Strabismus Surgery Number 2

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After much stress and sleepless nights, surgery day arrived.  We were scheduled for 12:45pm and Owen was not allowed anything to eat after midnight.  And he was only allowed apple juice water and popsicles until 8:30am.

This did not make for a pleasant morning.

Our two year old absolutely loves his sippy cup of warmed strawberry milk in the morning.  So when I handed him a cup of cold apple juice instead you can imagine the reaction I was given.  Picture screaming, yelling, crying, hitting and a cup being thrown from his crib.

It wasn’t pleasant.  But it wasn’t his fault; he didn’t know or understand why or what was about to take place that day. Poor little man.

Grandad Jim and Grandmom Janice came over to watch Ryan and mommy, daddy and O-wee were off to The Children’s Surgery Center at Meridian Mark Plaza.  And yes, tears were shed all the way there.  By mommy; not O-wee.

We were admitted quickly and back in the pre-op room.  The staff really is amazing there and they quickly put my fears and nervousness to rest.  They treated Owen with such love and care and related to him as a two year old.  Every admin, doctor and nurse greeted him first and talked to him directly before talking to me and Jim.  The admission person even gave Owen’s puppy an ID tag to match his own.

Before long daddy took Owen back to the surgery room and stayed with him until he was asleep.


This was daddy’s second time having to do this.  Owen had his ear tube surgery here as well and was allowed to go back with him.  For his last eye muscle surgery though we had that done at Thomas Eye Surgery Center and nobody was allowed to go back to the surgery room.

The surgery lasted about an hour and surprisingly it went by fast.  We were moved over to the post-op rooms and settled in to wait for the doctor’s report and for Owen to come back to us.

Dr. Lipsky came in and immediately let us know that the surgery went perfectly.  He said there was very little scarring from the last surgery and that his eyes healed really well from that one.  Here’s hoping the same happens with this surgery.

Shortly after our consult with Dr. Lipsky, Owen was wheeled into the room crying.  He was waking up from the general anaesthesia and was not a happy camper.  Not at all.

We thought he was going to rip the IVs and tubes off of his arm himself.  He was mad!!

We got him calmed down, IVs out, juice in him and he was dressed and we were out of there.

Once we got home, Owen did not want me out of his sight.  He followed me around crying and had to be with me at every moment.  Every 15-20 minutes he would just started wimpering and whining that his eyes hurt and would snuggle up in my arms.  He’d stay that way for about 5-10 minutes and then would be ready to play again for another 15-20 minutes.

It was a tough afternoon/evening so we just lounged around the house with grandad and grandmom and watched movies and played quietly.  Everyone was exhausted and the boys were sleeping by 7:30pm and mommy and daddy by 8:00pm.

Today hasn’t been much different.  Still a lot of whining and crying, but he is eating and drinking well so that’s good.  He is playing a little more and will let me out of the room for at least a few minutes.  He does still want to snuggle a lot and that’s fine by me.  I will snuggle him every chance he lets me.

Daddy and Ryan went for a quick doctor check for a bad cough Ryan’s had for a few days now and then off for a special lunch to Chick-fil-A since Ryan was feeling a little left out and needed some one-on-one time.  Mommy and O-wee are snuggled up watching Handy Manny.  We’ve had more TV in the last 24 hours then we’ve had in the last month!

Thanks everyone for the thoughts and prayers over the last day or so.  And thank you to our wonderful neighbors who brought us lunch yesterday!

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  1. I’m so glad you stopped by my blog! We just lived this EXACT same thing! I’m emailing you now!

  2. Glad it went well. Our surgery (all three of them) were at the same place…with Dr. Bordenca. I sure hope we never end up there again.

  3. So very happy to hear that the surgery went well…I’ll be praying for positive results!

  4. Glad it went well. Hope he heals quickly.

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      Thanks Sarah! I hope the healing goes quickly too. His eyes make mine tear up; they are all red and swollen 🙁

  5. I hope he’ll be back to his old self in no time! I’m sure surgery is nerve wracking for all of you! Get better little man!

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      Thanks Ashley! He’s already showing signs of his old self and only needing a few extra snuggles and loving in between. I take the snuggles as I can get them!!

  6. I’m so glad the surgery went well!


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