Amy’s Life in Brief

All is well…
March 8, 2009, 3:10 am
Filed under: mom, pediatrics, Relief, surgery | Tags: , , ,

I am finally getting a chance to post about David’s surgery.  Everything went very well.  It was actually a very easy process.  We got to have a nice long conversation with the anesthesiologist and felt very comfortable.  The anesthesiologist that responded to David’s emergency two years ago wasn’t our anesthesiologist this time, but he stopped by to say high.  One of the IV nurses who also responded to David’s emergency stopped by and offered to start David’s IV, but they started it in the operating room when he was under.  They gave him some Versed prior to being taken back to the operating room.  So, he didn’t mind at all.  I don’t know if I could have handled it had he been screaming and crying.  But, he wasn’t and was actually pretty happy through out the whole process.

He was a little bit fussy as he woke up from anesthesia.  But, then he fell asleep for about 90 minutes.  Then, he woke up and was just fine, although a bit goofy.  Once he drank some juice and peed, we were allowed to go home.  As soon as we walked in the door (it was noon when we got home), he asked for lunch and wanted Mac n’ Cheese.

Seeing this kid, you would never have known that he had surgery.  They had sent us home with some liquid Tylenol #3 and seemed pretty certain he would need it.  He didn’t seem to be in pain but I gave him some Ibuprofen just in case.  The day after his surgery I gave him some of the Tylenol #3 just in an effort to slow him down a bit.  I thought he was going to hurt himself…he was climbing on things, jumping, trying to do somersaults.

So, he’ll see the surgeon for a recheck on Wednesday.  Hopefully he won’t still have a hernia because of the way he was running around after surgery!

Oh Lordy!
January 13, 2009, 7:09 am
Filed under: financial concerns, health insurance, pediatrics, worries

So, with the D’s upcoming surgery, I’m a little bit of a basket case.  Of course, I’m obsessing over every detail.  I thought I had worked through some of my worries, but not entirely.  I haven’t been overly concerned with the surgeon we were referred to.  A hernia repair is a pretty simple and straightforward thing.  I have been obsessing over the anesthesia, given the D’s history of severe asthma.  Part of that obsession has to do with where the particular surgeon would want to perform the surgery.  There’s an ambulatory surgery center associated with the clinic connected with this doctor and I’m just not comfortable with the D having his surgery in that environment.  If something were to go wrong with his anesthesia (or anything else for that matter) he might as well be across town from the hospital, even though he would only be a block away from the hospital.

So, because that was the main area I was obsessing about, I hadn’t given a whole lot of thought about the surgeon.  Our pediatrician recommended him because apparently he does a lot of hernias, both adult and pediatric.  The surgeon apparently has good technical skills.  Today, however, I decided that I should do a little more investigating around the hospital about this particular surgeon.

I learned that, indeed, he is highly skilled and very competent as a surgeon. But, talking to a few people, it seems that his people skills may be a bit lacking.  In fact once nurse went so far as to say, “I can’t imagine that man working with a small child.”  Of course, I didn’t learn this information until the end of the day and it sort of sent me into a tail spin.

So, tomorrow, I am going to be calling and requesting a referral be sent to another surgical practice.  By using this other practice, I’ll solve a number of problems.  My insurance will pay a bit better, even though my insurance is only a secondary for the D at this point.  And that’s what I’ll be telling our pediatrician, so I don’t alienate him from his colleague.  But, also by using this other surgical practice, I know for a fact that the D will have his surgery in the hospital, with all the associated bells and whistles available to him should something (God forbid) go wrong.  I know this because they do not have an ambulatory surgical center at their disposal.

So…wish me luck in making all the necessary appointments!

My complicated three year old…
January 9, 2009, 2:32 am
Filed under: asthma, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, pediatrics, surgery, worries | Tags: , ,

So, my three year old just can’t seem to go more than 10 or 11 months without having some sort of medical issue.  And I’m not talking about having a cold or a stomach bug. Of course, anyone who has read this blog probably realizes that.

So, what’s the new issue you ask?  He has a hernia.  It’s a relatively minor surgery to have it repaired.  However, given that he has ended up at the Doernbecher Pediatric ICU because of his asthma, I’m a bit concerned about how his little lungs will react (or overreact) to anesthesia.  I’ve talked with our pediatrician on the phone since I didn’t go to the appointment where the problem was officially diagnosed and he has reassured me, as best he could.

So, we have an appointment on the 20th to meet with a surgeon.  Apparently this particular surgeon, while he’s not a pediatric surgeon, enjoys fixing hernias in children.  Whether this is because he likes children or possibly enjoys the challenge of fixing little tiny holes, I don’t know.  I guess it could be a combination of the two.  He’s the one surgeon I’ve never had any interaction with at the hospital.  But, apparently, our pediatrian referred us specifically to his surgeon.  So, we’ll meet with him and see how we feel at that point.

Now, we’ll be doing just fine as long as we can have the surgery done in a controlled setting.  We’re keeping our eye on things in case the hernia becomes strangulated.  And the way things are for this kid of ours, that very well could happen.

So…I’ll keep you all up to date on the saga of the D’s hernia….