This morning was Kane’s second experience as a surgical patient at the Stollery Children’s Hospital here in Edmonton. His first surgery was December 27, 2013 when he had open heart surgery to repair Supravalvular Aortic Stenosis. You can read more about Kane’s first Stollery experience in my post, My Heart Warrior. As for this time, Kane went in for a bipolar release of the sternocleidomastoid muscle in his neck, as well as a mole excision. You can see for yourself what our day was like.
Wake up was at 5:45 this morning.
Even Maverick made the trip.
A little glassy eyed that early in the morning. One of the best final pictures of Kane’s mole.
We arrived at the hospital at 6:10. Kind of entertaining that the pay here sign is pointing to my name : )
Daddy saying goodbye before he dropped Maverick off at Jen’s house.
The long walk in his awesome outfit! New dinosaur pajamas and his favourite cowboy boots.
Checking out his surroundings.
Hospital bracelet time.
Checking for a surprise in his backpack, while wearing another great outfit.
A get well card from Nana Cheryl and Eddie.
And a playmobil neigh neigh and cart!
One of Kane’s preferred play positions.
A play break for stickers (with numbing cream for IV insertion).
And back to the neigh neigh.
At this point, I put my camera down and was “just a mom”. We talked with the anaesthesiologists and then I brought Kane into the operating theatre where they put him to sleep. If I’m honest I debated asking if I could shoot in there, but decided against it 😉 Kane went in for surgery around 7:30 and we were paged at 10 to come and see him in recovery.
Not even a popsicle could break the spell.
But he wanted “wawer”.
Nowhere near as overwhelming as seeing him after heart surgery.
They happened to have some Thomas DVDs for Kane to enjoy. I love this shot with Dad’s hands.
OT came to fit Kane’s neck brace.
He will be wearing it around the clock until the 28th when he has his follow up appointment with his surgeon. At that point we will learn about next steps.
Harrison headed off to pick up Maverick while Kane was discharged. We had a little extra time, so we headed up to the Family Room on the 4th floor to see the fish.
And have some more water.
Though he didn’t quite make it.