May 23, 2012

the hours

Tuesday, 9:36 pm, I set the alarm on my phone for four-thirty in the morning. We have to be at the surgical center by five-thirty. Noah is getting several baby teeth removed. It will be the first time he has been under anesthesia since he's been seizure-free. I am not worried.

I do feel like it will be okay. Today was a bad day for me with anxiety, but I am okay now. He went to bed early and said he was only a little scared. I told him to come and get me if he needs me and I'll see him bright and early. God I love that kid.

Wednesday, 4:30 am, I am restless and relieved when my phone rattles on the dresser to signal it is time. Let's just get this over with. A sore has appeared at the very tip of my nose, probably from stress. It's ginormous.

5:10 am, we are almost to the surgical center, twenty minutes early thanks to no traffic. We sit in the car and chat and yawn nervously. Noah wonders if the tooth fairy might bring him the $90 Lego set he wants. Um, no. We wait fifteen minutes and then we go in.

6:02 am, the waiting room smells like mildew. He has been taken back, with a blue surgical cap and green hospital pajamas. He looked so tall as he walked next to the nurse and down the hall, away from me.

6:20 am, it's taking longer than expected. I try not to worry. I check my phone to keep my mind busy and then turn it off. CBS news will not shut up about that dad at the laundromat. I am not sure I can take them showing the clip one more time. With my back to the door, I hear it open and know it's for me.

6:45 am, he's in recovery. He's very groggy and happy it's over. He feels no pain.

7:45 am, we are home. He sits at his desk to check his laptop before he crawls back into bed. His brothers oooh and ahhh over the jar full of teeth. Carter suggests putting them under his pillow one night at a time, to get the most out of the tooth fairy.

9:12 am, the windows are open. Someone is mowing and I am soothed.

Noah, 5/23/12

17 comments:

  1. Oh I'm so glad it went good! I get anxious about anesthesia and my children don't have seizures; so I can imagine your worry. Happy his is home and doing well.
    Catherine Denton

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  2. Awesome. So glad it went well! :)

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  3. Carter = awesome.

    And cheers for Noah that it's over!!!

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  4. So glad all is well! And why are Lego sets so expensive??? I'm sure the tooth fairy would like to oblige, but goodness.

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  5. Laughing at Carter's way of thinking with the tooth fairy! I wish I were there to give my Noah a big hug. He looks so grown up.

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  6. That's quite a morning you had! Glad it went well.

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  7. So glad everything went okay! Noah is a trooper.

    Danielle

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  8. I can't even imagine the anxiety you were feeling. If it were my baby...I'd be in a corner some where rocking back and forth.
    I'm so glad that he did well!!

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  9. So glad to hear you both made it through ok!

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  10. This makes me think back to when I first started reading your blog and how Noah has grown up. What a big boy he is now. I like his way of thinking with the tooth fairy. I think you should let him go with it. He earned it and it's cheaper than the Lego set. Glad it all went so well. ((hugs))

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  11. I'm so glad it went well! I have a Noah too! He had to undergo general anesthesia for dental surgery when he was 20 months. I am so glad it went well for both of our little guys!

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  12. Glad all went well, for you both.

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  13. Look at that face! It still has some baby-ness to it. I'm glad things went well.

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  14. So glad it's over.

    And I have to ask, what Dad at the laundromat?

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  15. I'm glad to hear it .. a thumb for you

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  16. So glad it's over. It's always scary when it's YOUR kid in the hospital - regardless of how small/simple the procedure is.

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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