Had you told us a week ago that we would be home the day following Harper's surgery, I might have rolled my eyes. Guess what??? We were released from TCH yesterday, headed home and were back in time for dinner. Am.Maz.Ing!
So let me back up and give the full report. We got to Houston on Thursday afternoon and checked into our hotel. We stayed at the Holiday Inn directly across the street from TCH which ended up being so convenient. The Squirrel wasn't too happy about the drive there. She slept for about an hour and woke up pretty fussy. I sang, danced and entertained as best as possible while Jared drove until we decided to make a pit stop for some lunch. When we got her out of her seat, we realized she'd had a full blow out. No wonder she was unhappy - she was covered in poop! Quick change and clean up, lunch, back to the car and still not happy with the drive. As you can imagine, this had Jar and me pretty anxious for the ride back home with a tender belly that was yet to come.
Mom and Steve met us in Houston and we grabbed some dinner. I think we were all pretty high strung at dinner anticipating the following day. That night, we had the pack n' play all set up but Harper wouldn't go down. She would fall asleep for about 30 minutes and then wake up crying. At about 11pm, we pulled her in bed with us and, of course, she slept beautifully for the rest of the night. Now her parents? Not so much sleep on our end.
Dr. Nguyen was her anesthesiologist. She was about 5' 2", cute, young and had on a bright surgical hat. This was perfect and Harper took to her immediately. When it was time (about 8:20pm), Dr. Nguyen reached out for Harper and she went straight into her arms without a peep. We watched the team walk off with Harps and it wasn't until she was out of my site that I lost it. Not too bad, but I definitely needed a full timeout.
They took Harps back and gave her laughing gas which put her to sleep. She was then given her IV. They tried to put in an arterial line about 5 times (hence the bruises and pokes on her hands and feet) but couldn't get the line established. From what I understand, it's pretty hard to get an A-line in a baby and we think this is what took so long prior to her first incision being made. She was then put fully under and they put in her breathing tube. The anesthesia team used a sonogram to go between the planes of her muscles and numb all of the nerves around her abdomen. They started with the first incision at 9:15am. From there, Jared, Mom, Steve and I kept busy by playing Words with Friends, playing Hanging with Friends, going to get food and trying to stay busy.
Harper downed 5 oz of Pedialyte, got a good dose of Lortab (just like Vicodin) and then passed out in my arms. It took a couple of hours to get a room so we hung out in recovery during that time. We watched all of the kids coming in from their surgerys and that anesthesia is just not pleasant! They didn't have a room on the general surgery floor so our room was on the Pediatric Neurological floor. It was nice and quite up there and our nurses were rockstars.
We were discharged at 11am and on the road back home. We gave Harper her Lortab before we got in the car and she was out for the entire drive from Houston to San Antonio.
It was nice to be home but we were exhausted! Thank you Pam, Cindy and Martha for the fabulous dinner - definitely a gift to not have to worry about food when we got home. Harper got really fussy and sore last night just before bedtime and then woke up from 10pm - midnight. We are giving her the Lortab every 6 hours as needed so today we're trying to stick with Motrin through the day and Lortab in the evenings and through the night. We can take her bandages off on Tuesday but the incision tape will stay on until it falls off on its own. I'll post some pictures as we start to see progress. We have to keep the area dry until Tuesday so it'll be sponge baths until then and we're keeping her in loose dresses. If you see us over the next couple of days, please excuse Harper's greasy hair and lack of bloomers under her dresses and please excuse her parent's dark circles under our eyes!
We had such a great experience at Texas Children's Hospital and are SO happy we made the decision to go with the slow process of the compression wrap over the last 9 months as opposed to a series of surgeries right away. We would recommend Dr. Cass to anyone and everyone! Thank you again for all of the prayers, positive thoughts and support as we lead up to surgery.
Now, time to start life, post-omphalocele!