As I was putting her to bed on Thursday night, I told her that we were going to wake up early the next morning to go to the hospital for a quick surgery. She immediately started to cry. While it was so hard to tell her and then watch her cry, I am so glad to know that she understood what I was saying to her. And I mean "language-wise." As in she understood the words and what they meant.
I didn't really know what I was going to say ahead of time. So, I just told her that it would be over quick and that she wouldn't have to stay there. And that I would be with her the whole time and we'd get through it together. While I think it was somewhat comforting to her, she still continued to cry a little bit until she fell asleep. Ugh. Some moments are so hard.
Waking her up to go to the hospital went well. She didn't seem upset and I just kept on telling her it would be over quick and we'd be home soon. Once we got there we had to wait a long time. She was second case, but the first case didn't show. You'd think that wouldn't matter much, but they said the first case was a hard to schedule and coordinate kind of case, so they were giving them more time to get there. So, we had to wait. I have to say, it doesn't take much for her to be entertained.
|Playing with a toy phone, old school style.|
|Hiding behind a chair.|
There are three parts to a bone anchored hearing aid:
1. the titanium implant (the screw looking piece in the photo below)
2. the abutement (the cone shaped piece), and
3. the processor (the actual hearing aid).
The first surgery is to implant the titanium piece. She implanted two, one is called the sleeper and it is there just in case one of them isn't accepted by the skull. She put them at a certain angle and distance from where her ear canal should be. Right now, she just shaved her hair in that area and then stitched up the incision (which is curved). But during the next surgery, she will thin out her skin in that area a little bit and remove her hair follicles. Even though she had to drill holes in her skull, I still considered this surgery to be relatively minor. So I was a little surprised to see her afterwards...
|Does the bow make it look better?|
I asked the nurse to get me Harlie's chair and the second I showed it to her and put her in it, she was all better. And then the anesthesiologist said, "You are the perfect mom for her. I would never be that calm." But, you get used to it little by little. And I've learned when I should worry and when I shouldn't. And when I shouldn't worry - I don't. I'll have plenty of opportunities to worry later - trust me!
|On our way home, stylin' as usual.|
She's going to kill me for this pic one day!
She had to wear the dressing for 24 hours. I was so proud of her. She wanted to take it off so many times. But I would tell her no and she would stop trying. I told her "we can take it off tomorrow." I took Rooney for a walk and when I got back, I found the boys looking like this...
|So supportive! And so, so sweet!|
Tonight was the first time we could wash her hair. Whew! I was glad to do that! The area of the incision is still really swollen. It's really hard to tell if it's okay (as far as redness goes) because she will NOT stay still long enough to get a good look. Like I said earlier, she is hyper sensitive to anything. Trying to clean it and treat it with the ointment is agony. For all parties involved. Our follow up appointment is Thursday. That should be fun.
Rooney is fine from his surgery on Thursday. When I picked him up the vet said that I was lucky to be getting him back. Apparently they all wanted to keep him! He is so sweet and cute, I am not surprised. But when I got him his ears were all droopy and his tail was straight. He was one sad little pup! The only time his tail curled that night was when I fed him. Pugs sure do like to eat! By the next afternoon, he was right back to his normal happy self.
Cooper's eye appointment went well. He's near sighted, but that's age appropriate. She said his Duane's syndrome is very mild and that she thinks his squinting at objects is him just being a kid. So, he's good and doesn't have to go back for two more years.
Well, that's it for tonight. Thanks for checking in!