This morning, bright and early at 6am, we took Sam to the “hospital” to get his tubes placed in his ears. I put hospital in quotes because it wasn’t a full-blown hospital. It is called the WakeMed North Healthplex and is about half the distance away from our house as the hospital Sam was born in. It has a 24-hour ER (that is where we took Travis when he thought he was having a heart attack which, thankfully, was a panic attack), doctor’s offices (Sam’s ENT, and Travis cardiologist due to the “heart attack”), classrooms (where we took our birthing classes), and a day surgery floor! The whole time I was there, I was SO THANKFUL we didn’t have to deal with the gigantic WakeMed Campus and all the people that would naturally be there. It was calm, quiet, and QUICK.

We arrived about 6:30 and within 10 minutes were in our little corral where Sam was “prepped” for surgery.

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We played with the hospital gown while waiting on the nurse to come get his vitals.

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I am very thankful we took Monkey with us. The nurses always “checked” Monkey first to make Sam comfortable. Sam’s favorite nurse was the one who let him play with the digital thermometer once she was done with it?! YIKES! I just kept thinking, “don’t drop/throw/break it.” Shortly after she left, Sam was fully in his hospital gown and just had on his diaper. He was already tired since we woke him up two hours earlier than he normally wakes up.

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When he did have spurts of energy and wanted to try to climb off his bed, we decorated his mask and wrote his name on the bed with crayons given to us by Sam’s favorite nurse. FANTASTIC!

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About 30 minutes before Sam was scheduled to have surgery, they have him “happy juice.” Our doctor described it as 2 baby cocktails because it makes them basically drunk. It was SO FUNNY! He originally was kind of tired and just laid there…

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Then he became giggly and started playing with his mask. He would put his mask on his face and “talk” into it and it was quite amusing.

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While he was doing this, I made a video. I am thankful I did it when I did because he was back in surgery within five minutes of this video.

While he was in surgery, Travis and I ate “breakfast” in the waiting room- 2 cookies and coffee/diet pepsi. After about 10 minutes, Dr. Dorfman came and told us that everything went well. He had TONS of thick fluid still in his left ear but they were able to drain most of it. He gave us some antibiotic drops to use the next couple of days as well. About 2 minutes after he left, a nurse came and told us we could go back to see Sam. When we got to him, there was another nurse standing by his bed holding him. He was still pretty much out at this point. Well, she quickly passed him off to Travis and told us that when she went to pick him up she didn’t think he weighed as much as he does. HA!!! Sam couldn’t support any of his weight, so Travis sat down with him.

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He had a heart rate monitor on his big toe. You can kind of tell in the picture that it was making his toenail glow red. I thought it was kind of funny.

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Eventually, Sam woke up enough for us to dress him and carry him out to the car. I rode in the backseat with him home. We got to Wake Forest and he threw up. The tubes have caused all the stuff in his ears and sinuses to drain like crazy and I think it gagged him. He just threw up snot that had some puss in it. It was pretty gross. What I think was the grossest part though was that I KNEW he was about to throw up and so I stuck my hand under his chin and CAUGHT IT! EWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! We got ourselves cleaned up and finished the drive home. Once we were home all four of us (Peeper included) climbed in our bed and slept for 4 hours. Well, Travis didn’t sleep but Sam, Peeper and I did. It had already been a long morning. When he woke up he was back to normal. We went “shopping” this afternoon with him to keep him out of the house and prevent him from taking another nap so as to not go to bed tonight. We only bought Sam a little Mr. Potato Head but we did walk around the mall and a couple of other stores. We concluded the night by eating at Red Robin so Sam could enjoy seeing Red- the mascot. He was so cute! When Red finally came out to “talk” to the children, Sam sat up real straight in his high chair and started doing his sign for “come here.” I have a video of it but it is still residing on my camera. I will post it later.

Anyway, that was our day in a, rather lengthy, nutshell. Thanks for the prayers and now I pray that this will keep fluid from building up so speech therapy can be more effective and we can get more words to come out of his little mouth!!

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