Sunday, May 22, 2016

Siennas eye surgery

Sienna has always had slightly droopy eyes. We always got comments like "oh someone needs a nap. She looks so tired...etc" didn't matter the time of day. The eye doctor found that her left eyelid was covering her pupil by a third and the right was a partial covering. Luckily neither was effecting her vision. So he said we could do it more for social reasons. Sadly we had already experienced a social reason to do it. At stay and play a 4-5 year old boy made a comment to his friend about her looking at them. And the other boy said she is just watching us play, to which the first boy said, "yah, but why are her eyes weird?" It broke my mother heart. I know that I can't stop her from getting teased about other things but with it being an option to fix, this I knew I wanted to, so that there would be one less thing to get teased about.
Sienna was awesome the day of her surgery. She has seen tons of doctors in her time and she never likes it when they listen to her heart and lungs, check her ears, take her pulse or any of that stuff. But on this day she didn't care at all! She smiled, answered their questions, and didn't cry once. All of this was made extra surprising because, 1) she hadn't ate anything since 830 the night before, it was now 8:00. 2) she hadn't drank anything since 1 in the morning and 3) she didn't take a nap the day before, and didn't go to bed till 10:30 and we got her up at 7. She had ever reason to be grumpy but she was perfect. We definitely think it was prayers being said for her that made this possible. So after they take her vitals they inform us that they usually have their patients arrive 2 HOURS BEFORE the surgery. Yikes. So for the next hour we tried to keep her entertained by playing with the hospital toys. 
Finally we got moved into the operation waiting room where we met with the surgeon, nurses, and the anesthesiologist. Matt was able to suit up and go into the operating room with her while they put her to sleep. He said she did really well and there was only one moment where she looked scared but fell asleep soon after.
She got out of surgery after about an hour and she just gave us a big smile and showed us her popsicle. It was like nothing happened. She seemed slightly out of it which was kind of funny to see. While we were waiting to get released she started rubbing her eye lid. HARD. And it started to bleed and I was so worried she had undid everything that they had done. But that wasn't the case. I think she could only rub it like that because the area was still frozen so she couldn't feel the pain cause she never really touched it after that. She would just point to her eye when people asked where her owey was. We are so impressed with how well she did with the whole thing. She amazes us. And we love that we can see more of her pretty blue eyes and hope that she never regrets us doing this! 😳😀

 Getting ready to go. All smiles!
 Road trip break. Eating grapes
 Pre surgery.

 Playing games till we get called up!

 The nurse said she was her first patient to actually sit in the bed that day.
 Post surgery! A little perky cause it will start to relax over the next few weeks and even out.

Hanging out, eating popsicles, just waiting for them to let us go home.

 When you handle surgery like a champ, you deserve a frosty. And even if you didn't handle it like a champ, you would still deserve it.
The day after. Poor girl had no idea how tired she was. Matt got a first dad moment by caring her to bed asleep. He has always wanted to do that.









1 comment:

Jennica Van Blerkom said...

She is the sweetest thing! I can't believe she did so well with no naps and how scary hospitals are! What a champ. I talked to Kimber the other day and she said how sweet and good Sienna was. I love her! I wish we lived near each other and her and Owen could be best buds!