I have been trying different things to get Nick ready. But first I wanted to look over my own resources. I had a collection of booklets and the Sick Kids video when we were getting ready for surgery 2 years ago.
I also reviewed my blogging from his MACE surgery to see if I had any tips or tricks
- surgery day - http://riddingfamily.blogspot.ca/2014/07/surgery-day.html
- night and bleeding/pain - http://riddingfamily.blogspot.ca/2014/07/a-rough-evening.html
- recovery/day 1 - http://riddingfamily.blogspot.ca/2014/07/a-new-day.html
- visitors - http://riddingfamily.blogspot.ca/2014/07/visitors.html
- discharge - http://riddingfamily.blogspot.ca/2014/07/we-are-outta-here.html
It helped me to remember what had worked and what hadn't.
I had printed out another workbook, but Nick wasn't interested in it.
He told me "Mommy, I just had surgery (botox). I know what to do"
So we talked a lot about what to expect. And I had some props
He didn't want to have his blood pressure taken. But was very interested in the stethoscope.
We watched the Sick Kids video again
We have talked a lot about how I will be with him the entire time (except during the operation when he will be asleep).
I have been making lists about what to pack. Including clothes for myself for 5 days, some food (so I'm not eating all cafeteria food) and entertainment for Nick.
I don't really know how to prepare Nick for afterwards, because I am not even sure.
Katheryn has been there when Nick and I have talked about what to expect. She had some questions as well. We are trying to keep her routine as normal as possible, so she will come to visit on the weekend and will stay in school. She wanted to come and stay at the hospital.
It has been a long journey to being 1 week away. Starting in being taken by surprise March 1st and almost on the road to recovery.