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March, 2012

  1. Preparing for my Baby to Have Anesthesia

    March 10, 2012 by Michelle

    More than a month of sickness and two weeks after I first called to schedule, it’s done. The endoscopy/lower colonoscopy is scheduled. (The lower colonoscopy is actually called something else I can’t remember at the moment.)

    Getting the call from the scheduler yesterday saying it had made it through the channels and we could set a date was a relief at first. Finally! But anxiety crept in shortly after.

    My bunny will be put under anesthesia.

    It’s real. Less than two weeks away. She’s just 21 months old. And though I know this procedure will give us some answers blood work couldn’t, it’s still stressful. I’m tempted at times to just exercise my parental right to say, “She’s just small, no more tests!” But that would be denying her care if it turns out there is something that can/should be done.

    I’ve met moms who’ve told me they’ve been through rounds of tests to eventually find out nothing is wrong. But I’ve met the flip side also. Gut may say everything is ok, but I’ll feel a lot less guilty if I do all I can.

    I’m told someone will call before the procedure to discuss it. In the meantime questions run through my head.

    • Will I be with her the whole time? And do I want to see the procedure if I am allowed with her?
    • How long will she be out?
    • Will she wake up calmly, crying, screaming?
    • Will she feel any pain afterward?
    • what side effects might she experience?

    A friend knows an anesthesia nurse I may talk to. But I’m curious from you. Has your child ever had anesthesia? What was it like?