Daddy got her dressed in her gown and socks (which were way too big by the way). She was all set, and around 8:30am, her OR nurse came in to take her back. She was awesome. Turns out she had just finished up her second tour in Afghanistan, and was now working at Children's. I was very happy we got her. She was direct, down to earth, and very personable. We walked with the nurse and Meagan to the OR doors. Brian and I gave Meagan kisses and told her we loved her, and watched her disappear back into the OR.
We went back to our room to wait. We got a call letting us know that Meagan had gone to sleep ok and surgery was starting. The next report was towards the end of Phase 1 of the surgery, round 10:55am. Then we waited. And waited. And waited. Finally around 2pm, we got word she was out and being wheeled to the ICU. We got to see her briefly in the hallway on her way to her room. We had to wait about an hour for her to be settled in and the physicians to do their initial exam. Then we were walked up to the PICU. She was screaming. The nurse was trying to calm her down. Meagan was CRAZY. I took her from the nurse, and for about 2 minutes, she calmed in my arms.
Meagan's behavior was getting to the point of being ridiculous. Something had to be done. She had now flung off her arm guard from slamming her right arm on the bed so hard... her other arm was flailing so badly, it knocked out her one line that went directly into her artery (Thank GOODNESS it clotted or it would have been a much bloodier mess), and she kept arching in bed writhing her body and kicking her legs, so hard that it was pulling the oxygen tubes out of her nose and her other lines out of the monitor. She was screaming and thrashing.
Luckily, just a few minutes later, Dr. R, Meagan's Neurosurgeon, happened to be on his way back to surgery but decided to stop by and see how Meagan was doing. I am so glad he did. He came in and saw the state Meagan was in. He saw her crying, thrashing, and inconsolable. He immediately said "Oh poor baby" and agreed she could not stay in that state all night. He picked up his phone. He called the ICU doctor and asked her for something to help calm Meagan down. The next thing I knew, the nurses were in our room giving her Ativan, and within a short time period, Meagan calmed, and fell asleep. I am so thankful Dr. R stopped by on his way to the OR... and thank goodness he is such a great advocate for his little patients!
As for now, Meagan's head is wrapped very well. They did not put in a drain because Dr. R said that actually causes more risk to kids with shunts. We should be able to have the dressings removed in a day or so and learn how to apply the medicine to her incisions.
I am going to make sure the nurses stay on top of Meagan's discomfort. If Meagan does well through the night, then tomorrow they could step her down to a regular recovery room and move her out of the ICU. So fingers crossed tomorrow she improves and we can move. Her head and eyes are very swollen, and I know this is only the beginning of recovery. She is still in a lot of pain, but, as always, she's handling it like a trooper.