Rachel's surgery was scheduled for 7:30 am on the 5th. We had to be at Texas Children's Hospital at 6am. It was an early morning for us, but Rachel did well with the early wake up call. Once we arrived at Texas Children's she enjoyed the toys while we waited for her turn to get checked in.
|Playing in the toy car|
Here is Rachel after she was checked in and assessed. All ready to go to be taken back to the operating room. Her doctor/surgeon - Dr. Vilela decided to put the implant in her right ear. The right ear is her worst ear and the one that gets infected the most. Dr. Vilela said that the surgery to put the cochlear implant in will also help to decrease the ear infections. We hope down the road that she will be able to get her left ear implanted.
|Rachel and daddy|
|Her right ear marked for surgery|
She was taken back to the operating room and we went to the waiting room to wait and wait and wait. We were told the surgery would take about 3 or more hours. It took about 3 hours. Dr. Vilela came out to talk to us and told us the surgery went well and the cochlear implant looked good. They did a test while she was still in the OR and the implant is working (just not activated/turned on yet). Once she was taken to the recovery room we were allowed to see her. Rachel was sleeping when we came to see her, but she soon woke up more and was fussy. Rachel usually doesn't do well with anesthesia, but this time around she did better than she had in the past. She just wanted to be held - totally understandable. Sweet Rachel was a trooper!
|This is how she was when we first saw her|
|Daddy holding her|
|Rachel still sleepy from the anesthesia|
|Rachel waking up some, but still out of it from the meds|
After Rachel got a feeding, she started to perk up and started acting her normal active self. Since waking up in recovery, Rachel had been trying to pull off the head bandage. So once she was more awake she finally got that bandage off. She is so persistent/determined and strong that its hard to stop her. The problem with this was there was a drain tube from the incision site sticking out. Well guess what happened once she could get to that drain tube - she pulled it out! Rachel just doesn't like anything on her head that bothers her. The doctor was called and he was ok with it. Thank Goodness there were no complications from her pulling out the drain tube. (Next set of pictures are a little graphic - so warning!)
|Drain tube still in before she pulled it out|
|After she pulled out the tube|
|Incision site healing well|
|Rachel glad to be home|