well, we are home again and finally have the surgery behind us
It looks like DS seems to be doing fine without pain meds as well. I did fill the prescription for the stronger pain meds (just to be on the safe side, even though I didn't anticipate him needing them and didn't want to give that stuff anyway), and I did assemble a variety of OTC pain meds (after going to 3 different pharmacies, I had finally found all I wanted, Walgreens actually does have dye-free formulas
), but from the way he's acting right now, he probably/hopefully won't need any, just like your daughter. I took your advice and spent the last few days making popsicles, bought ice cream, etc. He seems to be doing ok, since he's already asking for meat and bread instead of icecream.
They surgery experience was fine. Just as I had feared, they weren't quite as flexible as your hospital when it came to going with him before the surgery and being called right after, but it was good enough.
Before surgery we actually had a small problem because the "loopy drink" (Versed) only comes in a red liquid, thus containing artificial dye, but his dentist was right there, and my son likes him, so we actually didn't need to use the drink at all, DS rode into the OR on the dentist's shoulders and was quite happy about it. They said, inside the OR they just distracted him with a balloon, put the mask on him, and he went to sleep within seconds
After the surgery, they didn't call me while he was still coming out of it, but called me right when he woke up. So apparently he really didn't realize he was without me for more than a minute, couple of minutes, and he quieted down in my arms right away.
So while I still wish that we could have spared our kids this ordeal, I think both of us can be pretty happy with the way it went and the result
Now I just need to catch up on some sleep....I was so worried that I wasn't able to sleep much last night
Thanks for sharing your experience, it came at the perfect time.