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Posted 2:38 PM on Sat-15-Sep-2012

On Thursday I found myself sitting on a stool in an operating theatre looking at one of my sons. He was lying on the bed surrounded by machines and nurses, a needle in one hand, the other clutching mine and looking slightly wild eyed and scared. The anaesthetist put a mask over his face. I caught a faint whiff of strawberry as the gas started to flow. Two big chocolatey eyes were fixed on me for one breath, then two, then they fluttered and closed and he was under.

It was only adenoids being removed. But it's an odd thing seeing your child rendered so vulnerable and then having to leave the room so the doctors can do their thing. Knowing that next time you see that child he'll be bewildered, groggy and in pain. I can't imagine how parents of seriously ill children cope with this when their child is having major surgery and the risks are so much greater. They'd have to be so brave and strong.

Posted by ekubo

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MumBum - 4:27 PM on Tue-18-Sep-2012  
Oooooh that is scary! I have never been under myself even, and the threat of it with our second bub (emergency c-sec), was enough to frighten me in to giving birth naturally! Glad to hear your boy is doing well and I personally hope I never have to experience that myself. xxx
mumof6 - 10:55 AM on Mon-17-Sep-2012  
It was hard but he had already been on dialysis for 2yrs (from 8mths old) and it was such a relief to finally see the end of that (although we did spend 6mths at starship with rejection and ended up giving birth to Mr14 up there :P!).
Yes I can imagine keeping an active boy quiet for another few days would be a struggle!
thecoffeelady - 9:06 AM on Mon-17-Sep-2012  
Oh that would be awful, I had surgery myself when my girl was three months old and I shed a wee tear waiting to go to sleep in the operating theatre, it must be scary for them. Hope he is ok.
LIVINGLIFE - 7:28 PM on Sun-16-Sep-2012  
oh yes, my daughter has been put to sleep a few times due to a badly broken arm and is needing gromets too which means being put to sleep again, I find it hard to watch this and am on edge until I know she is completely awake again.
ekubo - 2:47 PM on Sun-16-Sep-2012  
thanks mumof6. He's fine, we're struggling to keep him quiet for a couple more days while the site heals tho. It must have hard on you having to let your son be put through that, even knowing it needed to be done. How is he now, at the grand old age of 17? I can't imagine having a 17 yr old lol.
mumof6 - 2:29 PM on Sun-16-Sep-2012  
Isn't it horrible... Hope your son recovered well!
Mr17 has had over 30 surgeries. The first was at 1 day old and the worst was when he had his bladder surgery at 2yrs old. He had tubes coming out of everywhere and was in so much pain (and that was with the morphine drip) he stopped walking for a month or so afterwards too. 2mths later was his last major surgery (kidney transplant). I saw him off for surgery and then rushed over to see hubby get his epidural (put me off epidurals for life) and saw him head to surgery too. It was such a nerve racking wait and I was 8mths pregnant at the time.

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