Surgery Week- Pray for Hula Girl!

Tomorrow’s the big day- Surgery Day. Hula Girl is having a tear duct opened up. It’s been blocked since birth, and it always looks like she’s crying out of her left eye. A lot of people will coo over her and say, “Awww, what’s wrong? Why are you crying?” It gets really irritating when she’s not upset or anything and they assume she is. She also gets eye infections frequently since her eye can’t drain. It is pretty gross (and painful for her) when her eye is filled up with greenish mucus that is so sticky she can’t even open her eye.

So, surgery is scheduled for 7:30 a.m., the first of the day. But that means we have to be at the hospital at 6:00 a.m. Ugh. So, I’m scrambling around tonight, gathering all the necessary supplies. We have paperwork that must be printed out and filled in (thanks, insurance), random things to collect and pack into a bag, and schedules to set.

We’re bringing Hula Girl’s “neen wah nee-nees” (clean fresh blankies), lots of diapers (strange since she’s potty trained, but people do lose control when under anesthesia), books, empty sippy cups, and some extra jammies and clothes for Hula Girl.

We’re going to wake up early early (around 5:15), then we’ll get Hula Girl up at 5:45, bring her straight to the car, and head out. We’ll arrive at the hospital at 6ish, then get admitted and all set up. We’ll talk with the surgeon and the anesthesiologist, and then one of us will go back with her while she’s put under. She’s getting a mask, and they’re skipping an IV- I am grateful for this! Then she’ll have her six-minute surgery, during which the surgeon will poke progressively larger probes down through her tear duct. After that, she’ll wake up and we can join her in her recovery room. Once she’s able to eat, drink, and pee-pee, we’ll be released. I’m betting we’ll be out of there by 8:00.

Anyway, if you could please remember my little girl in your prayers tonight and tomorrow, that would be really appreciated. Even though we’re very confident about the surgery itself, it’s still a bit scary to know she’s going to be under general anesthesia. :/


  1. kristypowers said,

    April 6, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Praying…although I am sure you are already safely out of the procedure! My niece had this problem with her tear ducts from birth. I don’t remember her having surgery but she does get eye infections a lot, even as an older child.

  2. April 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I appreciate your prayers!

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