Preparing A Child For Surgery

Putting Landon to bed  last night, I felt mixed feelings. On the one hand I had managed to keep him happy despite breaking the news we were headed to the doctor for surgery (I said to get a cast on), and that he was about to have yet another surgery and skin graft. This is something that will happen every year, for a long time. This is what he will deal with as he ages. Tonight the movie Rio and a rolling monkey suitcase did the trick. It made him happy, but as he went to bed I watched it sink in. I watched him become quiet and scared. I tickled him, cuddled him and told him goodnight. What more can I do?

I remember hearing about people who would rather give their right arm then let a thing happen to their kids. Now I am there. How do you prepare a child for surgery?

I don't believe in lying to kids, but keeping it simple is best. Landon knows he's getting a cast and going to sleep. That's good enough. Any more would be too much anxiety. I gave him tons of toys, games, his favorite meal, but really just was there if he felt nervous. That's really all you can do.

I hate this for him and wish we didn't have to do this, but we have to. Please send your prayers for Landon having a smooth surgery and an even smoother transition into surgery. We will let you know how he does.

9 comments:

Beth Dunn said...

Not sure if my comment worked. Thinking of you and praying for a pain free L who will gets lots of attention with his new cast
xoxo
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KatiePerk said...

I hope all goes well. Thinking of you and Landon. Only a fabulous mom would know that a monkey roller suitcase helps!

PaperCourt said...

Thinking of Landon today! xoxo

PaperCourt said...

Thinking of Landon today! xoxo

lizziefitz said...

Sending big prayers and hugs to Landon and the whole crew. I wish I could help you out more .

Katy said...

My son just had eye surgery last week. I can't imagine going through this over and over again - I'll pray that your son has a good recovery. (hugs)

Brie said...

Sending you lots and lots of prayers! I think you are doing everything just right. He knows he is going in for a procedure but to fill him in at this age with all the details will do just as you said, fill him with useless anxiety. Cuddle him and love him - he'll do great xo Brie RN :)

Suburban Princess said...

Thinking about all of you! I know he is going to be just great!

Hillcrest Acres said...

Hope all goes well for Landon. Your all in my thoughts and prayers.