Friday, April 15, 2011

Wish Us Luck

Update:  For those who didn't get the update on Facebook - we are home and Jack did well.  Dealing with lots of blood in the mouth right now, but he's acting fine.  Thanks for checking in and have a great weekend everyone!


Today, Jack is having a procedure done under anesthesia.  He is having dental work done - x-ray, cleaning, sealing and a tooth pulled.  He's reached the point of having to do this under anesthesia because of his jaw contractures. To say I'm nervous is an understatement.  I'm not worried about the work being done, I'm worried about the going under anesthesia part.  Unlike when Jack has a procedure done under anesthesia in St. Louis, there has been no anesthesia pre-op consultation - not even by phone.  No contact at all.  My kid has a neuromuscular disease (which affects the type of anesthesia that can be used) and is on a vent and you don't want to know any information about him prior to the ten minutes before surgery when you come and give me "the talk" about everything that could go wrong?  As if I don't already know everything that could go wrong, but, of course, you don't know what I already know because you haven't done a pre-op consult!

Okay, so I have a bad attitude when dealing with the medical professionals/facilities in this City. But, how can I not given what I've experienced at SLCH? This will be Jack's first experience with this hospital (and with this dentist.)  It's the hospital my girls were born at, the hospital my mom worked at for 35 years and the hospital I volunteered at during my college/pre-med days.  I think it's a good hospital, it's just no SLCH.  We don't know them and they don't know Jack.

Wish us luck today.


(I'm sure everything will be fine, but I'll update when we get home.)


Thanks for all your supportive comments on my last post.  Love ya' lots!


CS said...

Oh, Ann. I know only too well about the inhalation gases. I'm a nervous wreck before procedures myself. Hugs. Hopefully, you'll have a top notch anesthesiologist/nurse anesthetist and the worry will be less when Jack goes back. Or you can be like me and keep saying "he's at risk for malignant hyperthermia" over and over and over until someone placates you. Is he the first case? That always makes me feel better, with the clean machines and all.

I hope everything goes smoothly and you can relax later.

Susan said...

Best of luck! I hope you'll update when you can.

bettyd said...

I saw your FB posts, and now I know what it was about! I am glad it all went well. Having all the dental done at once is a good thing :) I know the going under part isn't, but glad it all worked out well.

ssouth said...

I had to giggle at "They don't know Jack." So glad it went well.

Christy said...

I hope Jack is doing well after his procedure. Poor guy. Just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you all!