Thursday, December 27, 2012

Observations From A "Sort Of" Surgery Survivor

I am a survivor.  I am a survivor of out patient surgery.


Well...to be more specific...I am the mother of a survivor of out patient surgery!  My little Lilly Girl had her tonsils and adenoids removed the day after Christmas.  And to say that I was a nervous wreck during the procedure would be an understatement.

I went outside for fresh air.

I considered throwing up in the bucket of ice melt by the door, that the man shoveling the hospital sidewalks had left behind.

I paced in front of the elevators.

I called my mom.

I sat beside James and closed my eyes and tried to meditate and find my calm center...but couldn't manage to stop the shaking in my legs.

I thought the worst part would be when the anesthesiologist--clad in green scrubs and a surgery cap--came to take Lilly away from me.  That was rough, heartbreaking even.  But, in actuality, the worst part was the waiting.  And waiting.


I was overjoyed when we were called to meet with the surgeon afterwards.  I was elated when he took us to Lilly's post-op recovery room.  I was eager to see her as we waited, yet again, for a nurse to bring her to us.  And I was utterly startled by Lilly's condition when that nurse placed her in my arms!

She cried.  She moaned.  She fidgeted and flopped.  She rambled incoherently.  She wailed.  She kept saying the most bizarre things like:  "I don't want that number two in here."  (There was NO number two anywhere!)  And, "I wish that dog would leave."  (There was NO dog anywhere!)  She continually asked, "Is this my new voice?"  Then demanded that her "old voice" be returned to her at once!  She asked if her tonsils were gone at least twenty times, and she couldn't seem to remember where she was.  (Apparently, the probability of someone acting like a "wacky doodle" as they come out of anesthesia is very high!)

When we were finally told we could leave, I helped Lilly out of her hospital gown and into her pajamas.  She watched closely as I put her socks on, then started bawling.

"Ooohh," she weeped, "I just really love you..."

James and I exchanged knowing smiles as we realized our daughter's tender heart (and drug-induced state) was invoking an outpouring of love and affection for us.  We were there for her.  We would take care of her.  Our shared smiles seemed to say, We are terrific parents.

Then, before we could respond with our own sentiments, she finished (and slurred) her sentence:

"I just really love you so much, Tiana."

    
         

23 comments:

  1. I am glad your girl did well in the surgery. The love story is epic. I love love love it.

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    1. Thank JP! This past week was a long one. I'm ready to put all this behind me. "The love story is epic"...ha ha...thanks for making me laugh!

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  2. LOL! I'm glad she's okay and everyone made it through. :)

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    1. You are such a doll...always uplifting and kind. THANK YOU!

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  3. Oh poor baby!! Good to have that out of the way :))

    Two of my 3 kids had tonsils/adnoids removed. My son woke up from anesthesia and was like "We're outta here!" and when we got outside ran to the car, even though he shouldn't have been running.

    My daughter made very loud farm animal noises before the surgery (a silly pill) which made everyone laugh, but then after she was so sick from the anesthesia she had to check into the hospital overnight.

    Thanks for stopping by and linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party :)

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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    1. Two of three kids!!! Oh man, that's rough. Was it worth it? (Please tell me it was worth it. I NEED you to tell me it was worth it! HA HA!) Ugh, it's been a long week. Glad when we can put this all behind us. Thanks for your comment and for stopping by, honey!

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  4. New follower from the blog hop! Love your blog & can't wait to get to know you more :) Have a great day!
    Rachel
    http://sugar-stripes.blogspot.com/

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    1. Dearest Rachel! Thank you so much for stopping by and for following me! You are a sweetheart. I look forward to getting to know you as well. I appreciate your kindness so much. Happy New Year!

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  5. i love that lilly, despite what she just went through, still managed to be funny, spunky and sweet!! i LOL at "i don't want that number two in here!" and the dog - omygosh, too cute!
    i'm so glad she made it through (as well as you and james) and that she's home safe and being taken care of by her awesome mama!! i bet she's lovin' the unlimited popsicles. :) she's in my prayers!! i love you all!! <3<3<3 take it easy and have a relaxing weekend!! tell tiana hello for me!!
    xoxox
    maria

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    1. Oh Maria, if only I had filmed her coming out of anesthesia. It probably would have been a YouTube sensation! SHE. WAS. NUTS! HA HA! As always, I look forward to hearing from you and look forward to your comments. You are my dearest, dearest friend and I LOVE YOU!!! Happy New Year!

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  6. o glad you all survived! I'm dreading the day I ever have to go through this with a child of mine. I've never been there yet, and yet I can totally relate and imagine I would experience the waiting with just as much difficulty. I so love the the ending "love" story!

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    1. HA HA! Glad you liked the ending "love story." My Lilly is CRAZY! She's so spunky and funny. When she's not stressing me out {wink, wink}, she is cracking me up. Thanks for the comment love on this post. It brightened my cold, winter's day!

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  7. Happy New Year!I love your blog. I found you through Aloha Blog Hop. Stop by and say hi if you get a minute. :)

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    1. Dearest Lenetta! Thank you SO much! I'm happy you stopped by and that you enjoyed your visit to my little corner of the blogosphere. Lol! I'm glad you found me! Thanks for the follow and the support. I'm grateful! Happy New Year!

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  8. Found you on the blog hop, I'm new to the whole blogging world, but having so much fun with it. I'm your newest follower:) Feel free to follow back and have a wonderful new year!
    The Real McCoy(s)

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    1. Hello Melissa Darling! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, for commenting, and for following. You seem lovely, and you will enjoy "blog world." It's so much fun. I wish you all the best in the New Year. Will be stopping by your blog to return the follow. THANKS!

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  9. hi. i'm following the "aloha friday" blog hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

    http://www.blackinkpaperie.blogspot.com

    thanks
    new follower bev

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    1. Sweet Bev! I will be certain to pay you a visit. Thanks a bunch for your comment, follow, and support. I'm always happy to "make new friends." Happy New Year!

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  10. Totally made me laugh.
    Glad you all made it through.

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    1. THANKS, NANCY! I'm glad it's over too! I appreciate the comment love. Hope you have a happy new year! XOXO!

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  11. Hi Aleshia!
    This is Laci... remember your BFF from the lights at Temple Square? ;) Yet again, another post that made me literally LOL. I'm glad your sweet girl is ok and that the surgery went well! There is nothing worse than having your baby go through something painful! You feel so helpless!

    Anyway, I promised I would comment, and I want you to know that I really do love your blog! (sorry for the delayed response.. my husband took me to Tahiti. I know.. he's a keeper! So I have been a little checked out of the blogging world this week). ANYWAY, I dont have a public blog, but I am on FB (laci stotts from CA). It was really fun bumping into you and I felt a tad starstruck! :) (hence my babbling and whatnot). Thanks for sharing bits of your life and making me laugh! I look forward to your posts every time I see a new one on my reader!!
    xoxo
    Laci

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