m having a hard time coming up with things to bring that will keep him busy even if he is not feeling well.  Any ideas?


6 thoughts on “Countdown to Surgery – Day 4”

  1. Your iPad should keep him busy and happy and not moving around a lot. Make things as simple as possible for yourself. If he wants something that’s not there, he can ask for it.

    I’m not surprised his stay is 4-5 days. In fact, I’m relieved. The thought of him going home two days after surgery troubled me. Think of it…he’ll have exclusive rights to his parents while he’s there. How cool is that for him?

    I tried clicking on “see all comments,” but I don’t see anything where you commented back to me. I must be doing something wrong. I just clicked on Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. Maybe that’ll fix it.


    1. Yes, he’s very excited about exclusive rights to the iPad. We also stopped by the library at the hospital today, and he had a blast flipping through all the DVDs they let the patients check out.

      Clicking on “Notify me of follow-up comments” should take care of things for you. I guess you’ll have to click on that each time you post a comment.

      Hmmmm. Maybe you should start a blog of your own. Now, what would you call it?


  2. We have found an iPad or Leapster game is a good low energy activity. Favorite DVD – our children’s hospital also has DVD to borrow on each floor. A new coloring book with favorite characters and brand new crayons brings a smile. Our youngest son is a big Lego fan and a small assortment kept him well entertained. A special “bravery honor” was a brand new small Lego kit. There is also a play room on each floor of our hospital and it was a big day when we were well enough to go meet our neighbors in the play room. Another favorite even for the older kiddo in the hospital was a mobile like thing that projected stars on the ceiling and played CDs of favorite music.

    1. Great ideas, April. Thanks!!!! I’ve already told Andres he can play on my iPad as much as he wants, but between him gloating about that and the DVD library at the hospital, Andrew is starting to give me “the eye.” He’s probably right – we don’t want Andres going through screen withdrawal when he comes home and things start going back to normal. Love the Lego idea – he’s really into building things right now. I’ll have to look into the play room. It seems like they should have a play room, but nobody has mentioned one to me.


  3. I wonder if there’s a”virtual legos” or equivalent app for the I-pad. Imagine the fun of manipulating legos,zometools, spaceship modules, or other components on the screen in order to build things. Just imagine the possibilities!

    1. What a great idea. Surely there’s an app for that??? I’ll have to look into it. Either way, Legos or virtual Legos are a great idea to keep him busy while he’s still in bed – especially at the hospital where there won’t be any little fingers to steal pieces.

      Love ya,

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