She sat on Daddy’s lap and we watched Cars and played while we waited for her turn in the operating room. The nurse gave her some medicine to calm her and make her drowsy so she wouldn’t get upset when they took her from us. It was pretty amusing watching her try to play after that medicine kicked in!
The OR nurse came to get her in an office chair. She sat Hannah on her lap and scooted into the operating room. Once in there, Hannah got gas to make her sleep. Then they put in her IV for her general anesthesia. The actual surgery only took about 45 minutes.
We were able to sit by her in recovery and wait for her to wake up. The first words out of her mouth were, “Take it off!” (talking about the IV in her ankle and the blood pressure cuff on her other leg). My bossy little girl! 😉 She wanted Mommy after the surgery…and she wanted my cup of water, even though she had a sippy cup of juice. I drank most of my water so there wasn’t much left in case she spilled it and let her have the cup. Well, that wasn’t good enough. She looked at me and dumped the water right on the floor! We apologized profusely to the nurse for the mess.
Hannah slept almost the whole way home (about 45 minutes). She ate everything in sight at lunch and took a long nap in the afternoon. By Saturday morning she was back to normal.
Hannah has about 20 stitches, plus more sutures deeper in the tissue. They’re all disolvable, so she won’t need them removed. Thank you to everyone who prayed for us!
If you want to see the “before” pictures go to https://redropefarm.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/hannahs-visit-to-the-plastic-surgeon/.
It’s now been 7.5 years since Hannah’s surgery, and I continue to meet people who are dealing with this type of surgery with their own children. I want to share a photo of what Hannah’s scar looks like now.
Hannah doesn’t remember having surgery and has no issues with the area around her scar. The doctors did send her birthmark and some cells around it to be biopsied right after surgery and everything came back completely normal.