The night before surgery Luke was awake all night long! (He must have known what was coming.) He just cried and cried...I decided in my head that he must have another ear infection. The day that we had gone to the ENT his ears were full of fluid, so an infection was quite possible. I figured that if there was infection that they would continue with the surgery since that would drain the fluid and get him on the road to being ear infection free. Jon wasn't so sure.
Surgery was scheduled for 8:00a.m. Jon and I had to leave our house at about 5:45a.m. since we had to arrive an hour and fifteen minutes before surgery and the surgery center is about an hour away. Thank goodness our great friends, Dan and Laurie, who were so helpful in keeping Ben and Abby at their house on Tuesday night so that we didn't have to wake them at the crack of dawn! They (I'm sure it was more Laurie than Dan...) took care of getting the Ben and Abby ready and delivered to school.
When we got Luke up in the morning he felt a little bit feverish. I didn't take his temperature or anything, we just made our way to Tulsa. We didn't really want to say too much about a possible infection or a fever, however, when the nurse took his temp. it was 100.3. Not that that is bad, but when you are having surgery it's not so great. The nurse figured that Luke was just worked up from crying and said that she would check again in a little bit. The doctor came in and talked to us about the surgery and what we should expect afterward and then asked if we had any questions. Jon and I looked at each other and then Jon proceeded to ask if he would still do the surgery if Luke's ears were infected. We were both a little nervous about what his response would be. He assured us that he would do the surgery. Thank goodness!!
A few minutes later the nurse came back, took Luke's temp. (which was still 100.3) and gave him some "goofy juice". Don't know what "goofy juice"is? It's great! It's like vallium. They give it to the kiddos to help calm them and so that when the time comes the separation from mommy and daddy goes smoothly. "Goofy juice" is good stuff! Luke still cried, but one of the nurses assured us that he would never remember anything! My poor little guy! It was so hard to watch them carry him away. (They tried to wheel him away, but he was trying to get out of the bed, so one of the nurses ended up carrying him. :()
It only took about 30 minutes for the doctor to come out to talk to us and tell us that he was finished and Luke was headed to recovery. He said that, yes, Luke's ears were both quite inflamed and the right one was about to rupture. His adenoids were also inflamed and covered in gunk. He said that Luke definitely needed to have this done! Wow!
A few minutes later we were able to go back and hold our poor pathetic little guy. It was so hard to see him so drugged. However, within about an hour we were headed home. Luke slept all the way home and then for a few more hours once we got home.
After a lot of sleeping and a little bit of lunch, this is what we had. A little boy who was ready to color and play. There's nothing better!
Today, Luke is running around just like normal! YAY!!! After a year plus of sickness and ear infections, I finally feel like we are on a good path!
Thank you so much to everyone for all of your thoughts and prayers! We truly appreciate all of them!!