Wednesday, 22 December 2010
A very early start as we had to be at the hospital for 5:45am. After registration, we were taken to speak to various people about what would happen and had to answer lots of questions. Evan had to change into a little fish gown and got to watch Disney while he waited. We explained as best we could that he would need to sleep for Dr. Park to give him his new legs and when the medicine came he took it without question - he even said it tasted nice (yuk!). He got to choose a flavoured mask for the gas and tried the mask out to make him less frightened. By the time he went into the operating room he was very relaxed and din't cry at all - he is a very brave boy.
We received regular update calls in our private room to let us know everything was going well and finally Dr. Park arrived to tell us it was all over and he was happy with the surgery. We were taken to recovery to see Evan and although he cried a bit, he has been mostly asleep since. He must not be feeling too bad as he had time to watch Peppa Pig earlier. We have been in ICU all afternoon and one of us will stay overnight as only one person can sleep in the room.
Up to the ward hopefully tomorrow and santa should be around with toys which will be fun for Evan. We will send a note on the room number when we know it as the hsoiptal runs a message service via the internet and I'm sure evan would appreciate getting messages.
The staff have been fantastic, calming Evan and informing us at every step. They have really put us at ease and made the whole experience so much less traumatic than it could have been. Thank you to them all.
The staff here have been excellent