Around 4 p.m. today, our nurse came to check on Brenna, who still hadn't woken up from surgery, except for a couple of bouts of consciousness within an hour after her procedure. It was about this time too that Brenna's breathing rate began to pick up.
Her nurse tried to move Brenna around and picked her up to try to rouse her, to no avail. Eventually the hospitalist came to check on her as well.
Then, Brenna began to experience a little tremor in her upper body - almost like a mini-seizure that was off and on. At this point, the doctor stayed really close, monitoring her breathing, her vitals and the tremors. When nothing would wake Brenna, the anesthesiologists were called in.
As each of these issues progressed, we could see the medical staff get a little more concerned. We have had a little experience analyzing the reactions of doctors and nurses, and we're always trying to read them when it comes to how worried they are.
Two hours later, at 6 p.m., Brenna still hadn't woken up, which meant she'd been under anesthesia for about 9 hours. The anesthesiologists were checking her records, and she had had nothing different than she did with her eye surgery at 3 weeks old, except for two drugs that typically are "in and out" of the system, they told us. Her breathing rate - usually in the 20-30 breaths per minute range - was in the 60-80 range. She hadn't had any urine output since the surgery, and she was still have tremors.
The situation, which seemed to be building and building, felt like it got really serious really fast.
Within 15 minutes or so, we had 3 anesthesiologists, a general surgeon resident and a hospitalist examining and conferring about our daughter.
When the head of ICU arrived in our room and they assembled a team with a triage cart outside the room, we were pretty frightened and wondering how serious this really was. I don't think until Brenna was stabilized that we really felt the weight of it all.
Eventually the pediatric anesthesiologist discovered that Brenna's glucose levels were extremely low, so they began to pump her full of sugars. Almost immediately, she began to wake up. It probably helped her alertness that they were also sticking her heel so they could run a bunch of blood tests...
Our sweet girl is now stable (although she still isn't having an "output", so hopefully that changes really fast)...We're fervently hoping that the change in glucose level was the determining factor in this whole situation and that it will be smooth sailing now.
I'm still in a fog, and I can actually feel the tightness in my muscle from being so tense for so long this evening. What is this girl doing to me!? :)
Thanking God for keeping her safe tonight and praying hard for no more complications...