We arrived at SJMC around 10.30am and Ashley started to cry when we stepped into the lobby. I guess she knew we were taking her to see a doctor. After all the paperwork at the Day Care surgery on the 1st floor, we went down to the lobby again and bought her a Barney balloon to stop her from crying. Around 12.30pm, the nurse fed some relaxant to Ashley and 5 minutes later, she started to giggle. She must be feeling high from the medication which is supposed to make her relax. It was a funny sight. The medication began to wear off around 1.30pm and Ashley started to cry again as she was feeling scared. The surgery was at 2pm, after a delay of 30 minutes because the OT was not available.
Ashley wearing the hospital gown and feeling high on mummy’s lap.
Then nurse brought me and Ashley into the waiting area to get ready. I tried to calm Ashley down by explaining to her what the nurses and doctors were doing in the room. She stopped crying and was actually very interested in seeing all those people. Then suddenly, the Anaesthesiologist approached us with a few nurses. He was trying to look for the right vein on her hand to stick the needle. 3 nurses and I had to hold Ashley down when he poke the needle on her hand. I wanted to follow them into the OT until she’s asleep but they would not allow it. Ashley was sobbing when they whisked her in and it broke my heart. Tears started flowing down my cheeks eventhough I tried very hard not to cry so I quickly left the room. After 30 minutes, the doctor came out and told me that everything is ok. He said the cyst was filled with oil and blood. We had to go back to see him again in a week’s time. Ashley was wheeled into the waiting area and woke up shortly. She was crying and tried to take off the patch but we managed to calm her. She slept in my arm for a while and we gave her some water around 3.30pm. She was shivering from hunger and we could only give her a little milk and some bread. We left SJMC around 4.30pm.
Ashley after the surgery
Ashley was back to her old self again at night. We took out the eye patch at 9.00pm as per the instruction by the doctor. I was expecting some bruises around her eye but luckily there was none.
Munchkin without the patch
Overall, Ashley has been a good girl and didn’t make a lot of fuss. Thank God!