Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Connor's MRI

On Friday August 5, Connor had to undergo an MRI. We decided to do it at 7:30 in the morning so Connor's no-food period would be overnight. He slept terribly the night before, which was difficult, but probably ended up being a blessing in disguise for his sleep schedule.

We arrived at the hospital at 7:15, but weren't brought back for 30 minutes. Luckily, since we were at Primary Children's Hospital, there were lots of toys for him to play with.

After they brought us back, they began to check vitals on Connor. This began his battle with the nurses for about the next 30-45 minutes.

Just checking his blood pressure

After vitals, they calmed connor down by letting him play with toys, and we let him also play in the sink. Finally they had to give him an IV. I had to hold him against me while pinning his arm under mine. It was tough, and he was pretty upset afterwards. He kept trying to pull the IV out of his hand, and hated the ace bandage they used to cover the IV. We calmed him down by walking the halls and looking at the painted floors and ceiling. Finally it was time to start the MRI, which meant giving him the medicine to knock him out.

He actually did fairly well getting the medicine. He was happy to let them hook up a syringe of Versed, but once they started to push the liquid, he got upset. Versed is similar to Valium, so he was pretty happy after it took effect until he started to fall asleep. That made him upset. He fell asleep soon after, and they prepped him for the MRI while we were invited to leave.

Since Jim and Kathie had a baby the day before, Lauren ran up to their room for a quick visit while I waited in the lobby. Connor's scan was done in about 45 minutes, and they came to get us since Connor woke up quickly after they removed the anesthetic. Connor was hysterically crying (probably from the drugs, and from waking up surrounded by strangers) but soon settled down and fell asleep on Lauren's lap.

I went to get some breakfast from the cafeteria, and we ate food while Connor napped. The nurses wanted to discharge us, so they roused Connor and got him to eat some goldfish crackers and drink some apple juice. Watching Connor try to eat and drink while half-sedated was hilarious. I'll post a video below. The nurses sent us home and Connor fell asleep on the way home.

Once home, I went to pick up Claire from a sleepover at Tyler and Amy's house, and Lauren tried to get Connor to eat and drink a bit more. Hilarity ensued. He quicly fell asleep and slept for another 1.5 hours.

Finally, when he woke up, he was happy as a clam and ate chicken tenders. He was back to his old self for the rest of the day.

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