Okay, Becca has come through the surgery fine and has woken up enough to eat - which was, of course, the first thing she wanted to do. She's still very, very groggy (okay, she's back to sleep now), and her belly is poofier and tighter than I'd like to see, but I think she's just full of gas from having abdominal surgery (us C-section moms know what that is like!). Her ABR went GREAT! She is hearing perfectly fine now. There was one frequency that was borderline normal, but other than that, she's good to go. The world must seem very loud to her right now! Audiology will continue to follow her and repeat their tests every few months because she continues to be at very high risk for progressive hearing loss, but she should be good to go now. I'm excited to see what kinds of sounds she starts to imitate now that she can really hear them! I have a feeling that she's now going to notice the dogs even more now.
We are settled into our room for the night. The hospital is TOTALLY full. They are literally sticking patients in the linen closets in the Emergency Department. We feel somewhat lucky to at least have two camp cots in a recovery room with her instead of being parked in the hallway somewhere. We're kind of in a dungeon back here - no TV, no bathroom, not even a sink - but they do have an Icee machine right outside our door! Yum!
Becca only has one wire attached to her - her pulse-oximeter. The reason they are keeping her overnight is that former preemies are at a high risk for post-anesthesia apnea (where she forgets to breathe) for the 12-24 hours after surgery. Her pulse-ox will buzz if her oxygen saturations drop. She also still has an IV in, but right now it's not actually hooked up to anything. They will just use it for meds during the night. Hopefully, if she looks good and doesn't have any apnea episodes during the night, we'll be released relatively early tomorrow. We'll see.
In other good news: Becca is only on bath restriction until Friday! Yay! Our water bug will be back in her natural environment in just a few days.
I hope we're in for an uneventful night, but I'll let you know via this blog if anything changes. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!