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surgery -- what to expect? what to ask for?

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My DS -- just about to turn 2 -- is having surgery next week, and I have some questions that I hope you attached mamas can answer

 

First, no food or drink 8 hours before the surgery. He's still nursing, although I'm not sure how much milk he actually gets. Can I still nurse him in the morning? (we have to be at the hospital at 5:30, surgery is scheduled for 7:30). I don't want to ask them that, because I don't really want to deal with the strange looks that go along with nursing a 2 year old.

 

Second, I imagine he will hate, hate, hate being taken away from me by some strange nurses. Can I go back with him until he gets put under? Will I be there with him by the time he wakes up?

 

Anything else I should think of? It's not a pediatric-specialty hospital, but they do see lots of kids (and their pediatric ER that we went to yesterday was great).

 

It's surgery to repair a broken finger. In the meantime, he's in a temporary cast that he hates that goes all the way up to his elbow. He keeps asking me to take it off, and it kills me to have to tell him I can't. He's going to hate the permanent cast that he gets after surgery. Any experience in how long it takes kids to get used to casts?

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My babe was much younger when he had to be put under GA for an MRI. It's a different situation, but we could nurse up until 5 hours before and I was not allowed in the MRI room. They explained that having extra people in the room while he was being put under might be a distraction for the doctors. I'm not going to lie, it was really difficult because he was crying from hunger and I had to hand him over to a nurse. I was told in advance that I could stay with him, so that made it harder when I couldn't. 

 

Sorry, mama... I hope he gets through it as quickly and painlessly as possible!!

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