Sunday, March 13, 2011

Recap of the past 72 hours….

1st off let me say THANK YOU for all of the thoughts, prayers, comments, and support. We have felt so much love!!

Olivia did SO great. She far surpassed any expectations that the doctors had and that we had. She is a strong little cookie!

Friday morning was an EARLY morning. We were up at 3, to get on the road at 4. Of course we hadn’t slept at all worrying about what was to come. My parents came over to stay with Blake and Ryan, Livi, and I took off. To say I was nervous was an understatement. I literally felt sick to my stomach the whole ride down. We got to the hospital at about 6:40, a little early for our 7:00 check-in time. Olivia slept the whole way down, but once we got there she woke up and she was MAD! The poor thing couldn’t eat anything after 2am, so she was just so hungry. It is terrible not being able to feed her…knowing that was all that she wanted. We had to wait for about 30 minutes before they could take us back to the pre-op area. She screamed the whole time. It is SO unlike her to cry, so it is just painful for us to hear.

Once back in the pre-op area she continued to cry and fuss…but then eventually nodded off. We were in pre-op for about 1.5 hours and we were able to be with her until they took her back. During this time we had to answer all sorts of questions. We talked to nurses, anesthesiologists, and our doctor came and told us what his plan was. There were LOTS of kids waiting to go back for surgery. The whole environment is so scary! During this time I was thankful that Livi was so young, b/c she didn’t know what was about to happen. It was terrible to listen to the older kids (3-4 years) as they had to leave their parents :(

The doctors seemed very optimistic that things would go well…but again wanted to talk about the possibility of the tracheotomy. He told us that we would keep us posted as much as possible during surgery. He thought that when she came out she would have a breathing tube, so wanted us to be prepared for all of this. I don’t know how “prepared” you can be…but we were aware at least.

Waiting in the pre-op area to go back for surgery

At 8:30 they took her back. We were able to walk back to the operating area and then we had to hand her off and head up to the waiting room. We didn’t even see them put her under or anything….which I think is a good thing.

My parents, Blake, Ryan’s mom, and grandmother were all there to wait with us. It was good to have Blake there because he was a good distraction for us and kept us entertained. He was SUCH a good boy the whole time. He definitely knew that something was going on. About 45 minutes into the surgery we got an update that the procedure was in process and that everything was going well. After about an hour and 20 minutes the doctor was able to come up and give us an update. This was a pleasant surprise, because we were told that the surgery would take at least 2 hours. Doctor said that everything went well and that she was in recovery.

We were able to go into the post-op recovery area after Livi woke up from the anesthesia. She looked so tiny in that bed…..BUT she looked way better than what I had prepared myself for. She had no traech…She had no breathing tube! She was pretty uncomfortable, but they were controlling her pain with morphine and Tylenol.

Post op, in her 1st ICU room

She was transferred up to the PICU unit for close observation. Ryan and I were able to sit with her in the PICU unit. Talk about an intense setting! She was on Oxygen to help her breath…she did a lot of sleeping for the first 8 hours. She would wake up in pain every once in awhile, but they were able to keep her comfortable with the medicine. She could not eat for the first 8 hours post op. After 8 hours we were able to try pedialite. They were nervous that she would not be able to swallow since the surgery was on her airway. They told us that there was a good possibility that they would need to insert a feeding tube…..NOPE!! Our little champ took the pedialite through a bottle and kept it down. After 3 more hours she tried formula and was able to do that as well!! GREAT NEWS.

Getting to hold my baby for the 1st time

View from our 1st PICU room w/ Olivia's sign that Child Family Life made her

At 11 pm we were transferred to a different PCIU room. It was a step down from where we were…but still ICU care. We actually had MUCH more room in this second room and it was much quieter. Livi had a good night. She had all of the nurses wrapped around her little finger in no time at all.

At 8 a.m. yesterday (1 day post op) the doctor came in to check her out. He was SO pleased to see how she was doing. Her breathing was already better. She was much quieter and it sounded less labored. She is still swollen, so it will get even better as the swelling goes down. He cleared us to move from ICU to the floor. We just had to wait until there was room for us.
Ry and his girl :)

At about 1:00 we were transferred to a new regular room. We spent one more night there. She had another good night…and they released us this a.m. We were able to leave at about noon. This was much sooner than we had originally planned for…and we could not be more thrilled.

