a goofy grin on our way to check-in
Keandre has a very positive view of our local children's hospital. In fact, every time we pass it, he yells out, "Mom, there's my hospital!" :) I have no doubt this contributes to his mostly easy-going approach to the testing we must do regularly to track how he's doing. This morning was his big day -- his fourth endoscopy (third in less than a year).
My Aunt arrived at 6:30am to take over kid care so I could focus on getting Keandre and I out the door. Keandre started his morning with a bear hug for me and a sweet snuggle for Aunt Maggie, so I could tell we were off to a good start. Despite having no food or drink since bedtime the night before, he was all smiles, and so silly it was hard to get him ready!
Keandre named his little goose Duck Duck Goose, or 'Ducky', for short. :)Before they called us back, we met with the anesthesiologist and his GI doctor. Keandre gave his doctor a huge smile and enthusiastic hug, which was super sweet to see. Dr. S. has cared for him since he was an infant struggling to thrive, and although he's not considered a top doc in regards to treating Eosinophilic Esophatigitis and Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis, he has been a huge blessing to our family and we've been happy with his care.
Shortly before we got started, I had my first Mommy regret. I told the anesthesiologist about the extreme agitation and confusion Keandre experiences after waking up from his previous endoscopies. He suggested a dose of Versed, which would hopefully help. When they brought out the bright pink, icky smelling fluid, I *almost* said, "Nevermind, we'll pass." (We avoid food dye and unneccesary meds as a general rule.) I still wish I had spoken up. There was a delay as we waited for Keandre's turn, and for the next 30 minutes we held our sweetie as he zoned out and was barely functional. I prayed over him a ton, asking the Lord to alleviate any negative side effects and help me be more assertive in the future.
Another sad effect of the Versed was missing out on the much-awaited Hummer ride. I could have cried! We took a picture of him with the Hummer before we entered the OR, but he doesn't remember that at all. He was so out of it that Andy had to hold him upright, but he sure looks cute!
Afterward, Keandre experienced the same agitation and confusion as the last few times. He was flailing, yelling at everyone, and it was very hard to remove his IV. Confirmation that the Versed was not worth it! :( He was also terribly distraught when he woke up enough to realize he hadn't been able to drive the Hummer.
When he calmed down just a little, the nurses were kind enough to bring the Hummer to the recovery room and let him drive it even though he was angry and couldn't even walk straight. They were so kind to us! The other families and staff were also very understanding as we left the hospital with our screaming kiddo. I was afraid we'd have to prove we weren't kidnapping him, but instead they gave us looks of sympathy as they saw he was obviously going through a lot. About 30 minutes later, he was much calmer. So much for the Versed! Not making that mistake again....
When we got home, it was just the two of us. We snuggled, watched a new Little Bill movie I had bought on ebay, and his appetite returned *really* fast. In the first three hours, he ate a couple servings each of homemade apple jello, grassfed beef, organic green beans, and rice cooked in homemade bone broth. Amazing. So much for the liquid diet they recommend for the first few hours. :) I'm so thankful he is such a great eater, and that it didn't make him sick!
I LOVE this kiddo. I am so blessed to be his Mama!