My hardest day as a new mom begins here. If you haven’t read it yet, please do. January 7, 2016 was the day my son had surgery for craniosynostosis. I left off with them talking him back for surgery.
After Bean was taken back for his surgery you would think I’d be a worried mess, but surprisingly I wasn’t. I knew my son was in very capable hands. The doctors at Seattle Children’s preform at least one surgery per week on kids with his condition. In times like these it’s always important to focus on the positive.
While there are always risks of complications, I believe the surgery we choose was the safer route. That is just MY opinion though. It was less invasive, instead of one huge incision there are two smaller ones. There was less of a chance of him needing a blood transfusion. Also instead of breaking up his whole skull and reshaping his head they just take out a smaller piece and reshape his head with a helmet.
After they took him back for surgery we were taken to the ICU desk were we were given a a pager. The pager is how the surgeons contact parents to let them know how the surgery is going. The way it works is after you get a page you call the number on the pager, if you don’t have a phone there are some located in different areas all over the hospital. After you call they connect you with the operating room and someone there give you an update.
Once we received our pager, we went into one of the mommy rooms so that I could pump. I’m not quite sure how many of these room Seattle Children’s has, but I’m glad they have them. There are a bit on the small side but I imagine they don’t expect many people to be in there. It had been several hours since the last time Bean had eaten so I pumped quite a bit. I felt so much better after I pumped.
Once we finished there we headed upstairs to the parent resource center. This is where my mom and I spent most of our time while Bean was in his surgery. She took a test while I edited Youtube videos. Both of us had distractions.
At 10 AM I received a page letting me know to meet someone so that I could give blood for the research of his condition. Bean would also be giving blood, but they would do this during his surgery. If you’ve read my introduction, you would know that my life goal is to help others in any way that I can. When the opportunity came along for me to be able to contribute to research for his condition I excepted right away.
At about 10:45 am I received a page saying that Bean was out of surgery and that the surgeons wanted to talk with us. They gave us an update on how the surgery went. They said everything went great and he may end up needing a blood transfusion. At that time he was being taken to get a CT scan to make sure everything looked right. Then he would be taken to the ICU and that is where we would meet up with him.
I was excited that the surgery was over and that everything had well. If you watch the video above you can see that I’m too excited. A part of me wondered if the Doctors thought I was crazy for being so excited, but I couldn’t help it. That was the longest Bean and I had been apart and I was ready to see my baby.
The hardest part has yet to come. Stay tuned for what happened after we arrived in the ICU.