This Beautiful Inheritance: Taking Surgery in Stride

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Taking Surgery in Stride

Yesterday morning my baby had a little surgery. She got tubes put in her ears to stop the incessant run of ear infections she's been having. I wasn't too nervous about the procedure because we had done it before. Eden was a little older when she got tubes, but I still expected Selah's experience to be simple and painless like her sister's.

In fact, it was even more so. Being younger (14 months old), Selah was even more oblivious to where we were and what we were doing. The only difficult part was keeping her still in our room before the nurses took her back. She kept wanting to escape and go play with the zoo animals on the wall outside our room.

The hardest part when we did this two years ago was watching Eden scream as the nurses took her from our arms and back to the operating room. We listened to her all the way down the hall until she was out of sight... then we heard instant silence as they put the gas on her :). I expected it to be the same with Selah. But this girl was such a sweetheart. All the nurse had to do was smile softly, hold out her arms and ask Selah if she wanted to go for a walk, and she went right to her. She was quiet and still but didn't cry a bit. With ease the nurse carried her down the hall and out of our sight.

Ten minutes later it was over. We went into the recovery room, sat by Selah's sweet sleeping self, and scooped her up as soon as she awoke. I gave her a bottle and she was good to go. (Not even a whimper!) I pray she has as good of results from the tubes as her sister did, and we can say goodbye to all ear issues!

(Nevermind the fact that at the present moment, Eden has her first ear infection in two years (since she got tubes), and the doc informed us they've now fallen out. Praying we don't go through all this again with her. But that's another story.)


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