Thursday, February 3, 2011
Surgery it is....
Dr. Thirkannad quickly diagnosed Harrison with a condition called "Trigger Thumb". This condition is very common among babies and tends to heal itself by 12-18 months. Unfortunately, Harrison is almost 17 months and has a fairly severe case of trigger thumb. The Dr. reassured me that this is completely treatable, but does require out patient surgery. Still in shock, he asks me if we are available in one week for surgery. Suddenly my eyes began to sting....this is really happening. My baby has to have surgery and in one week!
While we fill out the paperwork needed for surgery, Harrison's lollipop from the Dr. disappears .... thus begins the greatest temper tantrum of all time I had never seen him this way before and we had been trapped in a 5 x 5 room for an hour. It was now nap time and lunch time and I began to panic. The stupid walls were so thin and I did what every mom would do....I begged for another lollipop :) It worked, silence!
The sweet nurse told us we were all finished....."up here". "You now need to go to the first floor for preop paperwork and a health screen". I wanted to scream. Harrison was tired and hungry and so was I! We make our way downstairs to find another waiting room and another hours worth of forms, questions, and nurses poking my baby.
Exhausted, I walk out of the Jewish Medical Center. Not only am I weighed down by the winter coats, Harrison, my belly, my purse, a diaper bag, and now surgery paperwork, but now my mind is racing. I can sum up my feelings in one word: Defeated. I was ready to cry and the only thing stopping me was the thought of my tears freezing to my cheeks as we walked to the car.
We finally reach the car and before pulling out of the parking garage, my precious little boy is off in dream world completely unaware of what is about to happen. My mom had offered to come and help me that morning, but in all honesty I thought it would be a regular Dr.'s appointment and the surgeon would tell me he jammed his thumb and all would be fine. They say mommas know best. Well mine really does, and unfortunately this little momma is still learning.
With all of that said, I ask you to please keep praying for Harrison. We go back Wednesday morning for surgery and the recovery should be pretty quick. I know it is nothing life threatening, and we will be back in our cozy little home in time to fix dinner, but the thought of my baby having surgery still is upsetting (see pregnancy hormones). I appreciate all of your messages. To know I have so many wonderful people praying for our son is very encouraging, and please don't stop. I will keep you updated next week on how it all goes.