Freaking out and Hyperventilating
Tuesday, July 25, 2006

So the nice lady from the Mobile Infirmary calls me to ask about #2, things they need to know before surgery and she says that after the surgery he will be brought to the Surgical Intensive care unit and now I am hyperventilating and generally freaking out. I need to get it out now, so I don;t do it in front of him, but I just want to cry. Silly I know, but there it is.

Please. Please. Please - those of you that pray say one for #2 and me mum. Its a freakin week in FMFland.


Thursday, July 27, 2006 7:12 PM


Getting my happy vibe freak on for ya, FMF:D

And ditto about the ICU stay for #2...he's gonna be shiny in no time. Just needs some special TLC from the docs and nurses to ensure a complete recovery.

Oh...and I will your mom to the vibe recipient list. Spreading the love is the thing to do;)


Wednesday, July 26, 2006 1:44 PM


Lots of positive, "get well soon" thoughts coming your way from here. I fourth (fifth) everyone's belief that intensive care wasn't meant to scare you, just to let you know that they will be watching over #2 with the extra attention, privacy, and care that any under-18 would need.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 3:58 AM


My prayers are with you too.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 11:47 PM


I haven't prayed in years but I think for you I will make an exception. Take a deep breath and know that there are people thinking of you.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 5:08 PM


Thoughts are with you and #2. Hugs all around.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 2:53 PM


Ditto msg's advice. I'm a nurse.
They just want to keep a close eye on your child right after surgery. It may be a (relatively) very short stay there before being moved to recovery and then the regular floor. I can tell you they will be monitoring vital signs closely for about an hour (at least) until they're sure the anesthesia is out of your child's system and everything is looking peachy again.
We automatically up the watch on higher risk patients. This does not mean your baby is at a higher risk, it means "outside the theoretical ideal norm" which is basically everybody other than healthy young to early middle age adults. Your basic grandma and pediatric (under 18s) are included in this automatically.
Sometimes we forget to speak English and unpack the shorthand for the layperson.
If you do not understand, ask for it in simpler terms. Don't be afraid to ask "why". Let them know you're not quite sure what they mean.
They want you informed and calm because your child will pick up on it if you're not. Calm mom = calm child = much easier for everyone.
Be easy, Mamma.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 2:08 PM


I'll be thinking of y'all. Everything is going to be fine...repeat. Let us know if you need anything. Love, D

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 11:08 AM


All of us Forsaken are right there with you!(Even those of us who've been away for a while)

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 10:46 AM


Nothing freaked me out more than the kids I'd had to go see in the hospital. It did feel good to see all the staff really lookin' out for them. All our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 10:45 AM


I'm prayin' for ya.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 10:39 AM


i'll send up some prayers for ya.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 10:27 AM


All will be well!! Many good thoughts and prayers are behind you and #2.

It sounds like they're just planning on taking excellent care of him, as msg and FollowMal said...

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 10:08 AM


Deep breaths, FMF. I don't envy your shoes. If it was my tidbit, I'd be a wreck, too. I third MsG and FollowMal.
*hugs FMF*

No "Good Luck" needed. Everything will be okay.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 9:59 AM


I second what MSG said, FMF.. they are only making it better for him. It's not that he is necessarily in need of that kind of attention.. it's that they want him to be that cared for and comfortable.

This is the point where you have to do what my Mom always says to do... don't borrow trouble. Take stuff on it's face.. allow it to be just the way it is and face it that way. Don't let your worries add to it.

We are all thinking of you and #2, FMF and your Mum too! Those of us who pray will pray, those of us who just send good vibes will be doing that too. :)

Just shut your eyes tomorrow when it gets scary and know that there are a whole bunch of folks thinking of you and yours. And feel comforted.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 9:32 AM


You know we're all behind you..but don't freak over surgical intensive care, they aren't sending him there because they think he's a deaths door....it's just the best place to put kids more prvate and with far more one on one nurse attention and care. Likely they think it will make him feel less stressed. I'm sure they didn't mean to worry you so much


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