Today, we take Kaitlynn to the surgery center for her dental procedure. She is having some cavities filled in and will be sedated for the procedure. When we talked to her last night about it, to try to prepare her, she started crying and saying she didn't want surgery. I calmed her down and the 2 other questions she had for us were: is it going to hurt? and were we going to leave her? I reassured her that it wouldn't hurt because she would be sleeping. I told her that she would be getting medicine to make her fall asleep so she wouldn't feel anything. Then I told her that we wouldn't leave her. We were going to be in the waiting room. She wasn't too happy about that and started crying. I started crying and promised her I wouldn't leave her, but had to explain to her again that we would stay with her as long as they let us.
I felt it was important to predict for her what was going to happen. She always does better at medical / dental appointments when I do that for her. I also feel that it is only fair for her to know what to expect. I don't want her to be at all surprised when we wake her up to take her to a strange building. I want her to know what is going on and be prepared for what is going to happen.
I also didn't want to lie to her. I wanted her to know that we will be with her, until we have to go to the waiting room (during the procedure). I was not going to lie to her, but needed to reassure her we were not leaving her.
The lady that called me from the surgery center the other day assured me that this procedure is harder on the parents than it is on the kids. I told her that I hoped so. She better be right!
I am trying to lay my worries and anxiousness at Jesus' feet, but I keep taking it all back. I have been praying all day, any chance I get a free moment. I have also been asking everyone for their prayers and thoughts. So if you get a moment, please say a prayer for my baby and the medical professionals taking care of her.
2 years ago