Yesterday was a very long day even though it really wasn’t. I think it just felt crazy because we were exhausted and I didn’t get very much sleep at all the night before Lanie’s eye surgery because, well, she was having eye surgery to remove her natural lenses and she’s my newborn baby and I just couldn’t stop thinking about it.
I wasn’t able to sleep until about midnight because she couldn’t eat after midnight and I was trying to shove as much milk down her throat as possible even though she was like Mom, enough already! Then, when when I did finally get some shut eye it was a fitful rest and I was up at 2:30, then 2:45, then 3:00. I finally just got up at 3:30 and at 4:00 Rabbit’s alarm went off. We got out the door by around 4:30 to get to the hospital by 5 for her 7 AM surgery. We signed in and then waited our turn to finish registration and be taken to pre-op. Once we were in Pre-op we talked to several nurses, the anesthesiologist, and finally Lanie’s doctor. Everything was as it was supposed to be.
While we waited, however, I developed a nasty headache that has been hanging on since. Lanie, however was a trooper and didn’t seem fazed by the commotion around her or the fact that she hadn’t eaten in 8 hours.
The hardest part of the day was giving her to the nurse when she came to get my baby for surgery. I told her I wasn’t ready yet but the nurse just smiled and said she would take very good care of her. Rabbit and I walked back to the waiting room and sat for what seemed like many hours while we waited for somebody to tell us everything went well.
A nurse came in about 30 minutes later and said they had just started her surgery, that she was doing well with the anesthesia, and that Dr. Mickler had decided to remove the cataract from just the left eye for now because the right one wasn’t as bad as he had thought and it would be better to wait a month or so before removal.
It was a little after 8 when the doctor came and told us that things went very well. We were so relieved. Really though, all I wanted to do was hold my baby and that was going to be a little while more because she needed to be woken from her anesthesia first.
My OB doctor, Dr. Medlock, walked in and saw us sitting there and came over to say hello. He asked what Lanie was in for and we told him about her cataracts. He chit chatted for a few minutes and then left to find his surgery patient’s husband, who was apparently not in the waiting room because Dr. Medlock stood there turning in circles like me in the Walmart parking lot when I forget where I parked, then he left.
About 5 minutes later a nurse came and got us and I was so very happy when I finally got to hold my sweet baby girl.
She was a little bit agitated but was consolable, and she was super hungry but couldn’t coordinate sucking and swallowing and that was ticking her off a little too.
After just a half hour they discharged us and we went home. Lanie was scheduled for an afternoon appointment with her eye doctor and that went well too. He showed us what he had done (fascinating, people) and gave us two prescriptions for two different eye drops. She gets 9 eye drops a day and I thought there was no way I’d be able to remember all of them but apparently there is an app for that and thank you Smart Phone!
She was super tired yesterday and slept fairly well last night. I slept okay, not as badly as I had anticipated, but I still have that headache that developed in pre-op and I am really, really tired. Like bone tired. Rabbit thinks it’s stress and tension and he is likely right. I just need to relax or something. Dr. Mickler said to have a beer but I’m nursing a 1 day post op baby so I don’t think that’s going to happen.
My very good friend, Carmen, had dropped off her delicious chili while we were at Lanie’s eye appointment and I realized I had not eaten all day. Her chili is delicious and I am so blessed to know her so I can eat it.
The first half of today Lanie was kind of grumpy. She’s never grumpy at all so it was different. This afternoon, however, she’s been really cool. She’s looking around, trying to see things. She doesn’t have a lens in her eye yet so she can’t focus but she can see out of her left eye for the first time and everything is catching her attention. I can’t even get her to look at the camera for long enough to snap a picture so this is all I’ve got for you right now.
That is her expression all the time.
She won’t have her contacts or glasses for another month or two, after healing from both surgeries and giving her eyes time to adjust so Dr. Mickler can determine the best strength prescription for her. I really cannot wait for this. I’m excited for that time when she can see our faces and our smiles clearly.
Now let us all pray that she doesn’t develop any other issues like glaucoma, which is very common after congenital cataract removal.
I’m going to go kiss my baby now.
congenital cataracts • God is. • Lanie