Yesterday was the longest day EVER...But everything went well and this little boy...
The hardest part by far yesterday was not being able to feed Russell OR give him anything to drink.
Thursday night he ate dinner around five and had a bottle around 7pm...He only drank about 4oz of the bottle, which was unusual for Russell cause normally he drinks 8oz at night...
So the next morning he was allowed water only until 8am...Well, Russell doesn't drink water...I don't know why but he wont really drink water or any type of juice...So when we would try to give him a bottle of water he would get mad and throw it to the ground and fuss...It was sad to have him follow me around the house in the morning whining and saying "bubba" and signing it over and over :(
So I think Russell kind of knew something was up cause as we got ready to go he kept looking at me like this...lol
We got to Admitting at 10 and then from there it was a waiting game...A looooong waiting game.
Russell did ok at first...We tried to keep him busy and entertained...
Giving Daddy kisses...
But we could only keep him happy for so long...The poor kid was starving after all :(
As time ticked on Russell just got weaker and weaker and that was very difficult to watch. The Doctor was running about an hour behind we were told. By noon Russell hadn't eaten OR drank for 17hrs...And that must be difficult for a 17 month old baby!!
After a while he would just lay on Brad or I and moan...he wasn't tired, he was weak...It was hard to look him in the eyes cause when he looked at me I knew he was hungry and there was nothing I could do for him...It broke my heart.
When they finally came to get him around 1pm, we laid Russell on the bed and he didn't even move...Normally he would have been scared and fought to hold onto me or tried to sit up to see what was going on...But he couldn't, he didn't have the energy.
Anyway that was definatly the hardest part of the entire day...
The surgery was quick and went well.
What they do exactly is make a small incision in the eardrum to help drain fluid from the middle ear. The tubes are inserted into the middle ear, where you cannot see them or feel them...They stay in place for about 9 months or so and then usually fall out on their own. The tubes actually help reverse any hearing loss caused by fluid build up in the middle ear.
We are confident this procedure is going to help Russell so much. His last hearing test showed any hearing loss was only due to fluid in the middle ear, so now he will be able to hear clearly, perfectly. This of course will help with speech. So we are excited to have it done!
Russell was all smiles on the way home...
When we got home he practically dived into his Nana's arms...He wouldn't even come back to me when I tried to take him, he would just turn away and snuggle deeper into Nana...Probably cause she wasn't the one who starved him all day..That AND...This boy just LOVES his Nana!
Russell was pretty tired yesterday so I haven't noticed anything yet about the tubes and if he seems to be hearing better...He was up at the crack of dawn this morning with a big smile on his face. His ears look just fine, no swelling or drainage or anything like that.
Its all good :)