Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Overwhelmed and upset

I had plans for a fun post today, but I'm too upset. An hour ago I received the call from Children's Hospital regarding Handsome's instructions for tomorrow. I am NOT happy about these instructions and not at all happy that we weren't warned in advance about this. Maybe it is all my fault for not asking the right questions though. I don't know. I'm sitting here in tears because I don't know what to do. I'm sorry if this isn't coherent, but I need to get this out.

Tomorrow Handsome has procedures scheduled at 2pm. A lot of procedures. He'll be going under anesthesia for an endoscopy, a laryngoscopy, a ph probe, and a lengthy MRI. Obviously we knew there would be eating restrictions for anesthesia. However NOBODY warned us about the severe eating restrictions for the scopes.

As of noon today he can have only pudding, milk, and yogurt. As of 7pm tonight he can have water and apple juice. He doesn't like juice, so that means just water. As of 10am tomorrow, he can have nothing at all. His procedures start at 2pm--there is NO WAY my three year old (barely three!!) will understand not being able to eat for 19 hours...plus three hours or so for the procedures...so that is putting him close to 24 hours with no food.

I'm just not convinced the scopes are worth him not eating for 19-24 hours...yes, they're important, but I don't feel they're as important as his other tests.

Now that I know how strict these eating instructions are, I want to know why this wasn't scheduled for first thing in the morning. Instead he's going to go to bed a little bit hungry and wake up starving...and then not eat until dinnertime!

I have calls in with the GI clinic at the hospital to find out if there is ANY flexibility with these requirements. If there isn't flexibility, then I don't know what to do. I'm so upset right now.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

just came across your blog from Lazy Organizer. I sugest making it as fun as possible. Homemade Pudding pops might be fun and juice pops after. Good luck. It will not be easy. Emily

Xazmin said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. It sounds like those scheduling your procedures weren't thinking too well! I hope you are able to reschedule, or rearrange things in order to make it more bearable for your little one. Good luck with everything.

That Girl said...

I hope you could reschedule. That is alot of hours for a 3 yr old. Poor baby and mommy! hugs!

Carrie said...

I hope you can reschedule that is crazy to think a child can go that long without food! Hugs I hope everything get worked out!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I know this will not be easy. I don't understand why he would not be the first appointment of the day. I thought that was usually what they did for children. I will say a prayer for him. Jackie

Nicole said...

I don't blame you for being upset. I hope they will move his appointment up. I can see it being at that time for an adult, but that's way too hard for a three year old. I hope all goes well!

Ms. Tee said...

I'm sorry about the restrictions - I hope they can move it up. I'll be praying for you both. {hugs}