Friday, July 18, 2014

New brain MRI and ABR

Reagan was a rock star today! She spent the night in her chair again and was restless again last night. She woke up serious but stable. She was sensitive to noises, in that she was easily startled, but at least she wasn't getting upset by them. She was a little spitty, but not at all nauseous (we did continue Zofran for the remainder of the day just to be safe). We immediately decided that she looked good and stable enough to go through the procedures (we had started her on pedialyte at midnight last night). We left around 9:45 for a 10:30am arrival time. We didn't have to wait long in the pre-op waiting room (thank God, because it's open to the main area of the hospital that is VERY noisy) and then we were quickly escorted back where they weighed her, took her vitals, and then sent in a plethora of people that asked questions and made me sign paperwork. The start time was right around noon and the MRI would last 45min or so and the ABR another 1.5hr. So they were supposed to finish sometime between 2-2:30. They allowed me to go back with her to MRI (her nurse went to the waiting room) and I was able to hold her hand and reassure her as they gave her watermelon flavored gas to fall asleep. She's a fighter and it took a bit for her to finally doze off (eyes still partially open), and then they showed me the door! When I got out to the waiting room, Mike was waiting with the nurse (he had come over for his lunch break). We all went down to the cafeteria and had lunch. We blew an hour or so in the cafeteria and then the rest of our time in the cute little hospital gift shop. We headed back down just before 2 and were buzzed back shortly thereafter to meet with the audiologist's that performed the ABR. Long story short, her hearing looks great (even the lower, quieter sounds). They did mention that one of her ears had a reduced tympanic response but they said that could be due to the anesthesia and since her hearing looked good, it was nothing to be concerned about. A few minutes later, they buzzed us back to recovery and she was laying in bed with her eyes still closed. As soon as I starting talking to her, she opened her little bloodshot eyes and looked at me. She was pretty lethargic, and her body temp was lower than they like (so they had her covered in warm blankets), but we started her feeds again and she was waking up enough that they moved us to a new room to get us ready to discharge. They removed her iv, we changed her clothes, and got her the heck out of there right around 3pm! Everything went about as smoothly as we could have hoped for! She continued with her somber mood the rest of the night. She eventually dozed off and we were finally able to put her in her own bed for a good night's sleep! Thank you so much for your prayers today!!! (We should find out the results of her brain MRI next week!)

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