Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Appointment day

Today we bring Magnus in for his all-day "pre-operative appointment." The letter they sent us said that it will include "lab work, chest x-ray, echocardiogram, meet with the nurse practitioner, anesthesiologist and surgeon." It doesn't seem like that stuff should really take all day, but I can believe that it will!

Our biggest fear today is that they will find some reason why they don't want to go ahead with the surgery on Wednesday. Funnily enough, my biggest worry has actually been his skin. In addition to the cradle cap (which is much better, but something we still have to be vigilant about), Magnus has very sensitive skin, and is prone to rashes and acne flare-ups...including on his chest. I don't think I wrote about this before, but when we brought him in for his cath, one of the residents got worried because he had a bit of a rash in the area of his groin where the catheter is inserted. She thought it might be a fungal diaper rash, so we had to wait for the cath doctor to come by and check it out...did I mention that this was after Magnus had already been fasted for nearly 8 hours, screaming all the while? Thankfully, the cath doctor said that it wasn't a fungal diaper rash and it wasn't a problem for the procedure.

Anyway, Magnus's skin had been looking pretty good, but a few days ago, the cradle cap and rashes started flaring up again. We've been aggressively treating him with dandruff shampoo, Aveeno oatmeal bath, mineral oil, and every other baby skin remedy that's been suggested to us. And he looks OK this morning, but that could change in a few hours!

So, our hopes for today are that he gets a clean bill of health for the surgery, and of course, that the blood draw and other tests aren't too painful and go quickly. Wish us luck!


  1. Best of luck to you and your family, Jen. I'll be keeping all of you in mind in the next day.

  2. You have all of our best wishes and all of the positive vibes we have to send! Hope this helps! We'll be thinking of you all day and knowing that this surgery will be harder on you guys than it is on Magnus.

    My suggestions is that you talk with Dr. Azakie before the procedure tomorrow to make sure he know which one he's doing and if he's read up on it lately.

    Love and Kisses to all of you!