We recently went in for an EUA (exam under anesthesia) and I wanted to write a post about it so that other mom’s out their could know what to expect. We knew what surgery was like but I had no idea what to expect with an EUA.
I am proud to say that we survived and my little pirate was amazing! He really does impress me every single day!
The day before his EUA I got a call saying our check in time would be 11:30. I was not very happy about this because I was told they normally do younger kids first thing in the morning since kids can’t eat for 6 hours before being put under. DARN.
I drove the 2 and a half hours to my parents house who live a LOT closer to our dr. My husband had to stay in school. He had law school finals all week. 😦
So I set a plan. That evening put my little man to bed like normal. Since 3am was the last time he was going to be able to eat I woke up my peaceful sleeping baby at 2:00am! He was so happy to see me and we went down stairs and proceeded to have our breakfast! I wouldn’t give up this time that I spent with my son for anything! Totally worth every minute! I let him eat, and eat and eat and eat and eat some more. And boy was he hungry. He laughed and watched me curously as I took pictures of him.
I can see him working it through his mind. “Mom, what in the world are you doing? Why did you wake me up in the middle of the night? Why are you taking pictures? …. Your crazy but I love it…. YUM!”
Isn’t he adorable. (Im so proud of myself for making this .gif animation. Thank you Jenica for the tutorial. If you are curious how to make one of these visit her blog here!)
In the morning we did whatever we could to distract the little monster so that he didn’t think about eating. We took a fun bath in the sink!
And then we left little sister with my not so little, little sister. And headed to appointment. My mom came with me. She is AMAZING! Scott was so happy. Didn’t complain at all. Im so glad I fed him in the middle of the night!
He walked right into his appointment. So cute!
After everything was ready our doctor came and we said our good byes and I had to hand him over to the nurse. I think this is the hardest part!!!!! But my amazing little man didn’t mind and went happily to them and away they went. I went back to the waiting room. It took a little over and hour and then they came and got me. As I walked down the hallway I knew it was him screaming bloody murder. 😦 He woke up very, very un-happy.
It felt like he screamed forever. We tried everything and nothing made him calm down. 😦 After the nurses took out his IV and tried to help calm him down they decided to send us home. I think they were glad to get him out of there. I think he was scaring all of the other kids.
And at home he ate and ate and ate again! He ended up not eating until 4:30 that evening. Thats a LONG time without eating! You can see they dilated his eyes a lot. This was a couple hours after being put under.
I hope this helps someone. EUA’s aren’t as bad as you would think. They are a pain but you will survive. Scott did get a new contact prescription and back up glasses prescription. Everything looks good in there and no glaucoma! YAY. His optical nerve looks a little different in his cataract eye and the doctor wasn’t sure why that was but he said he would keep an eye on it. All together, GREAT NEWS!