All before she has turned 5.
We haven't been to the surgery center since the first of the year and we weren't all that excited to be back. We arrived in the morning and it felt oddly good and bad to be greeted by a staff that has known Hazel since she was still in an infant seat. For the first time, Hazel picked out her outfit instead of wearing her PJs and was more interested in observing everything (Nervously and cautiously) than her toys or shows. When the time came to change into her surgery gown, put on her medical bracelets and do the pre-surgery eye drops she fought a little bit but did the best that she could.
|Mommy and Hazel waiting to start surgery|
The cornea transplant itself was not complicated in the grand scheme of things and went really well...it might just be that we are accustom to the work that comes with the best cornea surgeon in North Texas :) After the surgery, we were told that the likely cause behind the build-up in her eye is an infection that took hold in the week before the surgery. Not much that could have been done to stop it, just bad luck apparently...which made sense but also doesn't help us sleep any better at night. It's just hard to understand why this happened to her when this eye has already been through so much.
Unfortunately, waking up from surgery was a major struggle and getting a determined 40-pound Hazel to calm down is harder than you'd think. When she wakes up she doesn't like all the wires and monitors and always complains about them...but this time she was hell bent on getting the IV out of her ankle at all costs. It was like her and I were sparring in a heavy weight title match for what seemed like forever. To complicate matters, you can't safely take an IV out while her leg is thrashing around...so we had to hold her still for a solid 60 seconds until it could be taken out and bandaged up.
Not an ideal, smooth way to wake her up...but everything looked good today in post-op.
|Sisters together at day-after check|
We're happy to be home but hearing Hazel know the word "Surgery" and asking not to have surgery was hard for our hearts to take. At least now we can tell her when we are NOT going to have surgery, but unfortunately the stitches in her eye will need to come out and we will have to go through this all over again -- and she knows what it involves.
Thanks to everyone who is praying for our little warrior, she's as tough as they come.