Less than 24 hours from now Noah will have a cochlear implant. I'm currently pretty excited about that. If you ask me in 5 minutes I'm liable to be scared out of my mind. Talk about an emotional rollercoaster! This morning we had our pre-op appointment at the ENT office. It was a total waste of time. The appointment consisted of 2 parts: history and physical. We had the physical exam first - a nurse took Noah's temperature and listened to his heart. That's it! Then history... I had the abridged version of Noah's medical history typed up, so I gave that to the doctor when he came in (and by doctor I mean first year resident who'd probably never seen a 24 weeker before in his entire life). He read the paper, took some notes, and then asked some questions. Q&A time went like this....
Dr.: So, did you have any complications in your pregnancy with Noah?
(What, did the C-section at 2am on a holiday at 24 weeks gestation give you a hint? Stupid resident.)
Emily: Yes, I had HELLP.
Dr.: So, does anyone in your family have any problems?
Emily: What kind of problems?
Dr.: You know.... Problems.
Emily: Hearing problems?
Dr. No. Problems.
Emily: Health problems?
Dr. Yeah, you know.... Problems.
Emily: My blood pressure is still elevated from the HELLP.
Dr.: What's HELLP?
I'm sure glad he's not doing the surgery! Speaking of surgery... We'll be at the hospital ready to go at 6:30 tomorrow morning. Please pray for Noah, particularly that he would handle the anesthesia well and have no breathing difficulties (this is our biggest fear right now).