Surgery and Hospital Stay
We arrived at Gillette Children’s Hospital bright and early the morning of Willow’s surgery. I was so thankful it was early in the morning so that she wouldn’t have to be awake for too long before she realized how hungry she was. She wasn’t allowed to have any formula for 7 hours before surgery. That’s a long time for a sweet baby to go without eating! We were placed in a pre-surgical room where we talked with the surgeon and anesthesiologist before they took Willow back for surgery. Willow was given a tiny little hospital gown and a fleece tie blanket made by volunteers at the hospital. She seemed to not even notice that she hadn’t eaten in a long time. There was too much commotion and a lot of attention that this extroverted baby loved!
Because Willow was under 1 year of age we were not allowed to go back with her into the surgical room. Instead, we handed her off to the nurses and said our goodbyes.It took everything in me to allow myself to hand over our baby girl.
Once the surgery was over I was allowed to go back and see Willow. It took my breath away seeing her lying in a hospital bed, tubes and monitors all connected, and her tired, weary, tear-filled eyes looking up at me. Her spica cast was huge. I knew what it was supposed to look like, but seeing Willow engulfed in that cast in real life was a whole different story.
That first night in the hospital was one of the hardest nights. The nurses wanted Willow to sleep on her back (she has always been a tummy sleeper) and she still needed her IV hooked up for her medication. She slept in tiny little increments. She would wake up and cry and there was little I could do to help. It was so hard to hold her with her big spica cast on but all she wanted was to be comforted in my arms.
Thankfully the sun rose and morning came. The swelling in Willow’s stomach and bottom was starting to level off and the cast was fitting better than the previous day. Willow seemed to be in much better spirits! We were able to put her in the hospital wagon and pull her around the floors in the hospital.