First Anniversary Of Cassandra’s Surgeries

Today marks the first anniversary of my sweetie-pie’s first surgery, a complicated 5-hour Ureteral Reimplantation surgery. For the past 1 week, I really cannot help but keep reminiscing the days leading to her first ever surgery exactly a year ago. As I browsed through my picture folder this morning and viewed the pix of Baby and me in the hospital last year, my heart felt twitches and jabs, as if someone was poking a recovering wound. The pix of Baby (then 13 months old) lying on the hospital bed listlessly with a bunch of tubes and wires all over her body brought back a lot of unpleasant memories.

Exactly a year ago at this time, I was in the OT room with Baby, with her in my arms. I will never forget the moment when the anesthetist administered the GA through the IV catheter and I watched my baby knocked off into a deep sleep within seconds. Placing her on the hard metal OT bed was the most painful and emotional thing for me thus far. I kissed her on the forehead and said “God please bring Cassandra back to me safely”….

Baby was poked more than a dozen times all over her hands and feet during the 3 weeks hospital stay for purpose of insertion of the IV catheter. Each time the IV catheter was inserted, her hand or foot would turn swollen the following day, thus the almost-daily re-insertion of the IV catheter. The most painful and traumatizing moment for me was when I saw how the nurse wrongly inserted the nasal gastric tube through Baby’s nostril direct into her throat and stomach late one night, which caused her immense pain as that was done without any GA or LA. Baby was in so much pain and trauma that she her body turned frozen for a moment, she bawled and puked green stuff all over. The tube was removed and re-inserted by the surgeon the same night! When Baby returned to her room, she was shivering profusely and her temperature shot up.

Over a hundred pix were snapped during our 3 weeks stay in the hospital. I just could not bring myself to finish viewing those pix.

Here is just one of the pix. It was taken on the 2nd day post-op on 6 May 2009. There were tubes all over her frail tiny body. 

Dear Lord, I pray that Cassandra never ever have to go through another surgery in her life ever again. Amen.

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