Yesterday and today I was on the phone with the hospital. Everything is a "go" for Leah's surgery. We have preauthorization from our insurance for her surgery. We are preregistered at the hospital. And today we heard from hospital billing and another call to give us our pre-op instructions. Billing was calling us to let us know how much we had left to pay of our deductible and that after that we are responsible for 20% (which we knew). We will be receiving a bill a couple weeks after the surgery and they said we could make payments.
Pre-op instructions are as follows: No breastmilk after 3:30am Monday morning. Leah can have water or pedialyte between 3:30-5:30 if we need to and nothing after 5:30am. We have to be at the hospital at 5:45am to check in. At this point we don't know if they will be doing bloodwork that morning before the surgery but there were no instructions from the surgeons for that. She said a lot of times with healthy babies they just draw that during "prep." I guess that makes better sense because by then they will be under and not feel the stick of the needles. I am thankful so far that she has not had to have any pre-op visits for labs/bloodwork.
We will be in a "holding" area with her. We will be able to stay with her until surgery time at 7:30am. Nurses will be available for questions and right before the surgery at 7:30 the surgeons and anesthesiologist will come in for any questions we may have. I am thankful Leah is the first surgery Monday morning....we won't have too long to wait with her being hungry...and we may be able to keep her asleep. She sleeps well that time of morning.
Our surgeons will be fresh off of a weekend and our plastic surgeon just came back from vacation. That is kind of nice.
So we'll drive down Sunday afternoon...get settled in the Conine Clubhouse....grab some dinner and try to get to bed EARLY!! I am not sure how much sleep we will get but Leah usually sleeps well between 9-1 or 2 so I should take advantage of that time frame though I am not normally able to go to sleep that early. I will wake to feed her her last feeding around 3pm and hopefully she will go back to sleep right away like she normally does (though she hasn't the past 2 nights!!). I am praying she will sleep well these next 3 nights so that I can get caught up on some sleep before next week.
We also found out today that though the PICU rooms are private that the regular pediatric rooms are NOT! They said sometimes if they are not busy they will keep the babies in the PICU for the rest of their stay. They put a request in for me for a private room since I am nursing but there are no guarantees. Pray that we are able to stay in a private room for the duration because this thing is stressful enough without worrying about Leah's crying keeping another family awake or them keeping us awake. We've always had private hospital rooms for all my births and when I've stayed in the hospital with Rebecca for a week when she was 2 months old. I really can't imagine how hard it would be caring for Leah and not having privacy...privacy to nurse, pump, sleep etc.
Tomorrow we have a lot of loose ends to tie up...cleaning, laundry, packing, paying bills, etc. I pray Leah takes better naps so we get it all done.
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