Our nurse today told us that she was reading Olivia’s chart before she came in and thought…”oh no, this poor baby has been through so much, this is going to be tough”…she said that she knew that Liv would be very uncomfortable and in so much pain after an airway surgery at her age/size. BUT, she said that Liv re-wrote the book for infant airway surgery in her mind!! She was such a trooper. Liv was all smiles all of the time.
My parents brought Blake down to see us and to visit twice and that was great. Ryan’s mom drove down to see us twice as well. It was so nice to have some fresh faces there. Ryan and I were able to get a bite to eat when they were there…and get out of the room for a bit for a change of scenery.

We have to go back in 3-4 weeks for (potentially) another surgery. Doctor removed the mass in her throat, which was a cyst, and hopes that it will not return, but we will have to monitor that. In 3-4 weeks he will put her under again and go back in to see if there is more skin to remove from her throat area. The extra skin would be from the laryngomalacia that she has. This surgery would be much more common than the one that she had Friday. There is a slight possibility that she will not have to have anything else removed…but we wont know until he gets in there. He didn’t want to do it all at once for fear that the recovery would be to rough on her. It is sad that we have to go back and do this all again…BUT I think that it will be easier the next time, knowing that she took well to the anesthesia…and that she is such a tough girl!

Cozy in her second PICU room...

Trying to made her feel "at home"

My beautiful little girl...


We were very lucky with how things turned out. Things could have gone WAY worse…but we had the best outcomes that we could ask for. I know that it is because of all of the prayers that were being said…and the excellent care that we received from the medical staff. I cannot say enough good things about all of the doctors, nurses, and staff that were there! She still has the collapsing trachea and laryngomalacia…but will (hopefully) grow out of these as she gets bigger.
Sleeping sound in her third and final room...

Finally ready to go home :)


Being in the hospital there sure does make you thankful for what you have. We are so lucky to have two healthy happy babies! There are so many kids there that have such a long road to recovery.



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20 comments:

Erin said...

I am so glad that things went well and that you guys are home. I hope that everything is smooth sailing from here on out :) She just looks so little in that bed like you said.

Thought about you a lot these past few days!

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

I cannot imagine the stress of your baby going through this at such a young age. Your strength is amazing and of course her biggest cheerleader :)

Caro said...

Thank you for letting us know so quickly how things went. I will keep you guys in my thoughts.

Keli said...

So glad she did well! I almost cried reading it. Just the thought of her being hungry. Poor thing! Hope everything goes as well the 2nd time.

Neely said...

Constantly praying for you and thinking of you. Here for you for whatever you need. So glad things went well and that Livi is such a fighter! XOXO

Ashley said...

So glad the surgery went well! Livi is a little trooper! She is still definitely in my prayers!

Mrs. Mama said...

so glad to hear everything went well... what a little trooper!

Krystal said...

Keeping you in my thoughts -- I hope things continue to go well.

jenn said...

so very glad she did so great, what a blessing

Ashley said...

I am so happy to hear that all went better than expected and that Livi is recovering well. What a tough, sweet soul.

Thinking about you all often.

Shannon said...

Oh gosh, Annie!

I've been so behind on my blog reading I'm only now catching up! I am so thankful that things went as well as possible and hopefully that your sweet baby girl is on the mend. I cannot imagine what y'all have been going through.

I'm sending well wishes and tons of prayers your way!

XO

Annie said...

aw, i'm so glad to hear your precious little livi is doing well and back at home.

New Mommy!!! said...

I'm so glad to hear that everything went so well!! I was so nervous for you and your pumpkin. I wish you didn;t have to go back either, but I am glad that things went so well this time, I am confidant that the next time will be a breeze again. What a stressful, emotional, roller coaster for you, but I am glad that things were not worse, and so happy that she was such a champ. Must be bc you are both so strong, and so strong for her. I know it must have been so hard not to feed her, poor thing, how horrible, but I bet she was so happy to eat! What a little cuddle bug! So proud of her. Still praying and thinking of you all! Hugs. Give her a big kiss/snuggle from NIk, Baby, and I.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith said...

This post really got me choked up! Thank you for the update. And SO thankful that everything turned out so well! God is good!

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Towards the bottom of your post, it's hard to read.. but I am so happy to hear all is well w/ your baby girl!!

3LittleMonkeys said...

So glad to hear everything went well! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers!

Heather said...

Annie, I seriously teared up reading this. I'm so glad Livi went through the surgery well, she's a trooper!! You all are in my thoughts :).

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

I'm so glad that everything went well! Praying that they won't have to do the other surgery!

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

i'm soooo glad things went soooo well! she is surely a little trooper! u/she will continue to be in my prayers!

Kaci said...

Just popping by from Lexie & Dylan...so glad she is back home, she is so sweet!