Thursday, February 25, 2010

Brave little one

Big day today! Bright and early this morning, Lydia and I made a trip to Swedish Medical Center in Seattle to get tubes put in her ears. We've endured 7 months of ear pulling, discomfort, and 6 rounds of different antibiotics to clear up infections, and a myringotomy seemed to be the most promising, long-term solution. The team of doctors and nurses (especially this special person) ensured the utmost confidence that my sweet baby would be cared for and made well again for the short time she was in their care. Here she is in pre-op wearing her stylishly-tiny hospital "dress."
(I'm easily distracted by shoes and shiny, spinny things)

(Still hangin' on to the shoe and my favorite toy Mom brought from home)


(OK now I suspect something's up)


She came out of the anesthesia very well, and I held her until she was fully awake and ready to get dressed and go home. All in all, the whole experience was less than 3 hours (including admitting, waiting, consultations, waiting, procedure, waiting, discharge).


And this was our super happy little sweetheart later in the day. She still plays with her ears a little bit, partly because of the slight discomfort at the incision site and partly because it's a new sensation for her to be unclogged and hearing better than she has in her whole 11 1/2 months of life! Here's looking forward to pain-free ears and a little girl returning to her sweet, happy self!

9 comments:

Lori said...

I'm so glad you posted about this so soon. I've been thinking about you guys today, I'm glad to hear it all went so well!

The Gee Family said...

YEA!!! So glad to see how happy she is afterwards. She is such a little "doll" in her cute hospital gown. Good luck in the next few days of getting use to the new "feeling." Give Seth and Lydia a big hug and kiss from us here in Utah. Tell Matt hello too! Love ya!

Granny C said...

We're happy to see that smile and those little pearly teeth. Now it's on to bigger and better days with happy children. We love you.

iamwoman said...

What great news! I'm so glad that she underwent this proceedure and has recovered so well! What a cutie!

Jas and Kim said...

Wahoo! So glad things went well for her! It's going to be night and day from now on!

Terilyn said...

Way to go, Lydia (and Jen). Wow--I haven't seen recent pictures of her--she's so much bigger! And those little teeth are so cute. Please tell her to stop growing before her Aunt Terilyn can see her again. I'm glad everything went so smoothly. Love you!

Cortney said...

I had no idea you were doing this so soon! I'm glad it all went so well. :)

cardonfam7 said...

I love the picture when it looks like she knows something's up. Very funny--looks like Matt. :) I'm glad she's a new, happier little girl. Miss you guys.

The Hardy's said...

It's SO hard to take your little ones in for surgery! Glad things went well and hopefully it will take care of the ear issues.