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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Update on Charlotte!

I just wanted to let everyone know that our little Charlotte Rose had her surgery for strabismus this past Friday Sept 21st and all went well!  She was such a trooper!  She is such a bubbly little people-person anyway, going to the hospital and being surrounded by strange nurses and doctors was just one more chance for her to chat it up with someone new!

We arrived around 9:45 in the morning and went into the back to get prepped.  Upon our arrival there were all kinds of goodies waiting for her on her bed..... a monkey, some crayons and stickers, a coloring book and a special OR cap.  The nurses were all so friendly and sweet with her!  They turned on a show for her to watch, brought her a Nintendo DS for her to play with and showered her with all kinds of attention  :)  Which she loved, of course!

After meeting briefly with the anesthesiologist and our doctor, Dr Brown, we were ready to go, and the nurses gave her some meds to calm her... which she didn't really need.  She was calm as could be!

She drank down the medicine like a champ and within minutes my baby was sooooo loopy!  Poor thing.  She went from bubbly and talkative to a little lump on a log, just sitting there with her head propped up on the pillow, not talking at all but still smiling a lot!

I had been so strong up until this point because she was doing SO well.  No tears, no problems at all.  But then, as she was lying there in her drugged-up state, not talking at all, I leaned over to kiss her and she whispered "I love you Mommy" and I just lost it.  I couldn't help but cry.  She was fine and I knew everything was going to be ok, but I still couldn't help it.  It was so sweet and so sad at the same time.

The surgery did end up going just as planned, thank God.  The first moments in recovery and the drive home were certainly nothing I would like to repeat though.  She was screaming and crying, trying to rub her eyes which you should not do, and telling me how much her eyes hurt.  I felt so bad for her!

But soon after we got home, things started to improve.  She opened her eyes, had a good lunch, took a good nap and then woke up wanting to play on the ipad with her sister  :)

Ever since then she has been doing remarkably well.  No infection, thank goodness, and she is leaving her eyes alone and letting them heal. She is a trooper about the eye gel that I have to put in them every day three times a day, and she is not in any pain.  Yeah!!!!

And, the best thing is, her eyes look GREAT!  Still no telling as to whether she will eventually need another surgery.  Sometimes it takes multiple surgeries to get the eyes to stay straight.  But for now, all is good.

Amazing to see how much better my little sweetie looks now, and what proper care and a little love can do!!

From this.......

To this!!!!

My sweet, funny, smart and happy girl!  We love you!!

1 comment:

  1. Ahhh sweet girl! Tell Charlotte that her friend Carrington just had the same surgery done as well!