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Ok, DS (who will be 11 months on Wednesday) is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow to bring down his undescended testicle. He has to have general anesthesia. I'm kinda freaked out!!! Any btdt????<br><br>
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Neither of DS1's testicles descended on their own. He had surgery when he was 3. It really wasn't a huge deal. He was back to normal by late afternoon. Good luck to your son!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ok, DS (who will be 11 months on Wednesday) is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow to bring down his undescended testicle. He has to have general anesthesia. I'm kinda freaked out!!! Any btdt????<br><br>
tia!</div>
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Our story is quite different, but DS had open heart surgery at 3 months old. It was so hard/emotional you name it, but here is my advice:<br><br>
Drink lots of water (hospitals are very drying)<br>
Try to get sleep whenever you can...i was awake for over 40 hours and almost got sick myself from the pure exhaustion.<br>
Ask as many questions as you have. It is their job to answer everything!<br>
Have someone there with you (dh, dp, (i'm not sure if you have one so i just mean to bring someone if not)<br><br>
Also, they gave my son a nasty tasting oral medication to get him VERY groggy before doing the acutal anestitia in the operating room. This way he wouldn't strart freaking out that the doctors were taking him away from mommy. Is that an option for your little one? I will admit though the reaction on ds's face while they made him drink it was heartbreaking.<br><br>
If you have any more questions i would be happy to answer them for you! I know our situations are different, but i would love to help in any wya i can!
 

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My son had eye surgery at 13 months. I was so scared. It made it easier that he was ok going with the nurse.<br>
One thing that bothers me is they wait until they are stable to get mom and dad. I wanted to be there when he woke up. Stress that you want to be there as soon as possible. I was upset to see him sobbing and them giving him a bottle of sugar water. I didn't mind the bottle (he never had one but it comforted him) but i was upset because you could tell they didn't get me as soon as he woke up. Make sure you make it clear.<br>
I will pray for your wee little guy.
 

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DS2 had open heart surgery @ 2 weeks old. It was really scary. Any surgery is scary. DS1 had surgery to have ear tubes placed a few mos ago and that was scary too. Try to stay as calm as possible and just comfort him. Take care of yourself, drink, eat, etc. Bring a book to distract yourself while the surgery is going on. Ask if you can be there for anesthesia - sometimes you can. With DS1's ear tubes I stayed until he was out. With DS2 it was obviously different so I could only walk him to the OR doors.<br><br>
Good luck mama, it will likely be more traumatic on you than him.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Also, they gave my son a nasty tasting oral medication to get him VERY groggy before doing the acutal anestitia in the operating room. This way he wouldn't strart freaking out that the doctors were taking him away from mommy. Is that an option for your little one? I will admit though the reaction on ds's face while they made him drink it was heartbreaking.</div>
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Yeah they said he will get "giggle juice" which is essentially valium before he goes and they will get us as soon as he is in recovery. His surgey is at CHOP (children's hospital of philadelphia) so they seem like they are going to be really good about letting us know what will be going on.<br><br>
Thanks everyone for the good vibes and thoughts.
 

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My now 6yo DS had this surgery in September 2003 and it was SOOOOOOOO much better than we imagined it would be! Not that I would do it if we didn't have to, but we were so so so anxious.<br><br>
I would actually gently recommend considering not doing the valium since in some cases it can actually make them kind of hyper and more upset. But this is just anecdotal from friends whose toddlers had surgery, so of course this may not be true for every child. We declined it and he rode off to the OR In a little red wagon and didn't look back.<br><br>
Does your little guy suck his thumb? Mine did and we didn't think to ask them to put the IV in the other arm and that was honestly the worst part for him outside of taking the bandaid off after we were home! He was so ticked that he couldn't suck his thumb right away when he woke up!<br><br>
Otherwise, once he was in recovery with us they took the IV out and he took a 45 min nap in my arms. Woke up and had some juice and crackers and was jumping around before we were even discharged! I was shocked, but he was seriously totally himself and happy. What a relief! We did give him regular Tylenol for a couple days at nap and bedtime, but he never needed the rx pain meds they wrote a script for. He took a normal nap when we got home and that was that! We were gentle and cautious at diaper changes, but it really went off w/o a hitch.<br><br>
I really hope things go perfectly for you tomorrow, I'll think some positive and healthy thoughts tomorrow morning!<br><br>
Oh one final thought, we had this done at a regular hospital w/ a non-pediatric urologist and it went this well. It was at a hospital in Seattle. which I mention b/c I have heard things are a little more warm and fuzzy here in terms of balancing clinical stuff w/ bedside manner stuff.
 

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UPDATE!<br><br>
Thanks everyone for their kind thoughts! We just got home from the hospital and ds is nursing and napping in my lap as I type this.<br><br>
Everything went well, he is soooo sleepy still and totally floppy!<br><br>
I think the hardest thing is going to be that he can't be on any straddling toys or carriers for 2 weeks. He can't be carried on my hip, or in his ergo! He's over 25lbs!!!! I guess he's going to have to ride around in the stroller more.<br><br>
Thanks again for sending us good vibes. I just can't wait for him to wake up and be "normal" again.
 

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So glad to hear that it went well!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: Hope things are back to normal by tonight!
 

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I'm glad it went well!
 

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Huh, I am very surprised that they told you that. No one said anything to me about not carrying DS1 in the ergo or not letting him use straddling toys. Maybe they just assumed that he wasn't carried much anymore, since he was already 3 and 35 lbs (but they still didn't say anything about straddling toys.)<br><br>
Did they give you tylenol with codeine? We gave it to DS1 for the first few days after his surgery, but then he started having tantrums when we tried to give it to him. Turns out codeine can sometimes cause nausea. We ended up putting a little bit of water into a disposable diaper (a couple tablespoons or so), putting it int he freezer, and then putting it on him for 20 min or so. He liked his "ice diapers." If you try this, just be careful to not put too much water in so he doesn't get frostbite.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">UPDATE!<br><br>
Thanks everyone for their kind thoughts! We just got home from the hospital and ds is nursing and napping in my lap as I type this.<br><br>
Everything went well, he is soooo sleepy still and totally floppy!<br><br>
I think the hardest thing is going to be that he can't be on any straddling toys or carriers for 2 weeks. He can't be carried on my hip, or in his ergo! He's over 25lbs!!!! I guess he's going to have to ride around in the stroller more.<br><br>
Thanks again for sending us good vibes. I just can't wait for him to wake up and be "normal" again.</div>
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I'm glad it went well!<br>
My son was 18 months. They told us that while they might tell us to limit him it would be impossible and we could count on him not to do anything that would hurt. No one mentioned a thing about struddling toys or anything and my son's surgery was complicated. I'm really glad it's past for you!!
 
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