Thank all of you for your prayers for my granddaughter, Lily. Her eye surgery went well this morning.
A few days ago, my daughter, Jessica, had explained to Lily a little bit of what was going to happen to her. Last night she said, "Lily, either Mommy or Daddy will come and get you and it will still be dark out. It will be an adventure!" Jessica said.
Lily turned to me and said, "An adventure, Gwamma!"
Jessica continued. "Then Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Papa, and you are going to pile into the car and we are going to go for a long drive. And then we will go to the doctor. He will look at your eyes."
"That will hurt!" Lily said. (That kid's no dummy!)
This morning when Lily came downstairs, she was all excited to go on the adventure. We adults felt a little guilty because we KNEW the truth. The ride to the hospital took an hour. Lily pointed out the moon several times and told us that she saw animals as we passed a wooded area! This kid has such a vivid imagination.
By the time they actually took Lily to surgery, it was 8 a.m. The first time she cried was when the male nurse picked her up and took her away.
The doctor and anesthesiologist had reassured my daughter that there were no lingering gasses in the operating room and that it was safe for Lily to have surgery in there. Because of the chance that Lily might have Malignant Hyperthermia (MH) (allergic reaction to some triggering anesthetics) her surgery was the first of the day.
The surgery lasted almost 2 hours. There was some concern because Lily developed a fever and her heart rate had escalated; two signs of MH. But they kept a close eye on her, and gave her tylenol for the fever and she was okay.
There is a slight swelling around her eyes, some bruising, and both eyes are bloodshot. She's having a little rough time at home, not being able to keep anything down and feeling nauseous from the anesthesia. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. It's so hard to see a little one go through this!
Thank you all, again, for your prayers. Jessica, Dave, Jim, Lily, and I, appreciate them so very much!
If everything goes well with Lily tomorrow, we will begin our trek south to Arizona.