Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tomorrow is the Surgery

Tomorrow we are bringing Alyce to the hospital for her eye surgery.  This surgery won't be as traumatic as the last two however there is one big difference this time around, Alyce is 2 1/2.  With her last surgery it was really harder on Mom and I than Alyce as she couldn't really comprehend what was going on.  Now that Alyce is 2 1/2 instead of 1 she has emotions and she will definitely choose to express them.  We tried to get her used to the idea of being a patient in a hospital by reading a kids book to her about going to the hospital.  She followed along but I'm not really sure how much she got it.
Because Alyce is being sedated for this surgery we have to follow some rules about what she can / can't eat.  The last solid food she can eat is at 5:30 a.m.  That isn't going to happen so instead we jammed Alyce full of food tonight and then topped it off via ice cream.  On a side note chocolate chip cookie dough is her favorite.  We can feed Alyce apple juice up until 9:00 and will be sure to do so.  After that nothing to eat or drink.  I am hoping that they don't put in Alyce's I.V. in front of us.  Seeing them do it when she was younger just about killed me.  I'm not sure if I could handle seeing my girl experiencing both pain and fear at the same time and being powerless to stop it.

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