Infant tear-duct surgery: Part 2 (phone calls and getting prepared)
So today is 2 days before surgery and I got 2 calls. One was from the surgery team checking on a bunch of things, the other was from the doctor’s nurse, making sure the baby was still healthy (no colds or fevers). The surgery department asked a BUNCH of things, so if you’re going through this, you might want to think it over before they start calling you. I was asked about pretty much everything you would ever see on a form. Heart conditions, problems at birth, medications, and on and on. They even asked about scratches and diaper rash. No joke.
Thankfully I was warned that the surgery wing is cold, so I’ll be wearing jeans and a regular short sleeved shirt, and I’ll dress the baby warmly, too. Their suggestion was to give the baby a bath the night before and then just plop her straight in the car seat in the morning, leaving her in her jammies. I was also warned that she wouldn’t be able to breastfeed for 6 hours before surgery. She could have sugary juice or pedia.. something or water… but no breastmilk. Good Lord. So that means that for whatever time her surgery is, we’ll have to count back about 6.5 hours and then set an alarm and wake her up and feed her DARN good to empty those puppies out and get her good and full! Our hope is that we’ll have a super early appointment time, which will mean less traffic, easier parking, and of course, less fuss from a hungry baby. I mean, it IS going to be hell, but hopefully a little less hell if surgery is at say 7:30 than if it was at 10.
Speaking of which, we’ll get another phone call tomorrow (the day BEFORE surgery) tell us what time to be at the hospital to get prepared.
Oh yeah, we can only have 2 adults there, and no other kids, so it’s a good thing we were already had plans for our big kid to be elsewhere, or we’d be scrambling right now.