It's no surprise that in our family, the first person to need surgery was Violet. Bless her heart - the poor thing has had more health complications than the rest of us put together. Truth be told, none of them are incredibly severe (and certainly none are life-threatening), but when you add them all up, it's quite a lot. She mostly takes it all in stride, though it gets wearing on everyone to constantly have to wipe her nose, among other things.
Which brings us to this week. After our most recent ENT appointment, (side note: when you have four children, you totally forget a lot of stuff, at least I do. I had been pushing to get an ENT appointment late last year, thinking we had never seen one. Turns out, we saw ENT about 1.5 years ago, and the whole experience had totally left my brain 🤣) they did neck x-rays that revealed that her adenoids were gigantic and likely contributing to several issues for us. They scheduled her to have surgery less than two weeks later.
On Wednesday, we headed to the hospital to get checked in at 10:15, and Violet was not allowed to eat or drink, which was probably the hardest thing about the whole ordeal. It was very hard for her to understand why she didn't get food. But, we made it and got checked in and counseled and registered. I wish this picture was clear, but it was so cute, I decided to post it anyways.
Though each step in our process took a while, we never were stuck anywhere too long, and when we were, we had a comfy bed and TV to keep little miss (and John) entertained. By afternoon, V was tired and cranky from lack of food, so John cuddled her which made everyone happy.
Doctors and nurses came in and out briefing us on what was about to happen and having us sign tons of papers. Because of Violet's asthma, they took the extra precaution of a breathing treatment before sending her back. She slept through it.
It was a little traumatizing to send her back. I teared up as she cried when we said goodbye. But, she at that point had had a "goofy" medicine and apparently fell asleep pronto. The doctors said that she never knew anything that happened at all. John's parents had joined us in the waiting room, and we grabbed a quick lunch while V had her procedure.
Before we knew it, they were calling us back to consult with the doctor who had just finished the surgery, and everything went really well! I'm so thankful that the Lord protected her, and the doctors were able to do what was necessary to help her. It did take us a R.E.A.L.L.Y. long time to wake her.
She was not interested in coming around but was finally swayed by apple juice and dairy-free yogurt that I had on hand. Before long, she was answering questions and showing interest in the world, and we were discharged - just like that. She fell asleep in the car, but once we got home where all of her siblings and grandparents awaited her, she perked back up and seemed as if nothing had ever happened and ate dinner like a champ.
I kept her home from school on Thursday as a precaution, and while she told me that her throat was sore a couple of times, she mostly was not slowed down at all.
Though she feels fine, the doctor's note that I had to dig out of the recycling to read did state that she couldn't go back to school until Monday, so Violet attended Field Day at the girls' school with me where she enjoyed playing and eating the beans off of both Lily and Bella's lunch trays.
We are so very thankful for a great experience with our first surgery. It will be a while before we know if it really helps, but I am hopeful! (As a side note - have you tried the new BBQ chicken sandwich at CFA? It's so very delicious and different from anything else on our menu. Go get you some - plus the new limited time Watermelon Mint Lemonade. Tastiness abounding. 🤗😋)