I really, really hope this is the last sedation for a long time. Nolan is quite perky and happy now, but the food deprivation separation from mommy was not a recipe for toddler happiness.
We were up at 4:00am to load the car and get everything ready for our trip up to Buffalo Children's. The car ride takes about two hours and we had a 7:00am registration time, so a pre-dawn departure was necessary.
Nolan didn't mind the early trip, but once up on the 9th floor for the same-day surgery, he started to get uneasy. He's been there before, and I don't know if he remembers it or not. He definitely was less playful the second the nurse came to get us. They had to return the toddler sized gown they brought out and find an infant sized one (at 19 pounds, he's very small for a 15 month old). Normally PE tubes are done in the special procedures unit on the fourth floor, but since he was squeezed in as an "emergency" case, it had to be done in the main operating room.
The nurse took him from me and he screamed from that point until they knocked him out with gas. When he woke up, he screamed until we were finally released and opened the door to leave the hospital. This was definitely stressful for him- not so much for the procedure, but for the separation from mommy.
The real negative of all the ear infections and Dr. visits is that he is becoming very shy about his ears. Any time an otoscope comes within 3 feet of him, he totally wigs out. I feel sorry for our audiologist at his next appointment for impressions...
I have my fingers crossed that this set of tubes will remain in place and functional for as long as possible!