(To read about Isla’s first cochlear implant surgery, click here.)
Thank you to everyone for the amazing support for our little girl, Isla. Isla had her second cochlear implant surgery yesterday at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. This time it was for her left ear. In another month, they will activate it, and if everything goes according to plan, she will finally be able to hear in stereo. That’s right, she’ll soon be able to appreciate my Living Strings albums as much as all kids do.
It was a tough day for our girl, and the post-op experience was a little different this time. She had a more adverse reaction to the anesthesia. I figured this out when she projectile-vomited on me as I was holding her close. Yeah, it was a mess, but you know what? I didn’t even flinch. That’s right, I held on to her until the nurse and Patty could take her. She’s MY girl and I hang on to her no matter what. Plus, I’m a U of M alum and a musician, so I’m somewhat familiar with being vomited on.
Seeing your child in real pain is one of the worst experiences a parent can have. When I first saw her after surgery, it wasn’t just her pain that hit me, it was the look of sad confusion on her face. She clearly has no idea why any of this is happening, and although we can hold her close and let her know we love her, there is nothing we can do to explain it to her. All she knows is that it hurts. This is what I mean when I say that this wasn’t an easy decision, because I would do anything to not see that expression on Isla’s face ever again.
The good news is that she is going to be fine. Soon enough, she’ll be running around, laughing, climbing, and just being a regular happy little girl again. I can’t wait.
Oh, and despite the long exhausting day, Patty was amazing. She was always right there to comfort Isla and give her everything she needed. Some would say that’s all part of being a mom, but to me, it’s the most beautiful thing in the world.
I’m the luckiest man I know.