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.